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Tours for University of Maine Faculty, Staff & Students


Tours of Fogler Library may be arranged for UMaine students, faculty, and staff. Tours cover public service areas and the collection. Databases, on-line resources, and instruction in the use of library resources are not included in the tour.*

Size of Tour Groups - We recommend groups of 15 or less. Larger groups have more difficulty hearing the tour guide, seeing what is being described, and maneuvering the building. When staffing permits, it is sometimes possible to tour two groups of 15 simultaneously.

Length of Tour - Tours run from 30 minutes to an hour depending on questions.

Scheduling a Tour - Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. To arrange a tour, contact Jerry Lund at 581-1695 or email jerry.lund@umit.maine.edu. Faculty may also contact their library liaison. Every effort will be made to accommodate your visiting group. We do, however, reserve the right to decline requests if there are scheduling conflicts, or insufficient notification time for necessary arrangements. Scheduling conflicts do arise, so please plan alternate dates and times prior to calling. 

Subject Specific Instruction - To arrange a subject-specific instruction session, faculty should contact their library liaison.


Services for the Public

Public and school groups are also welcome to visit our library if they meet the criteria outlined below. Tours cover public service areas and the collection. Databases, on-line resources, and instruction in the use of library resources are not included in the tour. 
Library Reserve Desk

Size of Tour Groups - We recommend groups of 15 or less. Larger groups have more difficulty hearing the tour guide, seeing what is being described, and maneuvering the building. When staffing permits, it is sometimes possible to tour two groups of 15 simultaneously.

Length of Tour - Tours run from 30 minutes to an hour depending on questions.

When to Schedule - Tours are normally offered only when University classes are not in session. This would include mid-May – August, Early January, fall break (October), and spring break (March). For more information regarding the dates of breaks, please refer to the library hours page

Scheduling a Tour - Reservations should be made at least two weeks in advance. To arrange a tour, contact Jerry Lund at 581-1695 or email jerry.lund@umit.maine.edu. Every effort will be made to accommodate your visiting group. We do, however, reserve the right to decline requests if there are scheduling conflicts, or insufficient notification time for necessary arrangements. Scheduling conflicts do arise, so please plan alternate dates and times prior to calling. 

High School Groups - Supervision of visiting high school students is the responsibility of your high school staff, and we recommend that you plan for an 8:1 ratio of students to adults for your visit. While this is not normally a problem, please let your students know in advance of your visit that noisy or unruly behavior is inappropriate in an academic research library. Please note also that Fogler Library does not provide staff to assist in supervising visiting students and that we reserve the right to terminate a tour at any time if conditions or student behavior are in appropriate.

Elementary School Groups - Requests for elementary school group tours are considered on a case by case basis. Our primary concern must be for the University students, faculty, and researchers who use our library. The short attention span and noise level of younger children can be a challenge in an academic library environment. We ask that you consider strategies to keep the group focused on the goals of the tour. We also request a 5:1 ratio of students to adults.

General Information

Belongings - Please do not leave belongings unattended in the Library. The Library's Lost and Found service is located at the Circulation Desk (581-1666).

Food/Drink - http://www.library.umaine.edu/circ/food.htm

Directions and Parking - http://www.library.umaine.edu/about/directions.htm

Library Services for Users with Disabilities

Fogler Library's policy is to make its building, services, and collections accessible to all users.  All levels of Fogler Library are accessible by elevator. Individuals requiring special assistance should check with the staff at the Circulation Desk on level 1. Information for users with disabilities is available at: http://www.library.umaine.edu/about/accessibility.htm.

Thank you for helping us to observe these policies. We look forward to meeting you and working with you and your students.


Created by: jerry.lund@umit.maine.edu | Revised: 01/27/2014
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