Book pick-up and delivery:
Due to our building closure, UMGC cannot ship books for home delivery or serve as a book pick-up and drop-off location at this time.
If you have a book to return:
Please do not return material to UMGC at this time. Rather, please renew it and hold on to it until you've been contacted by library staff or see a notice here that it is OK to return it. As of now, anything sent to UMGC will be returned to sender. Please Contact the Document Management Team if you have questions or need assistance renewing material.
Books from the Library Catalog
(Available to users in the Continental US, plus overseas faculty)
Books from DocumentExpress (books not available in the Library Catalog)
(Available to users in the Continental US only)
Book chapters and tables of contents
(Available to all UMGC users, regardless of location)
Contact the Document Management Team
The Library Catalog (catalogUSMAI) contains records for millions of books (as well as other materials) located in the libraries of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions that are available to borrow.
See our Circulation Policy for more details.
To access the library catalog, go to the UMUC Library homepage and click on the Library Catalog tab. You can search from this tab, or click on Advanced Search for more search options.
To search for a book by its title, choose "title beginning with..." from the drop-down menu and then type the title of the book (omitting articles such as "a," "an," "the," etc.) within the search box:
You will then be brought to this page, listing all the records for this particular title:
Clicking on the link will bring you to this page of individual records for this title, detailing which universities own it, check-out availability, and publication information:
In addition to title, you can find books by author and subject. Simply choose the corresponding fields in the drop-down menu and type the appropriate terms within the search box:
Here is an example of a possible subject search in the catalog:
Use the MyAccount feature in the Library Catalog to renew the book. It will show you items borrowed and give you the option to renew.
Loan periods are determined by individual USMAI libraries and vary. The check-out period will be at least 28 days. Note: Books may be recalled by another borrower, shortening the due date.
You may be fined for overdue or lost books. You will receive a notice with information on how to make payment. NOTE: Fines must be paid to the institution that owns the book. Do not send the payment to the UMGC Library.
There is no limit on the number of books you can borrow.
Use DocumentExpress to request books not available in the library catalog. UMGC will try to obtain the book from another library system.
See our Interlibrary Loan Policy for details.
Note: DocumentExpress does not supply required text books.
Log in to DocumentExpress one week before the due date and select Books You've Checked Out. Then click on the Transaction Number of the book. If renewal is allowed, you will see an option to Renew at the top of the screen. Some books cannot be renewed and ALL items are subject to recall by the lending library.
Loan periods are determined by the lending library and vary, but 1 month is typical. Note: books are subject to recall, shortening the due date.
If books are not returned within three (3) weeks of the due date, you may be liable for a $50.00 to $500.00 replacement fee per item charged by the UMGC Library on behalf of the lending library.
Need a book chapter or table of contents?
Request book chapters (up to 20% of the book) and tables of contents for electronic delivery through DocumentExpress. We will attempt to scan them and deliver them electronically.
Who can request?
All current UMGC students, faculty, and staff may request chapters or tables of contents, regardless of location.