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.

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

  • Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, by appointment.*

Academic Year Hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 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 Fall Semester 2022, these days are:

  • Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 10, 2022
  • Veterans Day,  November 11, 2022
  • Thanksgiving and Day After Thanksgiving, November 24-25, 2022

Contact Special Collections

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

phone: 207.581.1686 | email: