How can we help you?


UMA Librarians are your guides to using information tools and building strategies for research. For help with your research or courses, stop by the libraries, call us, email us, or chat with us online. Visit the website for Off-Campus Library Services for support in distance learning.

Tools for researchers

On the Library Homepage you will find links to some of our most-used resources, including OneSearch, the URSUS Library CatalogArticle Databases, and more.

The Library Research Guides are also a good place to start your research if you know your research topic and the types of resources you need. If you aren’t quite sure what to focus on, check out the Find a Topic page on many research guides for advice on getting started.

Getting a 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 or calling 1.800.339.7323 (in Maine) or 1.888.479.4452 (out of Maine).

Your library barcode number (14-digit number beginning “250” or “218” on the bottom of your ID card) must be activated by the library before you may begin borrowing and requesting items. To activate your card, chat with us, email us, stop by the Circulation desk in the library, or call 207.621.3349 or toll free 1.800.696.1124, ext. 3349.

If you prefer not to submit your information online, you may email or call 800.339.7323 (in Maine) or 888.479.4452 (out of Maine).

Library Card Application

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 privileges through the URSUS and MaineCat Statewide catalog. This card does not provide access to UMA online journals and databases, or 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

  • 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
Renewing Items:
  • You may renew items before they become overdue by logging into your library account.
Checkout limit:
  • 20 items

Fines and Overdue Notices

  • 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.

All UMA students are sent email notification of overdue items on their UMA email account. 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. Payment for fines and lost book charges can be made at the Circulation Desk in the library.  Only cash and personal checks accepted. 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

  • Laptops (HP Probook) are available at the Katz Library Circulation desk!
  • UMA students wishing to borrow a laptop must read and sign the Laptop Policy Form.
  • 3 days loan period (laptops are configured to use the campus wireless network).
  • Students must be at least 18 years old and present a valid UMA photo ID card to sign out a laptop.

Computers and Internet Use Policy

Computers are for student and faculty use and require an ID and password to log in. Log out before leaving your workstation. Two computers are reserved for the public and require a password, available from staff. Please do not log in for others using your ID and password.

  • Library computers are for academic research related to our mission and other educational purposes.
  • Use of computers for illegal activities is prohibited.
  • The library reserves the right to restrict access to its computers.
  • Keep food and drink away from the computers. Drinks must be in covered containers.
  • Respect the equipment and other people.
  • Do not save important documents on library computers’ Desktop or c:\drive. Instead, safely save in the x:\ drive (Student folder), on removable media (CD or memory stick), or Google Drive. The x:\ drive is cleared regularly.
  • For more information, visit Computing Services at UMA.


  • Cost: 4 cents/page for black-and-white; 10 cents/page for color
  • Printing at Katz: All print jobs are sent to the two printers on the second floor of the library. Please be patient, and plan ahead, as other print jobs may be ahead of yours.

Use Interlibrary Loan

  • Visit UMA’s Interlibrary Loan Service to request books or articles from other libraries.
    • First time users must create an ILL account in OCLC, UMA’s ILL service.
    • Next, users must fill out the request form in the “Request Articles & Books” tab accurately and completely.
    • When materials are ready, the library will notify patrons by email or phone. Physical items will be held for a period of two weeks.
  • Patrons with valid  IDs can also use the “request” function in URSUS or MaineCat
  • Loan periods for books may vary, depending on the lending library.
  • Renewal requests must be placed before an item becomes overdue.

ILL Policy

  • Current students, faculty, and staff of UMA may use ILL 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.
  • Do not remove the ILL label.
  • Charges will apply for unreturned items.

Community Borrowers

  • Community borrowers can use ILL only in-state through the URSUS and MaineCat catalogs.
  • ILL for journal articles is not available to community borrowers.

Librarian Class Support & Instruction Sessions

Librarian class visits scheduled during class time help students learn effective research skills. Librarians work closely with faculty in designing course-related classes. 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 request a librarian class visit online: Librarian class visit request form. (Note: Please request instruction sessions at least one week in advance to allow time for appropriate planning.)

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: Library Research Guides

Interlibrary Loan Services

Need a book or journal article and can’t get it through UMA online or in person? Contact Interlibrary Loan (ILL) for help obtaining resources from other libraries. Email or call 207.621.3349 and a staff member will help answer your questions.

Course Reserve Materials (Online Electronic & Physical)

The library is happy to assist with physical or electronic reserves (E-Reserves).​ Physical reserve items are shelved behind the Circulation Desk and loaned to students for a restricted period determined by the instructor. E-Reserve items may be accessed from the library-managed E-Reserves folder in your Blackboard course site. For information about physical reserves and E-Reserves, ​please contact​​ Please allow 4 weeks for E-reserve processing.

Streaming Video Requests

The Katz & Nottage Libraries at UMA support and enrich the education and research of UMA students, faculty, and staff by providing access to library media resources for use in face-to-face, ITV, and online courses. Visit the Video Collections – Streaming & Online Research Guide to learn more.

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. Email or call 207.621.3349 and you will be directed to a staff member available to help answer your questions.

Plunkett Maine Writers Collection

Established in October 1999, the Terry Plunkett Collection consists of books and videos by and about Maine authors. The primary focus of the Plunkett Collection is contemporary Maine fiction and poetry. It honors Terry Plunkett’s accomplishments as teacher, poet, scholar, novelist, editor, and mentor.

Terry was a Professor of English at The University of Maine at Augusta from 1969-1998. Additional services to the University included editing “The Kennebec: A Portfolio of Maine Writing” and serving as Acting Dean of Academic Affairs from 1980-1981. He was named Professor Emeritus of English in 1998. He passed away in 1998, leaving behind many caring friends and family.

With the exception of a few rare items and videos, the Plunkett Collection is filed with the rest of the Katz Library collection and is available for checkout by UMA students, faculty, staff and community. The materials in the Plunkett Collection may be searched using the library’s online catalog, URSUS. Donations to this collection are greatly appreciated.

Click here for digital access “Kennebec: A Portfolio of Maine Writing,” digitization and storage courtesy of the Maine State Library.

UMA Seed Library

Established in 2018, the UMA Seed Library is a collection of vegetable seeds made available to the community. The Seed Library was initially stocked with organic seeds from FedCo Seeds in Clinton, Maine. Seeds are available at both the Bangor and Augusta campuses.

The Seed Library is a “seed share,” which means that library patrons are allowed to borrow seeds to start their own gardens. Through this seed share effort, UMA and the UMA Libraries are supporting sustainability. As part of our sustainability mission, we ask that when borrowers are able to, they bring back part of their harvest to share with the campus, or they harvest seeds to be returned to the seed library. Click here for more information about the seeds available in the UMA Seed Library.