About UNE Library Services

The Jack S. Ketchum Library on the Biddeford Campus and the Josephine S. Abplanalp '45 Library on the Portland Campus provide University of New England students, faculty and staff with the following services:

  • Library Services homepage
  • Web access databases
  • ebooks, ejournals and enewspapers
  • Open 24 hours per day, five days per week during the fall and spring semesters
  • Public access computers
  • Data jacks and wireless access throughout each building
  • Remote access to all electronic resources and online catalog
  • Over 135,000 volumes
  • Over 85,000 print and electronic full text journal titles
  • Over 400,000 electronic books
  • Over 200 databases covering all subject areas in the curriculum
  • DVDs and streaming video
  • In-depth research access to several special collections
  • Reference, research and literature search assistance
  • Individual and course-related library research instruction
  • Circulation and reserves
  • Interlibrary loan and intercampus delivery
  • MaineCat and WorldCat
  • GPACU libraries on-site borrowing
  • Photocopiers, scanners, fax machines and microfilm readers/printers
  • Group and individual study spaces
  • A current UNE ID also serves as a UNE Library Services ID
  • Over 60,000 square feet of library space
  • More than 50 undergraduate and graduate students hired by Library Services to staff the Circulation Desks

The Ketchum Library was built in 1970 and renovated and enlarged in 1991. The lower level includes the Windward Cafe, study rooms and the St. Francis Room, a general purpose meeting room holding 90 people. Clusters of public access computers, reference books, journals, reserve materials and library offices are located on the main level. Circulating books and study areas are on the upper level.

The Abplanalp Library was renovated in 2001. Journals and study areas are located on the lower level. Public access computers are available on the main level and in the 24/7 computer room located within the Library. Reference materials are located on the main level, and the circulating collection and study areas are located on the upper level.

Library Services staff maintain and provide access to discrete special collections including: the Maine Women Writers Collection; the Westbrook College History Collection; the New England Osteopathic Heritage Center; the George and Barbara Bush Legacy Collection; and the UNE Art Gallery Permanent Collection.

Library Services staff includes more than a dozen degreed librarians and several other staff positions. In addition, undergraduate and graduate students are hired to assist. Students are welcome to utilize either library. The UNE Library's online catalog, electronic databases, and full-text electronic journals and books are accessible via the Web from on and off campus. Remote access is beneficial to all students and faculty, and of particular benefit to distance education students and students on clinical rotations.

The UNE Library is an institutional member of the following local, state and national organizations:

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • EDUCAUSE, the Association for managing and using information sources in higher education
  • Greater Portland Alliance of Colleges and Universities (GPACU)
  • Health Science Libraries & Information Consortium (HSLIC)
  • LYRASIS
  • Larger Libraries Group
  • Medical Library Association (MLA)
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine/New England Region (NNLM/NER)
  • North Atlantic Health Science Libraries (NAHSL)
  • Southern Maine Library District (SMLD)
  • Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization, limited member (WALDO)