Borrowing

Search the Library Catalog for things you need.

Resource Access

Most of our online resources require you to log in using your myUNE username and password (used to access myUNE, Blackboard, U-Online and Banner). For help with your username and password, please contact ITS at (207) 602-2200 or (207) 221-4400. If you are a Clinical Affiliate, please contact your UNE affiliated department or Library Services for access information.

Certain services (such as borrowing physical books, borrowing  eBooks and audiobooks, and checking your library record) require a valid UNE ID barcode. Most student IDs are automatically registered with the library; faculty and staff may need to confirm their registration. Please feel free to Contact Us with any UNE ID barcode problems or access questions you may have.

Course Reserves

Instructors place some items on reserve behind the library’s circulation desk so that students will have access to them; these items don’t leave the library. Search here for reserve materials by major.

Need something from the other campus?

UNE has two libraries: the Jack S. Ketchum Library on the Biddeford Campus and the Josephine S. Abplanalp Library on the Portland Campus. If an item is owned by UNE but is located at the "other" campus library, you can request that it be delivered to your "home" campus library (journal articles can be requested and received electronically). Delivery is generally within 24-48 hours; the item will be checked out to you and you’ll receive an email that it’s ready for pickup. Items may be returned to either campus library. How do I make a request?

How long can you use it?

  • Reserves: 2 hours in-library use
  • DVDs/CDs: 1 week
  • Books: 4 weeks (students/alumni); 4 months (faculty/staff)
  • Reference Books, Journals and Special Collections: These items cannot be taken out of the library.

Borrowed materials may be returned to either campus library.

Is the item you need checked out?

You can place a hold on an item currently checked out to someone else. When the item is returned, it will be checked out to you and you’ll receive an email to pick it up at the library. If an item has been checked out for more than half its original loan period, a recall can be issued. 

To place a hold on a Book, DVD, video, or CD

Search our catalog for the item. Select its title to display the item's record. If its record shows a due date, it is checked out to another patron.

  • Click on REQUEST
  • Enter your name and UNE ID barcode number
  • Choose your preferred UNE campus library for pickup
  • Click on REQUEST SELECTED ITEM

If you can’t wait for the item to be returned, look into borrowing options through MaineCat or ILLiad

Need it longer?

Renewals can be made in person, through our website, by email, or by calling (207) 602-2361 for the Biddeford Campus or (207) 221-4330 for the Portland Campus. Items can’t be renewed if a hold or recall has been placed on them, and if you have a bill or outstanding charges you will need to resolve those before you are able to renew.

Notices

Email is our method of notification. Please confirm your current email address at the Circulation Desk at either campus library. 

Overdue and Billed Items

An overdue notice will be emailed to you if you fail to return or renew an item on time.  After two overdue notices, items are billed. A replacement cost plus a $15.00 non-refundable late fee will be charged for each billed item. The replacement cost may be refunded once the item is returned. If you receive three bills, you may lose your borrowing privileges. Your library services are temporarily suspended if items are billed or charges are outstanding.

Can’t find it? Here’s how to get it.
We can get just about anything!*

  • MaineCat
    For books and DVDs not owned by UNE’s library, search MaineCat first. It’s a combined library catalog for almost every library in Maine, and items borrowed through MaineCat arrive quickly (typically within a week). An option to search MaineCat will appear if you search the UNE Library Catalog for an item we don’t own. Books borrowed through MaineCat have a four-week loan period with an optional two-week renewal period. FAQs
  • ILLiad
    If you’re looking for an article in a journal housed at the other campus or which is not available in full text online, or if the book you’re looking for isn’t available through MaineCat, place a request through ILLiad, UNE’s worldwide interlibrary loan service. Required textbooks cannot be requested through interlibrary loan. Loan periods vary. 
  • GPACU
    If you are a current UNE student, staff member or faculty member, you can use your UNE ID card to borrow books and other items directly from the libraries of several local schools because UNE is a part of GPACU, the Greater Portland Alliance of Colleges and Universities. Click here for more information.
  • WorldCat
    Curious where something you’re looking for is held, or if it’s available at all?  WorldCat lets you search library catalogs throughout the U.S. and the world to find what you’re looking for. Once you know it exists, you can request things we don’t own through MaineCat or ILLiad.

*Please note that all library policies apply to items borrowed from other libraries.