Program Description

Welcome to Merrill Library! As an active partner in the University of Maine at Machias’ mission, the Library is a center of discovery. Our collections and services enable learning, scholarship and knowledge creation. is designed to provide the latest news and research tools available at Merrill Library and to deliver quickly and conveniently the information you need for your academic work. If you are a current UMM student, faculty, or staff member, you will find our online journals, databases and ebooks accessible here, enabling you to read and download articles, books and other sources from any computer, regardless of your location on or off campus.

To meet all of your information needs, you will want to visit Merrill Library in person to acquaint yourself with the many tools available to conduct your research or inquiry. Whether you visit on the web or in person we hope you will get to know us. Our dedicated and knowledgeable librarians and staff look forward to assisting you. We wish you the very best in your academic pursuits.


Meet Our Staff

Marianne Thibodeau

Title: Director

Marianne Thibodeau is the Director of the Merrill Library at the University of Maine at Machias. Her areas of interest include strategic planning, budget management, assessment, information literacy instruction, and reference services. Prior to this position, Thibodeau served as Assistant Library Director and Head of Instruction and Research at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and a teacher in Maine public schools. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of South Carolina – Columbia, and a Master of Educational Leadership from the University of Maine. Marianne serves on the board of the Association of College and Research Libraries, New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC), and is a member of the University of Maine System, URSUS Library Directors Council. Thibodeau serves the University of Maine at Machias as a member of the Planning and Budget Advisory Committee, and on the editorial board of the Library of Early Maine Literature, a scholarly imprint of the University of Maine at Machias Press.

Jeanne Vose

Title: Library Assistant

A lifelong resident of the Machias area, Jeannie is the one to ask if you’re looking for a hiking trail (or a hiking book!). You can find her most weekends hiking on one of the many ocean trails in Washington County or combing a beach for sea glass. She has an associate degree from Thomas College and is currently a student in the Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management program at UMM. She hopes to work in a state or national park some day or to run her very own guide company.

Ben Noeske

Title: Assistant Librarian

Ben grew up in Florida, moved to New England for graduate school and hasn’t left. This is a decision he has regretted at least once per winter ever since. But if you ask he’ll tell you that the rest of the year is definitely worth it (and sometimes winter itself is ok).


Our Hours

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The 24-Hour Room is open all dates and all hours for registered UMM students with valid IDs.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Students


In general, probably not. If your professor has placed a copy of the textbook on reserve, we have it. There is also a possibility that the textbook is available in our stacks or in the circulating collections of URSUS or MaineCat libraries.

Visit the URSUS catalog and click on the Reserves link (link is located below the search box, to the left). Then enter either your professor’s name or the course number or name. If you get no results, then nothing has been put on reserve for that professor or class (or you typed something incorrectly).

Yes, you have access to online databases and electronic journals with millions of full text articles, as well as hundreds of thousands of electronic books. To find ebooks, use the URSUS Advanced Search and limit the Material Type to EBOOK.

Ten cents per page for photocopies, four cents per page for printing (or three cents if printing double sided – this option is only available when using the Merrill-Center printer).

Yes. The multi-function photocopier/printer in the library also can act as a scanner which will email you a scan of your document at no charge. There is also a scanner connected to one of the computers in the cluster near the current journals. Please see library staff for assistance with either of these.

No, we do not have a fax machine for student use. Students can try the switchboard in Powers Hall.

Our books can be checked out for four weeks. Movies and CDs go out for one week. All items can be renewed one time (assuming no one else has placed a hold on them). Materials from other libraries may have different loan periods and renewal policies. Reserve items can be checked out for either four hour in-library use only, overnight, three days, or one week, depending upon the wishes of the instructor.

For most items, no. However, we do charge fines for reserve items (including keys and laptops) that are returned late. If you borrow material from another library and return it late, that library may charge you a fine.

First, check to see if another URSUS library has the book you want. If one does, use the Request function to have it sent here for you to pick up. If it isn’t found in the URSUS catalog, check other MaineCat libraries and use the Request function. If still no luck, submit an inter-library loan request through ILLiad.

While the library is open you can enter/exit the 24 hour room via the double doors inside the library. When the library is closed you must use your Clipper Card to swipe in through the door in the library’s lobby. If your Clipper Card is not allowing you swipe access, please go to the Student Life office in Powers Hall to have it properly coded.

Yes. Students must have a Federal Work Study award in order to be hired to work at the library. If you qualify and are interested, please stop by and talk with one of the librarians.

Emails sent to will go to all library staff.


For Community Members


Yes, Maine residents can get a Courtesy Card to use in the library.

Yes, we have four computers available for public use. In addition, members of the Sunrise Senior College are able to log on to student computers. All computer use is governed by the UMMIT Appropriate Use policy.

Yes, the UMS-Guest network is available for the public to use. When connecting to this network you must first provide an email address at a login screen before using the Internet. Use of the wifi network is governed by the UMMIT Appropriate Use policy.

No. Our printing and photocopying facilities require use of Clipper Bucks, which are not available to community members. However, there are other venues in the Machias area that offer printing and photocopying services.

Courtesy Card holders can check out up to three movies at a time, and up to eight items total.

Our books can be checked out for four weeks. Movies and CDs go out for one week. All items can be renewed one time (assuming no one else has placed a hold on them). Materials from other libraries may have different loan periods and renewal policies.

Courtesy Card holders can place requests for items available at other libraries in the URSUS and MaineCat online catalogs. They may not use ILLiad to request materials from other libraries.

We have hundreds of books on regional history and access to the Ancestry website. We also have a selection of 19th century local newspapers on microfilm.