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NUR 200: Intro to Professional Nursing: Library Services

Distance Library Services

If you are a distance learner, start HERE.

Borrowing a Print Textbook that's on Reserve

  • You can do a search to see if your textbook is on reserve, before coming to the library.
  • Go to this page and search for your course: Textbooks on Reserve
  • If you do find your course listed, you can see which campus Library has the textbook(s) for your course
  • Bring your USM ID card with you so you can checkout the book(s).
  • At the main desk, ask for the textbook by course number (ENG 100,...) and title of the book.
  • You can checkout the textbook for use in the Library for two hours.
    If you need the book for longer than two hours, you can check it out again if no one is waiting for the book.

Accessing Electronic Resources (ARES) on Reserve

Some materials for your classes will be on electronic reserve in the ARES system. You can find reserves for your courses by signing into ARES.

Sign into the MyUSM portal.

1. In the left column, click on USM Quick Links.
2. Click on Course Reserves (ARES).
3. The first time you use ARES you will need to fill out a short form.
4. Next, click on Search Courses and find your course by Department, Course Number, or Instructor
5. Click Add Course, next to the green plus sign. Now, each time you go to Electronic Reserves (ARES) you will see this course and won't need to add it again.
6. Click View Course and you should see a list of items (PDF articles, videos, ...)
7. Click on the item Title to view.


Borrowing/Remote Access to Databases
These two services are mentioned together because both depend on your USM card and its barcode. Your library barcode is the small black number at the bottom beginning with 2502200. To get remote access to USM Library databases, you must have your barcode activated.  Don't know if your barcode number has been activated and is working? From the library's home page, click My Library Record and try to login. Doesn't work? Call or come to the library Access Services Department at any of our campuses.
Don't have a USM Card?  Find out more here. (Here for Distance Learners)

Library Research Assistance
Reference librarians and Reference assistants are available to give you expert help with any question that you may have about locating information for your library research assignments. We are eager to help you find the best resources available and to find them quickly.
To contact us:

  • Click: Ask a Librarian to send an IM or e-mail, or obtain service phone numbers.
  • Go to the Reference/Information Commons service desk at any USM campus library.

For a more complete list of library services for students, check this site:

Your liaison librarian

The Library Liaison Program is designed to facilitate communication and foster collaboration between the Libraries and the University of Southern Maine community. Each academic department and/or major program is assigned a librarian to provide information to faculty on library collections and services.

Find your library liaison here.

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