Library Policies

UMA library policies govern the development and use of library collections, the use of computers by the UMA community, and the use of UMA internet. Read below to learn about UMA policies established in the service of the libraries’ mission. UMA Libraries' primarily serves the needs of UMA students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Patrons not affiliated with UMA are also welcome to study and use the space during normal business hours.

Collection Development Policy

UMA Libraries collects materials that support the academic curriculum of the University in a variety of formats, including books, periodicals, government documents, videos, sound recordings, microfilm, and online indexes and databases. Katz Library also houses the Terry Plunkett Collection of Contemporary Maine Writers and is a participant in the Maine Census Data Center Program.

Development of the library collection is a collaborative project involving librarians and faculty. Librarians are responsible for overseeing the development of the collection in their areas of interest or specialization. Suggestions for book orders and other materials are welcome. The library encourages purchase requests, although budget considerations may mean that not all titles can be purchased.

Unfortunately, textbooks are not purchased for the Libraries' collections. Library staff understand that the cost of textbooks is a barrier to success for far too many UMA students. However, approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are unavailable to libraries in any other format than print due to textbook publishers building their profit models around selling e-textbooks directly to students. Among major textbook publishers that will not allow libraries to purchase an e-textbook version of their publications are Pearson, Cengage, McGraw Hill, Oxford University Press Canada, Elsevier imprints (especially in veterinary and health science), and Houghton. If your course curriculum requires textbooks by these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook will not have any alternative access to the textbook content. 

For a detailed collection development policy for the Katz and Nottage Libraries, please visit the UMA Libraries Collection Development Policy.

Computer and Internet Use Policy

  • Library computers are for academic research related to our mission and other educational purposes.
  • Use of computers for illegal activities is prohibited.
  • The library reserves the right to restrict access to its computers.
  • Keep food and drink away from the computers.
  • Drinks must be in covered containers.
  • Respect the equipment and other people.
  • Computers are for student and faculty use and require an ID and password to log in. Log out before leaving your workstation. Two computers are reserved for the public and require a password, available from staff. Please do not log in for others using your ID and password.
  • Do not save important documents on library computers’ Desktop or c:\drive. Instead, safely save in the x:\ drive (Student folder), on removable media (CD or memory stick), or Google Drive. The x:\ drive is cleared regularly.

Printing, Copying, and Scanning

At Katz, all print jobs are sent to the two printers on the second floor of the library. At Nottage, all print jobs are sent to the printer in the Reading Room. Copying and scanning can be performed at the printer/copiers.

Please be patient, and plan ahead, as other print jobs may be ahead of yours. Payment (4 cents/page for black-and-white, 10 cents/page for color) is deducted from money on your student ID card. Please visit the Transact eAccounts Portal to check your account status or add funds to your account. There is also a link in the Launchpad of the UMA MyCampus Portal:

Loaner Laptops

  • Katz Library and Nottage Library have a limited number of loaner laptops available for check out.
  • Laptops check out for 7 days.
  • There are a small number of laptops available for check out for the entire semester. 
  • Sign in to the laptop while ON campus in order to use it OFF campus.
  • Users must sign a laptop loaner agreement upon their first laptop check out.

Zoom Room Guidelines

The rooms are “first come, first served” unless booked. UMA-affiliated patrons have priority of Zoom Room use over public. Public patrons have a max duration of 2 hours of room use per day. To use a Zoom Room, inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Guidelines for use of a Zoom Room include:

  • Users should not leave personal belongings or library technology unattended in the Zoom Room. Users are responsible for their own belongings and anything borrowed from the library, including headphones, laptops, and iPads.

  • When using a Zoom Room, users should be courteous to other patrons by maintaining reasonable speaking and video sound levels, and keeping the room clean by removing trash and furniture should be returned to its original place.

  • Users should be respectful of time and make sure they allow other patrons time to book each week.