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. 

Ways to discover materials:

Visit the page on Our Collections for more detailed descriptions of these search options, search tips, and 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 provides our location within the building.

Academic Year Hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, by appointment.*

Break Hours (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Breaks): 

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, by appointment.*

*Saturday appointments must be scheduled one week in advance.  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 Spring Semester 2023, these days are:

  • Martin Luther King Day, January 16, 2023
  • Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 20, 2023

Contact Special Collections

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

phone: 207.581.1686 | email: