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.

Visiting Special Collections

Directions and parking information are available from the University of Maine web site.  Fogler Library’s Building Map shows our location within the building.


  • Monday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.*
  • Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, by appointment.**

*Special Collections closes at 4 p.m. when classes are not in session. 

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

Please also note: Special Collections is CLOSED on University Holidays when classes are not in session.  For Fall semester, 2021, these dates are:

  • Labor Day, Monday, September 6
  • Indigenous People’s Day, Monday, October 11
  • Veterans Day, Thursday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving and Day after Thanksgiving, Thursday-Friday, November 25-26

Contact Special Collections

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

phone: 207.581.1686 | email: