Fogler Library Special Collections

Fogler Library’s Special Collections Department was established in 1970 as a repository for Maine-related material. Virtually all available printed bibliographical, historical, and descriptive works on the state as well as literary titles by Maine authors are housed in this department.

Books, pamphlets, state documents, and other forms of printed material provide extensive coverage of Maine’s cities, towns, counties, people and institutions. These printed resources are complemented by a substantial body of original source material. While the collections are largely Maine-related, some material pertaining to broader subject areas, such as maritime history, are also found in the department.  The page on Our Collections provides more detailed descriptions and tips for searching for material, and highlights several Special Collections Staff Favorites.


Summer Hours:

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturdays by appointment.  Appointments must be scheduled by the end of the business day on Wednesday.  Phone 207.581.1686 or email to schedule a Saturday appointment.

Summer 2021 Announcements

Fogler Library is now open to all patrons.  Visitors no longer need a MaineCard to access the building and are welcome to use either entrance to enter or exit Fogler Library. 

The University of Maine System policy on face coverings is still in effect.  Face coverings are not required of any visitor, faculty, staff member or student regardless of vaccination status, when outdoors on university property and, effective July 26, face coverings will no longer be required indoors for those who are fully vaccinated.

Effective July 26, face coverings will continue to be required indoors for any visitor, faculty, staff, or student who is not fully vaccinated.

For more information, see Fogler Library’s Summer 2021 Information Page.

Contact Special Collections

UMaine Special Collections & Archives, 5729 Fogler Library, Orono, ME, 04469-5729

phone: 207.581.1686 | email: