Research

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MARVEL Resources
Thousands of magazines, newspapers, journal articles and reference books are available anywhere in the State of Maine through the online resources of MARVEL! Maine’s Virtual Library, a service of Maine InfoNet. Register as a new user to access the databases any time from home.

MaineCat
With MaineCat, the Maine Statewide Library Catalog, search the combined collections of well over 100 Maine libraries, including the academic libraries of URSUS and the public libraries libraries of the Minerva and MILS combined catalogs. Most materials belonging to these Maine libraries are available free through interlibrary loan. You can request these items with your Vose Library card number. MaineCat items must have copies “available” to request; MILS items can be requested even when all copies are checked out.

We receive van deliveries from other Maine libraries weekly on Friday mornings. Your item will probably take 1-2 weeks to arrive, unless it is in use by someone else or others are waiting.

Interlibrary Loan – out of state
Borrowers may request items we do not own from other libraries. If you can’t find the item in MaineCat, please fill out this form to submit your request. For items mailed from libraries outside of Maine, we charge return postage, usually between $2.50 and $4. Items that must be mailed can take 2-4 weeks to arrive. Please plan accordingly.

Union
We have a section on Maine history, including books on Union’s history. Horse and Buggy Days by Edwards A. Matthews does not check out, but it may be borrowed in digital format free from Open Library.

Ben Ames William’s book Come Spring, a fictionalized account of the founding of Union, is perhaps our most popular local book. The Come Spring Heritage Trail brochure may be downloaded here on the Union Historical Society’s website.

For genealogical research, you can access to the Ancestry Library Edition online database while at the library. For more local and specific research, the Union Historical Society is the place to be. They have more local resources and keep copies of the cemetery records for Union.