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Library Services for Visitors

While Colorado College is a private institution and our primary mission is to serve the educational needs of our students, we do make our collections open to the public as much as possible.

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Visiting Tutt Library

  • Please note that our hours may seem irregular due to the nature of our academic calendar and the Colorado College Block Plan.
  • To ensure the security of library patrons, at certain times we ask visitors to show ID or sign in at the library entrance.
  • Visitors must leave the building by 10:00 PM.
  • Research librarians are happy to help the public, though our first priority is the Colorado College community.
  • The public is welcome to use all collections, including Government Documents and Special Collections. You may wish to call or email those departments in advance to expedite your research.

Borrowing Books

We offer limited borrowing privileges for Community Borrowers.

Article and Information Databases

In most cases, visitors to the library can use our article and information databases while visiting the library and logged into a library computer (see computer use policy below). Due to contract restrictions, these databases are not available from off-campus for the public. Your local public library may provide similar databases to the ones available at Tutt Library.

Computer Use Policy

Tutt Library welcomes public patrons to use the rich resources of our library to carry out research. There is a walk up computer station next to the Research Desk for quick lookups in the TIGER online catalog. There are also two computers designated for public use that provide access to all the library’s resources, including

  • TIGER online catalog
  • Periodical and reference databases licensed by Tutt
  • Government Document resources
  • Special Collections materials
  • Internet resources

Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). However, CC students always have priority use of these computers, and during busy times you may be asked to surrender your computer if it is needed by a student. During Block 1 and the last four days of each CC academic block CC students have exclusive use of all library computers and no public access will be provided. Ask at the Research Desk to be logged on. You must present a photo ID. Individuals are limited to one hour per day. No logins will be allowed after 9:45 PM or 15 minutes before closing, whichever comes first. Computers are only available during Research Desk hours.
Please limit your printed pages to a maximum of 20.

The primary purpose of this policy is to provide public access to academic library resources. We cannot support all of your computing needs. You may use the computers for all kinds of research, however the following activities are not allowed:

  • Commercial activities (including eBay and day trading)
  • Visiting adult Web sites
  • Games

Privacy notice: Computers used by public patrons keep a history of searches until the computers are re-booted. Please be aware that these are public computers – be wary of disclosing account numbers and other sensitive private information.

Colorado College is a private institution and our primary mission is to serve the educational needs of our students. We reserve the right to permanently ban any public patron from the library and to refuse access to computers. Public patrons who are discovered using library equipment to visit adult Web sites will be reported to Campus Safety and will be banned from the library. Disruptive individuals or groups will be asked to leave. Other rule infractions may result in being asked to leave.

This policy includes, but is not limited to, Pikes Peak Library District patrons, Colorado Library Card holders, and other visitors who are not affiliated with Colorado College.

Special Services for Local High School Classes

We welcome high school students working on papers or projects, but when an entire class arrives at once, it puts a strain on Tutt Library resources. For teachers who want to bring classes to the library we ask that you:

  • Contact Librarian Shelley Harper well in advance about scheduling an information session;
  • Involve your school librarian. In most cases, we prefer to do an orientation session for the school librarian or teacher in advance, and then let you conduct the information session at Tutt Library;
  • Realize that we cannot accommodate your class while CC classes are in session, and will schedule you for one of our block breaks or school vacations (see the Colorado College academic calendar).

Contact Us

Circulation: (719) 389-6184
or email circulation
Research Desk: (719) 389-6662
or email research
Interlibrary Loan: (719) 389-6664
or email ILL