Library Services

Nutting Memorial Library is dedicated to supporting the teaching, learning, and research activities of the Maine Maritime Academy community. We empower patrons to access, evaluate, apply, and create information by maintaining quality collections, a welcoming environment, and a knowledgeable staff.

The library serves the Academy’s students, faculty and staff and local area residents, and is open nearly 90 hours per week when classes are in session. Its three levels offer a variety of work and study environments, including reservable meeting space and a quiet study area on the upper level. Additionally, students can access the library’s computer lab and study lounge 24 hours a day with their MMA ID cards.

The library’s web site serves as a portal to its resources, which include thousands of electronic scholarly and professional journals and newspapers and over 100,000 academic ebooks. Academy users can access the majority of these electronic resources from off campus using their MMA login and password. The library’s physical holdings include more than 79,000 books and approximately 2,000 videos, as well as sound recordings and print periodicals. The library’s collections are particularly strong in the areas of maritime studies, marine technology, international business, and nautical history.

Academy patrons have free access to interlibrary loan services, including the statewide MaineCat catalog of more than 2.5 million books. Delivery of books via ILL generally takes 5-10 days; articles requested via ILL are typically available within 3-5 business days.

Many required and recommended course materials are available on Course Reserve at the library’s front desk. Students can present their MMA ID card in order to use Reserve materials, which are available for in-library use.

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.

Computers can be found on all levels of the library, and printing, scanning, and faxing services are available on the main level. Also located on the main level is the library’s One Button Studio, which offers simple, high-quality video recording.

The library frequently offers special events and educational programs, and we welcome suggestions from our users regarding possible additions to our resources and services.

For more information, please visit our website or contact library@mma.edu.