Common Questions Common Questions

I lost my library card. How do I get a new one?

You can fill in an online Library Card Application to request a replacement. Just make sure to check off the box that says you have lost your card and need a replacement.

You may also live chat or email us from the links on the left. Or call the circuation desk at Katz Library (207-621-3349) or Nottage Library (207-262-7900). We can give you a replacement card/library barcode number on the spot.

How do I get a library card?

  • For all students enrolled in classes on UMA campuses in Bangor or Augusta, your student ID is your library card. To activate your library card barcode, visit the library circulation desk or call the library: 207-621-3349 (Augusta) or 207-262-7900 (Bangor).
  • If you take classes off-campus - either online or at one of the University College centers or sites - you can obtain a library card by submitting a Library Card Application. You may also live chat or email us from links on the left or phone the circuation desk at Katz Library (207-621-3349) or Nottage Library (207-262-7900).


Can I renew my checked out items over the phone?

Absolutely! We can renew books that you have from any of the URSUS or MaineCat libraries. There is a one-time 2 week renewal on materials with the exception of materials on a waiting list.

Call the circuation desk at Katz Library (207-621-3349) or Nottage Library (207-262-7900) or live chat or email us from the links on the left.

What are the Library's Loan Periods?

Books Four Weeks
Periodicals One Week
DVDs One Week
Reference In Library Only
Reserve 4 hours in Library,
4 hours Off-Campus,
24 hours, or 2 days

What are the differences between "peer-reviewed," "trade," and "popular" journals/magazines?

"Peer reviewed" journals contain articles of quality scholarship. An author’s peers evaluate a manuscript and either recommend it for publication or reject it. They are sometimes referred to as “juried,” “academic,” or “scholarly.” They are usually printed on plain paper and are text oriented. Example: Journal of Mental Health
Trade journals or publications report trends in a specialized field, industry news, and product information. The audience is researchers or professionals in the field. Articles are reviewed by editors and authors are authorities in the field. They are generally printed on glossy paper and are professional looking. Example: Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Popular magazines or journals are non-technical and serve to inform and entertain. The authors are generally non-credentialed. They are written for the general public. They are printed on glossy paper and are meant to be attractive and eye-catching. Example: Time Magazine

Where can I find "articles" for research?

"Articles" - scholarly, peer-reviewed, trade, popular, and more - are available through UMA Libraries online in a number of different ways.
  • OneSearch will search for articles, books, eBooks, and other library materials. Use the left side menu to refine your search by a number of different options.

Where do I look for books?

URSUS is the catalog of the University of Maine System libraries, Maine State Library, Maine Law & Legislative Library, and the Bangor Public Library. Use keyword, title, and author searches to look for books.

MaineCat is the catalog of most of Maine's public libraries and Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin colleges.

If you are off campus, you can use your university library card to request books online. These books can be delivered to any UM System campus, center, or site where you are taking your classes, or nationally if you are an out-of-state student.

What is MaineCat?

MaineCat is a statewide catalogue that combines and links collections for most of Maine’s public libraries, Colby College, Bates College, and Bowdoin College.

You can request materials outside of the University of Maine system with your University library card from the MaineCat libraries. They will be delivered to the University of Maine campus, center, or site where you are taking your class.

I tried to renew my books online, but I couldn’t. What do I do now?

Some of the reasons that material cannot be renewed are:

  1. On hold for another patron
  2. Already overdue
  3. Has already been renewed

Please call the circuation desk at Katz Library (207-621-3349) or Nottage Library (207-262-7900) for help.

Do you issue courtesy library cards for non-students or the general public?

If you need a University of Maine System courtesy card and are not a student, faculty, or staff, please visit the circulation desk at your nearest campus for borrowing privileges.

What is Article Linker?

  • Whenever you are searching in a database and the full text is not available in that database, look for the Article Linker icon:
Article Linker Button
  • Click on the icon. If there is full-text available, either the article will load from another database or a link to the full text will be available.
  • If this message appears - “Sorry, no full-text online content was found” - you can request the article through the “Request Article” link on the bottom of the page. This will re-direct you to the UMA Libraries' interlibrary loan service, Tipasa - OCLC.
  • Tipasa - OCLC is the electronic system you use to request an article through Interlibrary Loan. A one-time OCLC account setup is required. Turnaround time is usually 1-3 days but may take up longer. An email will be sent to you when the article is available to you. There is no charge for this service.

How do I write and cite my paper in proper format?

There are many resources available to assist with writing your paper! VAWLT, the online writing center, is a great place to start. There are many writing resources and tips, guides, tutorials and more... Most importantly, don’t hesitate to ask VAWLT tutors for assistance. You can do this by clicking “VAWLT Help Request” in the top menu bar of the VAWLT Portal at

Do I need to apply for a library card every semester?

If you take classes for consecutive semesters without a break, you do not need to apply for another library card. If you take a semester off, you will need to reapply. If you have your old card, we can put the number back on your record. You can give us the number by filling out our online Library Card Application form.

Can I use my library card at all of the University of Maine System campuses?

Yes. The library card that is issued to you as a University of Maine System student, faculty, or staff member is valid at all of the University libraries on any campus.

How do I order or request a book in URSUS?

  1. Once you have found materials to request, click on the title of the item to see the complete description.
  2. At the top of the page Click “Request” by the red check.
  3. You will be prompted for;
    — your name
    — library barcode (14 digit number beginning with 250…no spaces)
    — Campus, Center, or Site where you will pick-up the material. (ex. UC Bath/Brunswick, Out of State, Newport) from the drop-down menu
  4. Click “Submit.”

You will get a confirmation that says “Your request has been successful.”
Materials are checked out to you for 28 days and sent to the UMS Campus, University College Center, or University College site that you indicated when requesting. Delivery is usually in 3-5 business day. You are responsible for checking with the pick-up location to see if your materials have arrived.
Return materials to your pick-up location where they will be returned to the lending library for you at no charge.

Where do I pick up my books from URSUS?

Books are mailed from the lending campus library to the Maine University Centers or ITV site where you are attending classes. Online students may select a University outreach center nearby as their pickup location. Out-of-state students see directions for receiving your material.

How do I return the books I have when I am taking classes at a University Center or Site?

Books should be returned to staff at the University College Center or site on or before the due date for shipment back to the lending library. Staff there will return the books for you. There is no charge for this service.

What are peer reviewed articles?

Peer reviewed articles are an indicator of quality scholarship. An author’s peers evaluate a manuscript and recommend rejection or publication. A peer-reviewed journal is sometimes referred to as “juried,” “academic” or “scholarly.”

When I find an article in a database and it says “full text” what do I do?

When you find a citation that has the words ” HTML full-text” or “PDF full-text,” you can print the article out by clicking on the link.
For the PDF documents, you will need to have Adobe Reader (a free software) on your computer to see and print the article. You can obtain the free download at

How do I view my library record?

You can view your library record from the URSUS library catalog. Click on “My Library Account.” Have your library card/barcode number or activated student ID number ready as you will be asked for the number to access your record.