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 2021 Announcements

Special Collections is open by appointment to those who are able to enter the building.  Access requires a MaineCard and all patrons must enter through the Union-facing entrance.  Access is currently limited to:

  • Faculty, staff, and students of the University of Maine System
  • Staff from the University of Maine Foundation and the University of Maine Alumni Association
  • UMaine retirees with a Gold Card

To schedule an appointment, visit the Special Collections Scheduling Page.

Schedule an Appointment

You are also welcome to contact Special Collections at 207.581.1686 or

For more information, see Fogler Library’s Reopening Plan and our Special Collections Coronavirus Service and Resources FAQ page.

Contact Special Collections

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

phone: 207.581.1686 | email: