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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)
1.207.621.3349
1.877.862.1234 x3349 (Toll-free)
Nottage Library (Bangor Campus)
1.207.262.7900
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.

Getting started

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.

Faculty Information

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.

Borrowing Policies

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.

Purchase Requests

Faculty may now use our online Purchase Requests Form to submit suggestions for library materials to add to our Augusta or Bangor collections.

Contact Library Staff Members

Circulation

 

Obtaining Your Library CardLibraryCardSecure

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 ocls@maine.edu 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.

Lending Policy

Books:

Loan period (books) – 4 weeks.

Renewal (books) – 2 weeks, unless the book belongs to a non-URSUS library.

Media:

Loan period (CD/DVD/VHS) – 2 weeks

Renewing Items:

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.

Course Reserve Materials

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.

Interlibrary Loan

Request Articles and Books 

The Interlibrary Loan Department provides access to materials held by other libraries.

Patrons with valid IDs can use the requestor function in URSUS or MaineCat to borrow from other libraries in Maine.

Policy

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.

Community borrowers

Interlibrary loan service for community borrowers is limited to in-state borrowing through the URSUS and MaineCat catalogs, which may be accessed here: URSUS and MaineCat

Interlibrary loan for journal articles is not available to community borrowers.

Procedure

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

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.

Library Card Application

If you prefer not to submit your information online, you may email ocls@maine.edu or call 800.339.7323 (in Maine) or 888.266.4950 (out of Maine).

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