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Librarians at Katz Library, Nottage Library, and Off-Campus Library Services are your guides to using research tools and in designing research strategies. Staff offer in-person help with research, library classes, and subject research guides. For help with your research, stop by the libraries, call us, or get in touch with us using our online chat or email options.
|Katz Library (Augusta Campus)|
1.877.862.1234 x3349 (Toll-free)
|Nottage Library (Bangor Campus)|
|Off-Campus Library Services (Distance Students)|
1.800.339.7323 (Maine Toll-free)
1.888.266.4950 (National Toll-free)
Off-Campus Library Services offers support to students, faculty and staff participating in distance learning.
Tools for researchers
The Library Homepage is the place to begin library research. On the homepage you will find links to some of our most-used resources, including OneSearch, the URSUS Library Catalog, and the Research Guides & Article Databases.
Library instruction classes scheduled during class time help students learn how to do library research. Librarians work closely with faculty in designing course-related classes. Interested faculty members may visit the Library’s Faculty Information section below to learn more.
The Library Research Guides are a good place to start your research if you know your subject area of research and the types of resources you need. If you aren’t quite sure what to focus on, our Reference resources can help provide background for research topics, dates of events, brief biographies and literary criticism. Check out the Find a Topic page on many research guides for advice on getting started.
Interlibrary Loan Services
Need a book or journal article and can’t get it via our online resources or catalog? Contact Interlibrary Loan, or ILL, for help obtaining resources from other libraries.
Visit our Circulation section below for information on getting set up with a library card (crucial for access to online resources and interlibrary loan), and to learn about our circulation policies.
Librarian Class visits
Library instruction classes scheduled during class time help students learn how to do library research. Librarians work closely with faculty in designing course-related classes. To facilitate class planning, faculty should request sessions at least one week in advance. In these sessions, students learn about research tools and the use of online databases for finding books, articles, and other library resources. Faculty members may schedule a class by submitting a request to the Class visit request form.
Library Research Guides
We curate an extensive selection of resources available to you and your students via our Library Research Guides. These guides may be customized to suit the needs of your assignment or class. Please visit the guides to see what is available: http://umalibguides.uma.edu/
Reserves Services (Electronic & Physical)
Library staff are available to assist with setting up an electronic reserves page for your class and we also place physical items on reserve for courses as needed. Visit Library Reserves for more information.
Faculty may now use our online Purchase Requests Form to submit suggestions for library materials to add to our Augusta or Bangor collections.
Obtaining Your Library Card
Your UMA Student, Faculty or Staff ID card is also your library card. Student ID cards may be obtained at the Enrollment Services desk in the Richard J. Randall Student Center on the University of Maine at Augusta campus. For more information: UMA Card Services.
Distance education students may request a library card online or by emailing email@example.com or calling 800.339.7323 (in Maine) or 888.266.4950 (out of Maine).
Activating Your Library Card
Your library barcode number (14-digit number beginning 25022 on the bottom of your ID card) must be activated by the Bennett D. Katz Library before you may begin borrowing privileges and remote access to online library databases and services.
To activate your card stop by the Circulation desk in the library or call 207.621.3349 or toll free 1.800.696.1124, ext. 3349.
Community Borrower Card
The Bennett D. Katz Library also offers Community Borrower cards for UMA alumni, retired UMA faculty and staff and community members of the greater Augusta area. This card provides borrowing priviledges through the URSUS and MaineCat Statewide catalog. This card will not provide access to UMA online journals and databases, or for interlibrary loan of articles.
Community Borrower cards may be obtained at the Circulation desk in the Bennett D. Katz Library on the Augusta campus.
Loan period (books) – 4 weeks.
Renewal (books) – 2 weeks, unless the book belongs to a non-URSUS library.
Loan period (CD/DVD/VHS) – 2 weeks
You may renew items over the phone by calling 621.3349, 1.800.696.1124, ext. 3349 or by logging into your library account.
Checkout limit – 20 items.
Fines and Overdue Notices
All UMA students are sent email notification of overdue items and should make sure their UMA email account is active. UMA faculty and staff, community patrons, and other students in the University of Maine System receive overdue notices by U.S. mail or email, as appropriate.
Overdue charge – Overdue books will accumulate fines according to the circulation policy of that item’s home library.
Lost book charge – The cost is determined by the item’s home library, plus a $10.00 processing fee.
Payment for fines and lost book charges can be made at the Circulation Desk in the library. Only cash and personal checks accepted. No debit or credit cards accepted at this time.
Students should be aware that overdue book fines left unpaid will be entered into their student account and may impede class registration, financial aid awards, or graduation.
Library Laptop Loan Program
The Katz Library loans HP Probook laptops to UMA students for in-library use. Students must be at least 18 years old and present a valid UMA photo ID card to sign out a laptop.
Laptops are available at the Katz Library Circulation desk. UMA students wishing to borrow a laptop must read and sign the Laptop Policy Form which is available at the Circulation desk. If you have any questions, please call us at 621.3349.
Electronic and Physical Reserves
Faculty may place items on physical or electronic reserve (E-Reserves) for use by students.
Physical reserve items are shelved behind the Circulation Desk and loaned for a restricted period determined by the instructor of the course. Physical reserves may be located by instructor or course by visiting the URSUS Reserves Page. E-Reserves items may be accessed from the library-managed E-Reserves folder in your Blackboard course site.
Faculty interested in placing items on physical or E-Reserves should contact the library at 207.621.3349.
Request Articles and Books
The Interlibrary Loan Department provides access to materials held by other libraries.
Current students, faculty, and staff of The University of Maine at Augusta may use interlibrary loan services. Distance education students should contact Off-Campus Library Services.
We are unable to fulfill requests for: reference books, bulky or fragile items; rare or valuable materials; textbooks; dissertations; and entire issues of journals.
Interlibrary loan for journal articles is not available to community borrowers.
Please fill out the above request forms accurately and completely.
Patrons are notified by email or phone when materials are ready for pick-up. Items will be held for a period of two weeks.
Loan periods for books are set by the lending libraries and may vary. Most libraries loan books for one month, and offer an option for renewal. Renewal requests must be placed before an item becomes overdue.
Do not remove the interlibrary loan label.
Charges will apply for unreturned items.
If you prefer not to submit your information online, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.339.7323 (in Maine) or 888.266.4950 (out of Maine).