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Off-Campus Services

Library Cards

A University of Maine System library card is required to request books through URSUS. All other resources may be accessed online using your @maine.edu credentials. Library cards may be requested online or by calling our National toll-free number: 1.888.479.4452. 

*Note: Library cards must be reactivated if you do not register as a student for consecutive semesters.

Reference Assistance

Staff can provide long-distance reference services tailored to your research needs. Let us know how we can help you! If you need help narrowing a topic, doing in-depth research, finding resources, answering a quick question, or tracking down a citation, you can use the links on this website to:

Book Requests

Books and most other circulating items can be requested through URSUS, the University of Maine System online catalog. A valid University of Maine system library card is required to request material. 

When you find a title you want to request, click on the “REQUEST” option.

Enter your name and barcode number in the boxes, as prompted. If you are out of state, in the campus/center/site location box, select your UXOOS-Out-Of-State and click on the “Submit” button. Once your request has been properly submitted, you will receive the following message on the screen: “Your request has been successful.”

The book(s) will be checked out to you and sent to your home address via UPS. The loan period is four weeks, with an additional two-week renewal available upon request.

Book Renewals

To renew a book, access My Library Account from the URSUS search page. Enter your name and barcode number in the spaces provided, and then click the Display Record button.

You may click the “Renew All” button, or check the box next to individual titles and then click “Renew Selected Items.” You can also request renewals by calling our out-of-state toll-free #: 1.888.479.4452.

Book Returns

Return books requested through URSUS on or before the due date using United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express, US Postal Service’s 2nd Day Air, or a similar trackable, insured mail carrier. Please ship books directly to the lending library in a well-sealed padded envelope or padded box. Keep your receipts in case books do not make it back to the lending library. You may be billed for overdue books and non-return of library items. Your borrowing privileges may be blocked pending payment. Your shipping receipts will be your only evidence of return if books are lost in the mail or do not arrive back on time.

Need Help? Ask a Librarian via chat or email or call OCLS toll-free instate Maine 1.800.339.7323  National 1.888.479.4452