Borrowing from the UNE Libraries

Who can borrow from the UNE Libraries?

UNE students, faculty, staff, and affiliates can borrow an unlimited number of items from either of the two UNE Library locations

The libraries are open to the public except when a valid UNE ID Card is required to enter the building (see our hours for details). Members of the public may use library materials within the buildings but may not borrow them.

How do I borrow something from the library?

​Bring the library items you want to borrow to the information desk and show your UNE ID card. Students have a library account created automatically; new faculty and staff may need to confirm their accounts.

You can borrow a wide variety of items, including: 

We also have items you can use in the library (but not borrow):

How do I find what I need?

Search our catalog for items at either library. Also, many books, articles, videos and more are available online; see our Online Access page for help using these resources.

Can’t find what you need? Please ask at the information desk or contact us.

How long can I keep things?

Who What How Long

Books in our circulating collections

4 weeks
Faculty, Staff, and Affiliates

Books in our circulating collections

4 months
Everyone Books in our Popular Reading collection 4 weeks
Everyone DVDs and CDs 1 week
Everyone Items on Course Reserve 2 hours, for use within the library only

Recall: When we need you to bring your item back sooner.

We may occasionally need to get something back from you sooner than the original due date. If the item you have is required for Course Reserve, we may ask you to return it as soon as possible; you will still be able to use it in the library for 2 hours at a time. If we need you to bring something back early, we will send you an email with a new due date.

Renewals: Keeping things longer.

Need to keep a library item longer than your due date? You can renew most items by logging into your library account. You can also renew in person at the information desk, by email, or by calling (207) 602-3000.

Fines: If you don't return library items on time.

If you don't return items on time, we will let you know in an email sent to your UNE email address. Make sure you are receiving emails from by checking SPAM or Clutter filters regularly. If you don't return a library item within 3 weeks of its due date, you will receive an invoice for the replacement cost plus a $15 processing fee. Course reserves will accrue a non-refundable $15 fine for every 24 hours they are overdue, up to the full replacement cost. If you have fines on your account, you will not be able to borrow anything else from the library until you return your overdue items or your fines are paid. You can pay fines through student financial services

Replacement: If you've lost or damaged a library item.

Dog eat your library book? Have a coffee mishap? You are responsible for the UNE Library items you have borrowed. If something is lost or damaged, please contact us as soon as possible. We will work with you to find the best way to replace the item.

What if someone else has borrowed what I need?

If you see a due date when you look something up, someone else has borrowed it. If you place a hold, we can check it out to you once they return it. You will receive an email letting you know to come pick it up.

You may also be able to borrow what you want through MaineCat, Interlibrary Loan or GPACU.

What if it's at the other campus?

We deliver between campuses every business day. To request a library item from the other campus, place a hold on it and we can have it checked out to you and delivered to your home campus library within 1-2 business days. You will receive an email letting you know to come pick it up. We will hold items for up to 10 days. If you no longer need the item you requested, please contact us to avoid late charges. You can return items to either campus library.

Articles from print or microfilm journals housed at the other campus can be delivered electronically if you request them through Interlibrary Loan. 

What if the library doesn't have what I need?

If we don't have what you need, we can help you get it from another library:

  • MaineCat
    Borrow books and DVDs from any library in the state of Maine. 
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Get articles delivered electronically or books delivered to the library from anywhere world-wide.
    Go to a local university to borrow what you need.

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