Library Resources

Library Building & Collections Access

All floors of the building and the stacks will be open for browsing and use. Contactless pick up of materials will continue to be available. Check out our new returns bin at the bottom of Walker Avenue!


Library Instruction
Library instruction is available online (synchronous or asynchronous) and in person (librarian visits your classroom). We may open Library 259 for smaller classes, but this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For more details and to request instruction, see library instruction. Email me directly with any questions.


Course Reserves

Course materials can be made available for your students through course reserves. Articles, book chapters, and some ebooks and streaming media can be made available online within Blackboard. Limited physical materials can be held at the Check Out Desk for the semester and made available to students. Email for assistance.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan continues to expand services for access to digitized and hardcopy materials not owned by UMBC. Interlibrary loan also provides digitized scans of articles and chapters of hardcopy items available at UMBC.


Ebooks and Streaming Video
We have a quick guide for locating UMBC ebooks and a streaming guide that lists our streaming media collections. The University no longer has access to Kanopy, so it is recommended that you look at the streaming video collections guide for suitable material. You may be able to access Kanopy through your public library.


Suggest a Purchase for the Library Collection

Requests for books, media, and scores can be submitted through the purchase recommendation form. Note: materials you would like on reserve for your courses should be requested through course reserves.


Reference/Research Help

This fall, we will continue to offer chat service Monday through Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM. On-call reference help will be available at the Check Out Desk during these hours, as well. Students, faculty, and staff can schedule a virtual research appointment through the make a research appointment page.



The Library is planning a full slate of fully online research-oriented workshops. Registration will soon be available through the Library’s myUMBC events page.


We continue to offer chat service 10am-5pm, Monday through Friday and we are still scheduling online research appointments.