Frequently Asked Questions

My professor said that there are materials for my course on Reserve. How do I find them?

Where are the quiet places in the Library? Where can I find a space for my group to study?

How do I search Library databases from off-campus?

What is a database?

How do I access online journals?

How do I borrow books or get copies of articles from other libraries?

How do I get a Library card?

My library books are due, but I still need them. Can I renew them?

Can you tell me who has this book checked out so that I can borrow it from him or her?

How do I make photocopies?

Can you give me information about copyright law?

Can I eat and drink in the library?

Where are the rest rooms?

Are there any job openings for students?

I’m working on a research paper and need to find books and journal articles. Is there someone who can help me?


 

My professor said that there are materials for my course on Reserve. What does that mean? How do I find them?

Course Reserve materials are shelved by course code behind the Library’s help desk. To request an item from reserve, tell the staff member at the help desk that you need an item for your class (give the course code and/or name of the course) and provide the title of the item you need. Refer to your syllabus for title, edition, and author information so that we can make sure we are providing you with the correct item.

Not all course materials are available on Reserve; if you are interested in finding out whether an item will be on Reserve at the Library, be sure to check with your instructor first.

To search the Library’s catalog for Reserve items, click on Course Reserves under “Services” in the left-hand column on our site.

Please note: in most cases, Reserve items are for in-Library use only, and we will hold your academy ID card while you use the Reserve item(s). Please make sure you have your ID with you before requesting an item from Reserve.


 

Where are the quiet places in the Library?
Where can I find a space for my group to study?

Our upper level is designated as a quiet area. The tables on our main level and the 24-hour study room are popular places for group study.

The seminar room on the Library’s upper level is a great space to hold meetings or practice presentations; you can reserve the seminar room online.


 

How do I search Library databases from off-campus?

Many of the Library’s databases and other electronic resources are available for off-campus access. Your login for off-campus access to these resources is your MMA login (firstname.lastname) and password.

For more information on which databases are available off-campus, or if you have difficulty logging in, please contact Library staff at 207-326-2263 or email us.


 

What is a database?

We’re glad you asked! Click here for more information.


 

How do I access journals, newspapers, and other periodicals?

The Library has a combination of print and online journals and periodicals. You can find the most current issues of our print periodicals on the Library’s main level, and all past print issues on our lower level. Many more publications are accessible online. Library staff are happy to assist you with finding articles.

You can search Nutting Library’s journal holdings here. (If you need to access database and journal content from off-campus, please see the previous question.)

Please note that a select few of our online journals are available only for use in the Library; you will need to ask a staff member to log you in to use these resources.


 

How do I borrow books or get copies of articles from other libraries?

Use MaineCat to request books that are not available at Nutting Library. When placing a MaineCat request, select “ME Maritime” as your library. Your library barcode is on the back of your academy ID card. If a book you need is not available via MaineCat, you can search WorldCat for the bibliographic information and place a request via our online Interlibrary Loan form.

To place a request for an article that is not available through the Library, enter the bibliographic information (article and publication titles, author, page numbers, date, volume and issue number) into our online Interlibrary Loan form.

Interlibrary loan items generally take 5-10 days to arrive, but articles are often sent electronically and arrive much sooner. You will be notified via email when an item you have requested is ready for pickup. If you have any questions about Interlibrary Loan or obtaining an item not held by the Library, please send us an email.

ILL Borrowing Policy Information:

The library provides Interlibrary Loan services for Academy students, faculty, and staff. ILL books that are damaged or not returned will result in bills for the borrower set by the lending library as well as a non-refundable Nutting Library fine of $25.00. Please note: the borrower is responsible for any ILL materials lost or damaged in transit to the library.

Students are allowed a maximum of ten MaineCat/Interlibrary loan books at any one time. Faculty and staff are allowed a maximum of twenty.

MaineCat items, per the policy of the consortium, cannot be renewed. WorldCat (OCLC) renewals vary according to the policy of the lending library.


 

How do I get a Library card?

If you are a student or employee of Maine Maritime Academy, you already have one! Your library barcode number is on the back of your student/staff ID. If you are not a student or employee of Maine Maritime Academy but live in Maine, a courtesy card will be issued free of charge.


 

My library books are due, but I still need them. Can I renew them?

Sure! Click on Services and login to My Library Materials. (Your library barcode is the same as your Academy ID number.) Academy Library books renew for four weeks or until the end of the semester, whichever comes first. An item can be renewed unless a hold has been placed on it by another patron. MaineCat books cannot be renewed.


 

Can you tell me who has this book checked out so that I can borrow it from him or her?

Maine state law protects the privacy of the borrower so this is not information that can be shared. If you need an item that is currently checked out, we’ll be happy to place a hold on the item for you and contact the individual to ask if s/he is finished with it.


 

How do I make photocopies?

Academy patrons can log in to the copier using their MMA ID numbers. Copying fees are posted on the copier. You may also use the copier to scan directly to your FirstClass email for free. Public patrons should speak to a staff member for assistance with copying.


 

Can you give me information about copyright law?

The most comprehensive source of information about U.S. copyright is the U.S. Copyright Office. Their website will provide answers to most questions about copyright.


 

Can I eat and drink in the library?

Yes, you can. We ask that all beverages be in spill-proof containers and that you properly dispose of all trash.


 

Where are the rest rooms?

Rest rooms are located upstairs by the elevators and downstairs by the exit.


 

Are there any job openings for students?

Student workers are an essential part of the Library staff! Please contact Ann Dyer, Public Services Librarian, as early as possible in the semester for more information. (Please note that priority is given to students with work study eligibility.)


 

I’m working on a research paper and need to find books and journal articles. Is there someone who can help me?

Yes! That’s why we’re here. Visit our reference desk for help, or call 326-2263 or send us an email to make an appointment.