Library Resources

From the Librarians:

Hello Everyone!

As we approach the start of the semester, I wanted to send an update on the availability of library services and provide some links for convenient access. As always, if you have questions or concerns, you can contact me directly.

Forthcoming: If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at the AOK Library Reopening Plan. The Library will start limited contactless checkout on August 17th. This will include both hardcopy books, media, laptops and electronics from the digital media lab, and limited borrowing from other USM campuses. Details will be posted here when finalized:

Current Services & Support

Reserves: There will be no hardcopy reserves for Fall. Digitized material should be requested through the Blackboard system; our Reserves staff have created a new Instructor’s Guide to assist with this and additional help can be requested by emailing

Instruction: All library instruction will be done online. Subject librarians can do synchronous or asynchronous sessions, create course guides, collaborate on assignment design, and assist with locating material as necessary. Instruction requests can be done through the Instruction Request form or by contacting me directly.

Material access: Database and individual journal access is mostly unaffected, as many of our journal subscriptions are already online. Interlibrary Loan is operating on a limited basis, and some staff have returned to the building to scan physical materials for document delivery. If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan, you can contact them by email at

Ebooks and streaming video: We have a quick guide for locating UMBC ebooks and a streaming guide that lists our streaming collections. DVDs can be borrowed starting August 17th, but nothing can be viewed in the library building or converted to streaming.

Material ordering: Send any requests for books or other material wanted for fall to Joanna Gadsby at, or directly to Ebook ordering is taking priority and there’s a backlog of material to process once staff return to the building, so access to new print material may be delayed.

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