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 is also open to the public. When classes are in session, it is open nearly 90 hours per week. The library’s three levels offer a variety of work and study environments, including 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 70,000 books and approximately 2,000 videos, as well as print periodicals and nautical charts. The library’s collections are particularly strong in the areas of maritime studies, marine technology, international business, and nautical history.
The library is a member of Minerva, which provides patrons access to a shared catalog of over six million items from more than sixty Maine libraries. Academy patrons also have free access to interlibrary loan services, including the statewide MaineCat catalog of over two million books. Delivery of books from off campus generally takes 5-10 days; articles requested via interlibrary loan are typically available within 3-5 business days.
We strive to ensure that all required course texts (as well as many 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 for a period of two hours.
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 user-friendly, high-quality video recording and can be reserved online.
The library frequently offers special events and educational programs, and library staff provide classroom instruction in information literacy and research skills. We welcome suggestions from our patrons regarding possible additions to our resources and services.