History & mission

Some basics
   Patron etiquette
   Copyright guidelines
   Donations to the library

“The library is an important resource to me, not only for the access to books and technology, or the helpful staff, but also as a center of the COA Community.”

 Mikey Santivasci

Thorndike Library

Our collections

Information resources

Books, videos and more: We have over 45,000 print books, 15,000 electronic books, 1,700 DVDs and videos, and 1,000 music CDs. Search for them in our library catalog, Thorncat.

Databases: Our Databases A-Z list provides access to dozens of research databases made available via college funding and the state of Maine. Use them to find full text articles, images, ebooks, statistics, and more

Journals: The college subscribes to 150 print journals. Through direct subscriptions and databases, the library has full text access to more than 20,000 electronic journal titles.  Search our journals by title.

Archives and special collections

Within these collections you will find material related specifically to the school’s history, student senior projects, and our rare book collection.

Audio-visual equipment

A-V equipment such as cameras, tripods, projectors, recording equipment, cables, and more are available for circulation to eligible borrowers. A DVD/VHS setup with headphones is available in the library stacks for viewing movies.