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What is Your Library Account?


Your Library Account allows you to view items you have checked out, renew items, view any fines/fees, read messages about your items and account, and more.

My Library Card is not the same as your Interlibrary Loan account and does not include your Interlibrary Loan items. Visit Digital Delivery and Interlibrary Loan to access or activate your Interlibrary Loan account.

Finding Your Library Account


Click on My Accounts on the Bowdoin Library homepage and select Compass.


screenshot of the bowdoin college library home page


Click on Sign in on the upper right-hand corner of the web page and then enter your Bowdoin username and password.


screenshot of the compass search menu


Click on your name on the upper-right hand corner to access your Library Account.


screenshot of the compass search menu

Exporting Your Search Results

On the search results page, select multiple or individuals items for export, then click the three dots on the right side of the page to see options for exporting your results.

screenshot of search results list showing options for selecting items for export


Select your preferred method of export from the menu the follows.


menu showing options for method of export


Saving Your Search Results and History


Click on a pin icon on the search results page to save searches or individual search results.


screenshot of search results page in Compass showing the location of the pin icons


Log in to your account to view a list of saved items.


screenshot of a library account page featuring saved items


Click on on the Saved Searches and Search History tabs to view those.


screenshot of an account page featuring saved searches screenshot showing accounts page featuring saved searches


Managing Loans and Requests


After signing in with your Bowdoin username and password, you can access the My Library Card features.



From this overview, you can perform actions like renewing all of your library items.

Note: You will only see the Renew option if you are allowed to renew books. For more information, see our Loan Period Guidelines.

You can renew individual items by selecting the Loans tab of My Library Card, as seen below:


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