Collections Management

Collection Management purchases books, journals, online databases and journal archives, audio and visual media, printed music, and other items.  Our staff members locate requested material and place orders with vendors, negotiate license agreements for online materials, acquire performance rights and pay licensing fees for film screenings, pay vendors for all materials, track receipt of materials (including verifying access to online material we've paid for) and contact vendors when necessary to troubleshoot problems such as missing journal issues or difficulties gaining access to online material. Collections Management also maintains our our online catalog (MIDCAT) and our research catalog, Summon

For documentation related to Periodicals and Serials, see our Wiki.


Circulation is responsible for any and all physical items that are borrowed from the libraries.  This includes books, CDs, scores, DVDs, keys, cameras, laptops, and just about anything else anyone wants to have available for students to check out.  We are on the front lines of customer service and are responsible for having the desk staffed every hour the libraries are open.

Please visit go/borrowing ( for more information.

Course Reserves

Library reserves is responsible for providing accurate and timely access to classroom and research materials to facilitate student course work. We work closely with faculty to ensure that print, media, and electronic resources are available to students. Reserves processing information for faculty can be found here:

Access to print and electronic reserves for the current semester can be found here:

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Interlibrary Loan helps eligible patrons obtain materials that are not available at the Middlebury College Libraries, or via NExpress. ILL services are made possible by participating libraries worldwide that share their collections with scholars, researchers, and students of other institutions.

For more information see our main page.

Preservation & Processing

We process new materials (books and audio/visual media) being added to the collection by labeling them to indicate location and ownership and by reinforcing items as necessary to withstand shared use.  We preserve the library collections by repairing materials in the circulating collections and performing conservation treatments on materials in special collections.  We also monitor the environment and educate users on proper handling of library collections.

For documentation related to Preservation & Processing please see our wiki.


Watch our locally produced "commercial" on how to handle library materials.


The Library Systems group is responsible for the multitude computer/web technologies that provide access to the Middlebury Library's collections and subscriptions. We ensure that all library systems integrate into the College's website, enable discovery services, provide off-campus access, and support our digital archives.  Our bailiwick includes, among many other things, Summon, MIDCAT, CONTENTdm (Digital Collections @ Midd), NExpress, EZproxy, and LibGuides.

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