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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.

Click here to read the Merrill Library’s Annual Report (PDF)

Click here to read the Merrill Library’s Information Literacy Report

Click here for a PDF map of the library

Click here for a PDF map of the UMM Campus

Click here for the library staff directory

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).