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University of Southern MaineLibraries

Library 101

Activate your card

Your USM ID card is also your library card! You will use it to check out books at any of the campus libraries, as well as to create an interlibrary loan account and log into your library account. Most of the time cards are automatically activated for library use when they are created at the card office, but occasionally there is an error.

To check whether your library card is activated, try to log in below using your name as printed on your card and library barcode (the 14-digit number printed in black at the bottom of your ID card)


You can check to see whether or not you are ready to research!  Just enter your LAST NAME and LIBRARY BARCODE (the black number starting with 218..., located under the barcode on your USM ID) to Login into the link above.

If the login does not allow you to access your account, please go see or call ((207) 780-4272) Circulation at any of our Gorham, Portland or LAC Campus Library locations.

Brief video tutorials explaining the research process from start to finish!