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Faculty Resources: Home

Links to Library Services and Resources for Faculty.

Service to faculty is central to USM Libraries' mission. While our liaison librarians are specialists, our entire staff look forward to supporting your teaching and research needs. We collaborate with the Center for Technology Enhanced Learning (CTEL), the Center for Collaboration and Development (CCD), and the Learning Commons

Textbooks on Reserve (100 & 200 level courses)

USM Libraries has placed many 100 & 200 level textbooks on Reserve in the Library. Students can check out these textbooks and use them in the Library for 2 hours. Selected 300 & 400 level textbooks may be placed on reserve too.


Open Educational Resources (OER's)

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are books, journals, and a range of other materials that are freely open to everyone. Open access resources are rapidly expanding and many open resources allow the user to remix and reuse as they please, making them ideal for use by instructors in designing and supporting courses. These create free or low cost educational materials for students. Learn more:

Librarian instructing a class

Physical Reserves (Books, Textbooks)

How do I get a book placed on Reserve for the semester?

If you want a textbook(s) or other book(s) placed on Reserve for your students, you can drop off or send the book(s) via inter-campus mail or regular mail to the Library.

If you drop off or send us a book(s) through campus or regular mail, be sure to include a note with:

  • Instructor’s name,
  • Course number,
  • Course name,
  • Campus Library (POR, GOR, LAC) on which you want the book placed on reserve,
  • Whether you will pick up the book(s) at the end of semester or whether you want staff to send it back to you via inter-campus mail or US mail

If you do not have an extra copy of the book(s), you can request that the Library purchase a copy. You should email with the following information. Funding will determine whether we can purchase new books.

  • Instructor’s name,
  • Course number,
  • Course name,
  • Campus Library (POR, GOR, LAC) on which you want the book placed on reserve,
  • Book(s) title, author, year, edition (if applicable), ISBN, publisher or Amazon link

Library Services and Resources for Faculty

Databases & Journals

Finding books (& selected other materials)

URSUS (UMaine System Libraries & more).
To request a book from another URSUS campus, click on the title, click on Request next to the red check mark: This is the request button. Then enter your name and barcode number which begins with 25022... or 218... (on your USM Card) & select the campus where you want the book sent for pickup. Books typically arrive within 3 days and you will be notified by email.

MaineCat (Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, & more) is where you go if the item you need is unavailable in URSUS. Click on the title. Click on Request This Item next to the red check mark: This is the request button. Select your home library and fill in the info like above.

WorldCat (libraries beyond Maine) is where you go if the item is unavailable in URSUS or MaineCat. You will need to use your ILLiad Account.

Subject & Course Guides

Librarians have created helpful Subject Guides and Course Guides for selected classes (found under the corresponding Subject and in the box on the right on the Subject Guides page). If you would like to work collaboratively on creating a Course Guide for your class or would like to have a Course Guide embedded in Blackboard, contact your Library Liaison.

 Special Library Resources

Citation Managers

Journal Alerts & Visual Display

Open Education Resources: A Brief Explanation

Articles and Book Chapters on Electronic Reserves (ARES)

How do I get Articles or a Textbook Chapter(s) put on Reserve?

If you want to place an article(s) or book chapter(s) on electronic reserves, we will need to go through copyright clearance. So, email with:

Videos on Reserve

How do I get a video put on Reserve?
Complete this video request form.

Tutoring Math

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