What if USM doesn’t own the book? Can I get books from other libraries?
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2024     Views: 131


Use the URSUS catalog first to see if the book you need is at USM or another UMaine System library. You can Request a book from another USM campus or another library by clicking on the book's title and then on the word REQUEST (next to the red check mark) near the top left side of the page. Then enter your name, Library barcode (the 218... or 250... number on your ID card), and the USM campus Library where you want the book delivered. The book will arrive in about 3 business days and you will receive an email when it has arrived.

If the book is not in URSUS, then look in MaineCat (Bates, Bowdoin, Colby,...) for the book. The REQUEST option is in the center of the page. Then follow the instructions for getting the book. The book will arrive in about 3 business days and you will receive an email.

Books not available in Maine can be ordered via ILLiad (interlibrary loan). If you don't have an ILLiad account, you can create a free account using the link below. Allow 7-10 business days for the book to arrive. You will be notified by email.


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