Reference & Research Services

Maine State Resources/Special Collections
Maine resources are collected by the State Library. State town and county histories, town reports, state government documents, maps and other materials designed to provide comprehensive coverage of Maine history and government are available.
The primary collection focus of the State Library is the acquisition of books and materials about Maine and by Maine authors. State and town histories, as well as family histories, are well represented in the general collection.
Digital Maine Library
The Digital Maine Library provides every resident of Maine with access to a collection of full text articles and abstracts from magazines, newspapers and reference books that are from reputable resources.
Online Catalogs
URSUS the online catalog shared by the Maine State Library, The University of Maine System, and the Bangor Public Library. Assistance using this resource is available from the reference staff.
The Download Library includes eBooks and audiobooks.
Materials Request
Assistance on finding and borrowing books through URSUS or other libraries is available from the reference staff.
Photocopying and Reproducing
What you can and cannot copy or reproduce; cost involved. Please review the services and policy.
Research Classes
Regularly scheduled and customized classes are available on a regular basis at the Maine State Library. Customized courses are available by appointment.
You may reserve a half hour session with the Maine State Library reference staff to discuss ways to approach your research topic or to discover potential sources. Sessions are available at times convenient to both you and the library staff. A minimum of 3 business days is required to set up an appointment.
Web Resources
The reference staff maintains a subject guide to web sites on a variety of topics.
NextReads Newsletters
NextReads provides free electronic access to 25 newsletters about books by genre and subject.