Collections and Locations

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Course Reserves Maps and Charts Periodicals Special Collections
Main (Circulating) Nonprint Materials Reference Government Documents


Main Collection
Upper Level

The circulating collection is located on the Library’s upper level. It begins in the Chart Room and continues into the main area upstairs. The online catalog displays the location “Main” before the call number for books in the circulating collection.

Books are arranged on the shelves by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Several posters located throughout the library explain the subject classifications used in this system, and staff will be happy to help you find specific books or to direct you to books on a particular subject.

Main Level | Lower Level | Online

Thousands of full-text journals are available online through the Library’s website. Current issues of print journals, magazines and newspapers are shelved on the main level. Backfiles (past issues) of print periodicals are housed on the lower level, arranged alphabetically by title. Periodicals on microfiche and microfilm are kept in the basement along with a microform reader and scanner. Print periodicals cannot be checked out, but you are welcome to copy or scan the content you need.


Course Reserves
Main Level – Help Desk

Instructors may opt to place textbooks, videos, and other course materials on reserve so that students may use them in the Library. Reserve materials are shelved at the Library Help Desk by course code and are for in-Library use only unless otherwise designated by the instructor. Borrowers must present a photo ID to use reserve materials; your ID will be held at the desk while you are using a reserve item. Reserve DVDs can be watched on any of the Library’s computers, in the seminar room on our upper level, or on the TV on our lower level.

Also available at the Help Desk for use in the Library are supplies including USB drives, iPads, headphones, and calculators.


Reference Collection
Main Level

The reference collection is located on the main level. Reference materials include handbooks, encyclopedias, manuals, directories, and statistical sources. The online catalog displays the location “REF” before the call number for books in the reference collection. Reference books cannot be checked out.


 Maps and Charts
Upper Level – Chart Room

The library has a large cartographic collection from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the National Ocean Survey. Maps and charts of the world and of the territorial waters of the U.S. are kept on the upper level in the Chart Room. Maps and charts are for use in the Library only and cannot be checked out.


Special Collections
Upper Level

The library’s Special Collections are shelved in the reading room on the upper level. Areas of strength are maritime history, Maine history, and World War II. The online catalog displays the location “Special Collection” before the call number for books held in this area. Materials in Special Collections cannot be checked out. Please see a staff member for access to these materials.


Nonprint Materials

The Library’s holdings include DVDs and CDs, located on the main level opposite the Library entrance. Students and staff may borrow DVDs for one week; faculty may borrow DVDs for four weeks.

The Library also offers access to an academic eBook collection and Maine InfoNet’s eBook and audiobook download library.


Government Documents

Nutting Memorial Library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents.  Public access to Government documents is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 U.S.C.). For more information and online access to government documents click here. Please email us if you have questions regarding access to government documents.