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Remote Access & Questions

To access online resources students must have a USM ID card and be registered with the library. It may take several days for the library database to be updated with student information. It is important that students contact the USM Card Office for their ID card early in the semester. To obtain a USM ID card email or call 207.780.5600 & ask for Jim or Deb.

Resources and services for off-campus students are listed below. I am happy to answer any questions, so contact me today: Bill Sargent, or 207.228.8154.

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USM Libraries

USM Libraries and Learning Commons are located in Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston as well as online at

To find books use the URSUS catalog and limit your search to your campus. To request free delivery of books between campuses click on Request within a given record.

Articles can be searched for using our 200+ databases (Databases A - Z) or you can browse journals by searching for Journals by Title.

Please use the tabs at the top to access more information.

  • Students enrolled in online classes have access to all the resources of our libraries.
  •  You should have recieved a USM student ID card. This ID serves as your library card. Contact Campus Card Services if you did not receive one. The 25022....number on your ID provides you with online access to millions of peer-reviewed articles, many ebooks, and more. It will provide off-campus access to all our databases. Call 780-4270 if it does not work.
  •  For research help or to just find out more about what's available to you as on online student, we encourage you to contact us using the modes available under Ask Us at the left.

Finding Books & Articles at USM Libraries