Infonet Resource Links

Infonet Resource Links ~ Maine InfoNet is a collaborative of academic, public, school, and special libraries that provides leadership in resource sharing, promotes cost effective solutions for quality library information services, and supports the cultural, educational, and economic development of Maine. The following is a listing of available resources provided:

MaineCat Statewide Catalog combines and links more than 100 library collections contained in 10 large online library systems. A single search scans more than 4.6 million unique titles and nearly 8.9 million MaineCat | Infonet Serviceitems. Click on About MaineCat to learn more and for assistance.

A built-in requesting and transaction management system allows patrons of libraries using a qualifying online system to make online interlibrary loan requests.  Library staff can make requests on behalf of their users, as well. To learn more about MaineCat

Growth is ongoing, with new libraries being added to the Minerva system, a consortial automated library system supported financially by participants, and the holdings-only Solar system.


Maine’s Virtual Library (MARVEL!), provides every resident of Maine with free access to a collection of full text and abstracts from magazines, newspapers and reference books that are credible, reputable resources. To begin your search, click on MARVEL! Databases link.MarvelLogo-04B-150x150

MARVEL! also provides students, business people, public library patrons, and higher education students and educators the ability to search a number of resources at one time for needed information. The print value of the resources provided in these databases would be in excess of $500,000 per library!

In addition, MARVEL! provides content that is more reliable and relevant than what is available for free via many Internet sites. The vast majority of the journals available through MARVEL! are not available for free on the Web or in any other electronic format. Many of these journals are necessities for most libraries; however, escalating costs and shrinking budgets make it impossible to subscribe to everything a library would like and needs to meet patrons’ needs.


Minerva is a shared library system that brings together nearly 60 libraries of all types from across the state. Minerva is self-governed by a Users Council and an Executive Board with technical management Minerva | Infonet Serviceand support provided by Maine InfoNet. Click on Search Minerva to begin your inquiry.

As Minerva continues to mature, the potential for collaborative collection development and assessment is unlimited. The shared catalog enables participating libraries to specialize in specific subjects or genres, reducing the need for each library to supply everything to everyone.

Minerva libraries have access to materials from Maine Info Net libraries and SOLAR libraries. Library staff can easily and quickly order interlibrary loans for patrons from these libraries. The statewide delivery service, which is subsidized by Minerva, reduces postage costs and shortens delivery time.


URSUS is a shared library system that brings together the seven University of Maine System libraries and combines them with the collections of the Bangor Public Library, the Maine State Library and the Maine Law and Legislative Reference Library. Together the URSUS collection provides acces to over URSUS | Infonet Servicethree million unique titles. Click on Search Search URSUS and begin your journey to unlimited access to a wide-selection of collections.

The URSUS catalog is by far the largest online catalog in the state. This shared catalog provides access to not only books but also DVDs, audiobooks, magazines, and music CDs. URSUS can be searched by author, title, subject, keyword, and material type.

Its shared online catalog is the largest of those linked to the MaineCat Statewide Catalog. It also serves as a gateway to digital resources, both those available generally in Maine and those licensed for use only by patrons of its constituent libraries.


SOLAR enables libraries to make their holdings visible through the MaineCat Statewide Catalog and to participate in interlibrary lending with other MaineCat libraries. In a word, SOLAR is a sprinSOLAR | A Service of Infonetgboard from which a Maine library may become an active participant in the statewide database of Maine library collections.

SOLAR is meant for libraries not already connected to MaineCat by a compatible library system such as Minerva or URSUS, which have built-in linkage to MaineCat. Records contributed to SOLAR are automatically mirrored in MaineCat.

Staff of participating Libraries are able to place online requests through MaineCat against the holdings of more than 110 Maine libraries. Searching for items contributed by a SOLAR Library is best done by searching MaineCat. Although a direct SOLAR catalog exists, this tool is limited in its usefulness and does not offer the request functionality available through MaineCat.