The mission of the Library Services department is to support the academic and personal enrichment of students, faculty, and staff with leading-edge service, information resources, facilities, and systems.
The library manages the school’s research collection of electronic, print, and audio-visual resources. In addition to more than 13,000 in-house print and media items, the library offers 24/7 on-and off-campus access to general and discipline-specific online resources containing abstracts, full-text articles, and e-books. The library collection includes a wide variety of computer and audio-visual equipment available for short-term loans, such as laptop computers, tablets, digital video camcorders, microphones, and video-data projectors. Any student with a valid Thomas College ID card may borrow materials from the library.
The library contains computer workstations, a reference and general circulating collection and a Service Desk. The library offers a variety of sitting areas and study rooms. The library provides support to the Student Print Center as well as to the second floor Media Lab. Students are encouraged to contact our professional library staff for group or individual assistance in the use of online and print resources, computer applications, and general research techniques. Reciprocal borrowing agreements exist between Thomas College and a number of Waterville-area libraries. Holders of a valid Thomas College photo ID card may borrow items from Waterville-area libraries on a walk-in basis. Students may also request interlibrary loan items that are available through the MINERVA consortium as well as members of the Maine INFONET consortium via the Thomas College Library online catalog. Traditional interlibrary loan is available for borrowing materials from libraries outside of the state of Maine.
A short distance from the Thomas College campus, the city of Augusta is home to the Maine State Library, the Maine Law & Legislative Library, the University of Maine at Augusta Library, and the Lithgow Public Library. Anyone may enter and use materials on site at these libraries; Maine residents may borrow material from the Maine State Library and the Maine Law & Legislative Library at no charge.
Holiday, vacation, and summer hours vary and are posted on the library bulletin board and the academic TV located in the Library Commons. They can also be found on the library website.
NEW FOR 2016: The Thomas College Library and Service Desk are now on social media! Ask a question, send us a support request, or just find out what’s happening at the library. Visit us on Facebook or on Twitter today!