The Nutting Memorial Library is located in Platz Hall and part of adjoining Quick Hall. Its holdings include approximately 79,000 titles and 2,400 videocassettes, DVDs, and sound recordings. The library subscribes to more than 240 domestic and international periodicals in print and online, and has extensive retrospective serial holdings. The collections are particularly strong in the areas of maritime studies, marine technology, international business, and nautical history. Students and faculty also have online access to thousands of other full-text journals, and to a statewide library catalog of more than 2.5 million books, which may be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
The library serves as a selective U.S. government documents depository, emphasizing maritime, engineering, oceanographic, and business publications. Links to online government information are found on the library’s web site. As a depository for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the National Ocean Survey, the library houses more than 5,300 maps and charts of the world and of the territorial waters of the U.S.
The library’s web site http://library.mma.edu/ serves as a gateway to library holdings and to online databases and internet resources by category. There are fifteen computer workstations, a networked laser printer and several scanners; wireless network access is available as well. All PCs have basic MS Office software installed for student use.
Nutting Memorial Library provides numerous online periodical indexes and databases, as well as their older print versions.
Books or journal articles not found in the library or online may be obtained from other institutions through Interlibrary Loan. Delivery of books or articles via ILL is free of charge and generally takes 5-10 days, unless the material may be faxed or emailed.
Group study and quiet areas are available within the library, with ample seating at tables and individual study carrels on all three floors. Two spacious reading rooms offer commanding views of the campus, while the current periodicals area overlooks Penobscot Bay. There is also a 24-hour study lounge for student use.
The library continues to respond to Academy changes and student needs, and welcomes suggestions from its users for additions to the resources and services it provides. For more details see the Nutting Memorial Library homepage at: http://library.mma.edu/.