USM Libraries & Learning


The USM Libraries are located on each of our three campuses: Portland, Gorham, and Lewiston-Auburn College (LAC). The mission of the USM Libraries is to provide collections, services, facilities, equipment, and programs in support of the highest possible levels of University teaching, learning, research and public service. The Library seeks to build collections in any and all formats which foster student learning, research, and institutional services to the larger community. Learn More

USM Library Collections
  • Maine Collection
    The Maine Collection features historical works about Maine from USM Libraries' collection that are now in the public domain.
  • Maine State Documents
    A selection of Maine government documents spanning various departments and topics.

Specialized Collections
  • Franco-American Collection
    USM’s Franco-American Collection preserves and promotes the culture and heritage of Maine’s Franco-American population. It holds a wealth of research materials, and it sponsors a variety of events that celebrate and promote the history and culture of Franco-Americans.
  • Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
    OML enables free public access to and engagement with five centuries of cartographic materials via University, K-12, and public educational outreach; the preservation and digitization of our collections; gallery exhibitions; research and scholarship; and public programming that collectively promotes the continued relevance of maps and mapping as tools to help patrons understand the past and the present, and to imagine the future.
  • Special Collections
    Special Collections collects and preserves rare materials, including books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts. The Department is made up of seven meta-collections: Rare Books, Manuscripts, the University Archives, and the four Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine collections.

Library History: Photos and Documents
  • Glickman Library
    Articles and other materials detailing the history of the Glickman Family Library and its current location at 314 Forest Avenue in Portland, Maine.
  • Library Photos
    Photos of USM Librarues staff, events, and facilities. 1990s to present.
  • David Nutty Digital Retrospective
    A selection of photos and ephemera from USM Dean of Libraries and Learning Emeritus David Nutty's personal collection as well as from the Library collections in honor of his retirement in August of 2022.

Newsletters and Publications
  • Library Ledger
    The newsletter of USM University Libraries & ITMS, 2007-2014.

Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia


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Browse the USM Libraries & Learning Collections:

Center for Collaboration and Development

David Nutty Digital Retrospective


Glickman Family Library

Henry David Thoreau in Maine: A Bicentennial Series

Library Ledger

Library Photographs

Maine Academic Libraries Day

Maine Collection

Maine State Documents

POP 101: Queering the Archives

USM Libraries & Learning Scholarship

Why Do We Need Libraries? Poster Series