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Interlibrary Loan Information and Policies

MaineCat
Books and other items available in Maine may be found and requested by you through MaineCat. You will be asked for your library's name (we are listed as "MeMaritime"), your name, and the barcode number on the back of your MMA ID card.

During the school year, we receive MaineCat deliveries on Tuesdays and Fridays. Once you request an item, it generally takes about five business days to arrive. We will notify you by email when your item is available for pickup.

Students are allowed a maximum of ten MaineCat/Interlibrary loan books at any one time. Faculty and staff are allowed a maximum of twenty. MaineCat will deny requests over these limits. There are no renewals for MaineCat items.


WorldCat
For books and other materials not available at Nutting Memorial or through the state of Maine, there's WorldCat. This database provides access to the collections of libraries across the United States and Canada and a few in Europe. You may search for materials and submit a request for the resource(s) you need using the online form above. Requests are generally filled within 7 to 10 days.

Many articles are delivered electronically. In the case of books and other loaned items, we will notify you by email when your item is available for pickup.

Tip: Libraries are often reluctant to loan cds, dvds, videos, and other multimedia, however, we will try to obtain these resources for you if needed.


Policies
Interlibrary loan books that are damaged or not returned will result in bills for the borrower in an amount set by the lending library, plus a non-refundable Nutting Memorial Library fine of $25.00.

If books are returned after billing, the library will attempt to obtain reimbursement for the borrower, but this is entirely dependent on the policies of the lending library. 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 this 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. All materials must be returned by the end of the semester.

Students are allowed a maximum of ten MaineCat/Interlibrary loan books at any one time. Faculty and staff are allowed a maximum of twenty.


Requesting Articles from Journals and Other Periodicals
Once you have identified citations for useful articles using our databases (or elsewhere), there are a few steps you can take to try and find the full-text versions of the articles you need:

1. Search Nutting Library resources by publication title to see if we have access to the journal(s) you need.

2. Search ScienceDirect for the journal title(s) you are interested in; the green icons beside journal names indicate full text.

3. Search Academic Search Complete by publication title (click on "Publications" in the top left-hand corner of the screen).

4. Search the Directory of Open Access Journals.

5. Search Google (and/or Google Scholar); sometimes, articles are freely accessible online.

If you are unable to locate a full-text version of the aritcle you need using the steps described above, the library will order what you need. Please include the full citation information for your article when submitting your request via our online form.

If you have any questions, please contact us at library@mma.edu.


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


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