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Library Services

ABS Information Commons


Search through everything we've got. This will include our print, e-book, database, journal, and video collections.


Use Massachusetts Maritime Academy Library resources to find scholarly books, journal articles, videos, etc. for your research assignment, group project, term paper.

We're here to help! Professional library staff assist students with research for papers and assignments. You can also ask us about Google Apps (like Google Docs), presentation software, copyright, Open Education Resources (OER) and plagiarism prevention.

  • Online resources are restricted to current students and staff.

To give you an idea of what we offer, anyone may search through our entire collection or freely read digitized issues of Massachusetts Maritime Academy yearbooks.

The library maintains an outstanding collection of print and electronic books, journals, newspapers, media and online databases that support undergraduate and graduate research and teaching. Remote access to the digital collection is available 24/7/365 for students, faculty and staff.

Over 90% of the collection is accessible online with more than 532,000 volumes including access to thousands of full-text journal and newspaper subscriptions. The library is fully integrated with the statewide library network, affording access to millions of volumes by courier and interlibrary loan services. Materials required for license examinations are loaned to students for the semester. Professional staff are available to assist with research using scholarly resources and materials from the Academy Archives.

Course Support 
Faculty can request library support specific to their courses such as presenting in-class research tutorials, creating web-based course guides, and embedding research guides directly into Blackboard courses. Faculty can also request that books or other research materials be placed on reserve for their courses; these are available for short-term borrowing by students.

Library Service Desk
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Service Desk is located at the library’s circulation counter on the first floor of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Information Commons. This is where library materials are checked out or returned and where research questions can be answered. 

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to ask for library-related assistance in person, by telephone (508-830-5308), e-mail or the online ticketing system. The Service Desk's IT staff also offer assistance with any technology-related issues, including the creation of user accounts, providing access to Academy systems, and provisioning of computer equipment and peripherals.


The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Archives preserves the institutional records, historical publications, and artifacts of the Academy dating back to its establishment as the Massachusetts Nautical Training School in 1891.  The Academy’s records document its activities and operations, including the development of maritime education, to the present day.

Additionally, the Archives stores papers, materials, and publications of Academy alumni, as well as a collection of materials related to the history of the Cape Cod Canal, where the Academy has made its home since 1949.

We invite you to visit our online catalog to search and navigate finding aids to our records and collections, access our available digital materials, and browse related names and subjects.

For specific questions about our holdings, please contact us at

View Catalog



Massachusetts Maritime Academy's yearbook, "The Muster", is a 140 page collection of memories and portraits for the academic year.  From covert to cover, the yearbook is designed and created by the SGA yearbook committee which consists of underclass cadets and led by an Editor, who is typically an upperclassmen.

The process to create the book starts in August with Pre-Orientation for the Cadre and the Orientation program for incoming Cadet Candidates and ends the following year in July/Aug after the commissioning and commencement ceremonies. Student photographers take pictures throughout the year at different activities and ceremonies held on campus.





A variety of tablets and laptops are available for MMA students, staff and faculty. Check-out periods are 48 hours. You will be asked to sign a form previous to checking out the equipment. Our equipment for check-out includes:

  • Lenovo laptops with Windows OS
  • Macbook Pro laptops with Mac OS
  • Macbook Air laptops


Need to borrow a TI calculator to study? We have a few different types to borrow for 48 hours. You will be asked to sign a form previous to checking out the equipment.

  • Scientific calculator
  • TI-83 Plus
  • TI-84 Plus
  • TI-84 Plus Silver Edition


We have a variety of equipment available for your presentation or teaching needs. Check-out periods are 48 hours unless noted otherwise below. You will be asked to sign a form previous to checking out the equipment. Our presentation equipment for check-out includes:

  • Portable projectors
  • Portable projector screen with stand
  • Presentation clickers
  • Document cameras (7 day loans to faculty & staff only)
  • Video recorder & Tripod
  • Adapters
    • Apple USB Type-C to Multiport/HDMI/USB/USBC
    • USB Type-C to Multiport/DVI/HDMI/VGA/USB
    • Mac Mini DisplayPort to VGA
    • Mac Mini DisplayPort to HDMI