Important message to library patrons

The following is a message from library director Marianne Thibodeau regarding our decision to close the library building over COVID-19 concerns. For the most up-to-date information about campus closures and event cancellations, please visit the coronavirus FAQ.

Updated March 18, 2020

Dear UMM Community, Valued Courtesy Patrons, and Guests,

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, courtesy patrons, and guests remains our top priority. We understand the concerns related to public gatherings, social interaction and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We want to assure you that we are taking every precaution possible to ensure the highest level of hygiene and will continue to focus on the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and local community.

To this end, Merrill Library will be closed to all users effective 8 a.m., March 19 for an indefinite period. We will have reduced staffing in the building and they will be working to provide resources and reference services to the UMS community and others through our Chat service, through Zoom, email, and telephone Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.  Our collection is rich in resources that are online and available 24/7.  We will be exploring other ways we can help users as we get through this crisis.

Contact us with your information requests:

Phone: 255-1234



Zoom: call 255-1234 for an appointment

We remain committed to serving the UMM Community and maintaining open communication as we navigate this complex situation together and will continue to keep you updated on developments. Let’s stay calm and work together to keep our communities safe and to ensure that all our UMS students and faculty successfully complete the semester.


Marianne Thibodeau
Director Merrill Library
University of Maine at Machias