- ABOUT US
- CAMPUS LIFE
- GRADUATE STUDIES
Library Policies and General Information
Circulation Period - Nutting Memorial
The loan period for faculty borrowers usually is for the entire academic year. Renewals are allowed, as explained below. Reference books, journals (single issues or bound volumes), 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, may be charged for lost, unreturned or damaged materials.
RENEWALS: 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.
As with all library borrowers, failure to return materials when required to do so will result in a bill for a minimum of $50.00 per item, or actual replacement cost if more than $50.00.
Circulation Period - MaineCat, Interlibrary Loan
MaineCat items, per the policy of the consortium, cannot be renewed. Non-MaineCat 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. All ILL patrons should use materials promptly and return them as soon as possible to avoid bills and fines.
Faculty and staff are allowed a maximum of twenty MaineCat/Interlibrary loan books at any one time.
Please note: All interlibrary loan / MaineCat books must be returned by the end of the spring semester.
Materials placed on reserve for courses are held at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. Borrowers must present an Academy ID card to use reserve materials. Loan periods for reserve materials are determined by the instructor; generally use is limited to within the library.
Tables for group study are available in the 1st floor student lounge and in the adjacent reference area, and also in the basement. The 2nd floor of the library is a designated quiet area, and is not an appropriate location for group study.
There are fourteen computers 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 flatbed scanner, a microform scanner, and a networked laser printer are also provided. The library has wireless network access and numerous internet ports for student laptop use.
Food and beverages may be consumed only on the first floor. The library staff reserves the right to confiscate food or beverages found elsewhere in the library.
Books or articles from journals that are not owned by the library may be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Users may request many books themselves online through the MaineCat system link on the library website. The library provides this service for Academy students, faculty and staff. Requests for photocopies of articles and for books not available through MaineCat must be handled by library staff. Delivery of ILL items generally takes 5-10 days, and there is usually no charge. Please be aware that materials requested by you, yet lost in the mail on the way to Nutting Memorial, will be billed to your account. You assume the risk when you request an item. Items lost on the way back to the lending library, after they have been used by you, will be covered by Nutting Memorial.
Loan periods for interlibrary loan books vary according to the policies of the lending libraries, and of the ILL system in question. Renewals may be allowed, but as the borrowing library, we cannot guarantee that. Billing amounts for lost or unreturned items are set by the lending library; Nutting Memorial Library imposes a $25.00 fine for lost or unreturned items as well. All ILL patrons should use materials promptly and return them as soon as possible to avoid bills and fines.
All interlibrary loan books must be returned by the end of each semester.
The library provides a photocopier for the convenience of library users, and all users are subject to copyright regulations. Photocopy cards may be purchased in the library, using the vending machine provided for that purpose. Faculty members may request a copy card that will be charged to their department.
Smoking or chewing tobacco is not allowed anywhere in Platz Hall, or near its entrances.
Main Collection (2nd floor)
Periodicals (2nd floor/basement)
Reference Collection (1st floor)
The library subscribes to a number of electronic databases and receives many more courtesy of the Maine State Library and the University of Maine system. To see a list of those available go to: http://library.mma.edu/databases.htm
Government Documents (2nd floor)
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 second floor. Documents on microfiche are housed in the basement. Most government documents can be checked out.
Maps and Charts (2nd floor)
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 second floor, in the old Quick Hall area. Maps and charts cannot be checked out.
Special Collections (2nd floor)
The library’s Special Collections, along with the Academy’s archives, are housed on the second floor. Areas of strength are maritime history, Maine history, and World War II. The online catalog displays the location "Special Collection" before the call number for books held in this area. Materials in Special Collections cannot be checked out.
Non-print Materials (1st floor/2nd floor/basement)
In addition to books, the library’s holdings include videocassettes, DVDs, audiocassettes, audio CDs and records (basement), and CD-ROMs (1st and 2nd floors). Non-print materials are included in the online catalog, and most of them can be checked out.
When classes are in session:
During vacations (Thanksgiving/winter/spring):
Summer hours may vary--call or check website for more info.