Access online!

MARVEL!: Maine’s Virtual Library, 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. 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!


The collaboration between the Maine State Library, the University of Maine, the State Legislature, and MTEAF (Maine Telecommunications Educational Access Fund) that funds the state-wide licensing of these resources for every library and resident of Maine is a truly cost-effective service that can benefit every Maine citizen.

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. Consumer Reports, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report are just a few of the hundreds of popular magazines included. 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.

How to Access?

Use MARVEL! at your local library or access from your own home. Remote users (from home or other non-library sites) can access MARVEL! by entering the following web address: http://www.maine.gov/marvel/

Please ask your local library for more information about these resources, use our online form or call the Maine State Library at 287-5620.

If you are not sure how to contact your local library, use Find a Maine Library.