Frequently Asked Questions
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 and search by your professor’s last name or the course code with the prefix “MMA” (eg MMA EG101).
Please note: 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.
Our upper level is designated as a quiet area, and can only be used for quiet individual study. The tables on our main level and the 24-hour study room are popular places for group study.
Mostof 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 (typically 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.
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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.
Please note that a select few of our online journals are available only for use on campus; you will need to ask a staff member to log you in to use these resources.
When you search Minerva, you can either limit your search to what we have on campus, or expand the search to all of the 60 Minerva Libraries across the state of Maine. Any items that circulate to that Library’s patrons (ie not Reference or Archival material) should be available for you to request. To do so, click on the item’s title in the catalog, click “Request,” and then enter your name (FirstName LastName) and Library barcode with the prefix “mma” (mma000012345) and click “submit.” If the request was successful, you will be brought to a landing page that says your request was successful.
If a book is not available in Minerva, click “Search MaineCat” on the right side of the page. You will be brought to the same search in MaineCat, which includes both Minerva results as well as catalogs from other libraries around Maine (including URSUS [the University of Maine, Bangor Public Library, Portland Public Libraries, and others] and the Colby/Bates/Bowdoin collections). You can request items following the same steps as you would in Minerva. 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.
Once you place a request, the item will be sent by van to MMA as soon as it’s available. We receive deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays. When the item is delivered, you will receive an automated email letting you know you can pick up the book at the Library’s front desk at your convenience. Items are held for 7 days at the Library, and are then returned if they are not picked up. Loan periods for these items vary depending on the item, patron type, and the lending Library’s policies.
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.
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 with the prefix “mma” (eg mma000012345). 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.
Sure! Visit My Library Account. (Your library barcode is the barcode on the back of your ID card with the prefix “mma” For example, mma000012345.) Academy Library books renew for four weeks for students, staff, and community patrons. An item can be renewed unless a hold has been placed on it by another patron, if it has reached the maximum “overdue” level, or if it has been renewed the maximum number of times already. If you are having trouble renewing items, please stop by the front desk or send us an email, and we will be happy to assist you.
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.
Academy patrons can log in to the copier using their MMA ID numbers, without the leading zero (eg 12345). Copying fees are posted on the copier. You may also use the copier to scan directly to your MMA email for free. Public patrons should speak to a staff member for assistance with copying.
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.
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, across from the computer lab.
Student workers are an essential part of the Library staff! Please send an email to the Library , if you’re interested in learning more about working as a Student Worker. Hiring typically occurs at the beginning of each semester, and the position is posted on the Career Center’s website. You can view the current job description from that site, and it also provides a link to the current application.
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 front desk for help, or send us an email to make an appointment.