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Library Policies and General Information

Nutting Memorial Circulation Policy

Students and staff may borrow books for four weeks and can renew items as needed. DVDs circulate for one week. The loan period for faculty borrowers is usually for the entire academic year. Renewals are allowed, as explained below. Reference books, journals, and materials in Special Collections do not circulate.

All loans outstanding on the last day of classes of the spring semester will be considered overdue. After that date replacement costs, with a minimum charge of $50.00 (or actual replacement cost if more than $50.00), may be charged for lost, unreturned or damaged materials.


All materials must be physically returned to the Library at the end of the academic year in April. Once items are checked in, faculty members may then check materials out for the following academic year if they wish, assuming there are no other borrower requests for them. Students who wish to borrow items over the summer may do so and can contact Library staff to arrange summer borrowing.


Interlibrary Loan Borrowing and Circulation Policy

Books or journal articles not owned by the Library may be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The Library provides this service for Academy students, faculty and staff.

Patrons may request many books themselves online through the statewide MaineCat system. Requests for articles and for books not available through MaineCat must be handled by library staff. Delivery of ILL items generally takes 5-10 days.

Loan periods for Interlibrary Loan books vary according to the policies of the lending libraries.MaineCat items are loaned for four weeks and, per the policy of the consortium, cannot be renewed. Non-MaineCat ILL renewals vary according to the policy of the lending library. Billing amounts for lost or unreturned items are set by the lending library; Nutting Memorial imposes a $25.00 fine for lost or unreturned items as well.

Faculty and staff are allowed a maximum of twenty MaineCat/ILL items at any one time. Students are allowed a maximum of ten MaineCat/ILL items.


Fogler Library Borrowing

Most of the circulating materials at the University of Maine's Fogler Library can be obtained through MaineCat, but MMA students, faculty and staff are welcome to visit and borrow materials from Fogler Library. To do so, MMA patrons must present a current Academy ID card. It is recommended that you check with Nutting Library staff before visiting Fogler to make sure that your Library account information is curent.

Non-Academy Borrowers

Non-MMA patrons are welcome to use the Academy Library. Patrons can be issued an MMA Library card and can borrow Library books for a period of four weeks. Non-MMA patrons are subject to the same policies regarding unreturned or damaged materials outlined above.


Course Reserves

Materials placed on Reserve for courses are held at the desk on the Library's main level and are shelved according to course code. Students must present an Academy ID card to use Reserve materials. Loan periods for Reserve materials are determined by the instructor; generally these items are for use in the Library only.


Group Study and Quiet Areas

Tables for group study are available on the lower and main levels of the Library. The upper level of the Library is a designated quiet area. When available, the seminar room on the Library's upper level can be used for presentation practice; speak with a staff member if you are interested in reserving the seminar room.



Fourteen computers are available for use by Academy students, staff and faculty, as well as the general public. A time limit of 30 minutes may be imposed at the discretion of the Library staff. A combination printer/copier/scanner is available on the main level; a microform scanner is located on the lower level. The Library has wireless network access and numerous internet ports for laptop use.


Food and Beverages

Food and beverages are welcome in the Library. Please be considerate with regard to Library furniture and collections. We encourage lids on beverages.


Alcohol and Tobacco

Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted anywhere in the Library. A smoking area is located outside the main entrance.



Main Collection (upper Level)

The circulating collection is located on the upper level. Books are shelved by Library of Congress call number. The catalog displays the location "Main" before the call number for books in the circulating collection.

Periodicals (online / main level / lower level)

Current issues of print journals and newspapers are displayed on the main level. Backfiles of these publications are located on the lower level, arranged alphabetically by title. Our largest collection of journals is available online, and can be accessed through our databases.

Reference Collection (main level)

The reference collection is located on the main level. Reference materials include handbooks, encyclopedias, manuals, directories, and statistical sources. The catalogdisplays the location "REF" before the call number for books in the reference collection. Reference books cannot be checked out.

Government Documents (upper level)

The Library is a selective government depository, emphasizing maritime, engineering, oceanographic, and business documents. Government documents are cataloged, and nearly all are included in the main collection on the upper level. Documents on microfiche are housed in the lower level. In addition, many government documents can be accessed online. Most government documents can be checked out.

Maps and Charts (upper level)

The Library is a depository for the National Imaging and Mapping Agency. Maps and charts of the world and of the territorial waters of the U.S. are kept on the upper level. Maps and charts cannot be checked out.

Special Collections and Archives (upper level)

The Library’s Special Collections and Archives are housed on the upper level. Areas of strength are maritime history, Maine history, and World War II. The catalog displays the location "Special Collection" before the call number for books held in that area. Materials in Special Collections cannot be checked out.


In addition to books, the Library’s holdings include DVDs, videocassettes, CDs, records, and CD-ROMs. Media materials are included in the catalog, and most can be checked out.


Nutting Memorial Library, Maine Maritime Academy
Box C-1, Pleasant Street, Castine, ME 04420 | (207) 326-2263 |

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