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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.  Books can be delivered (for free) to any student, faculty, or staff member in the continental US, and to overseas faculty at APO and FPO addresses.

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Search by title

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:

Title search


You will then be brought to this page, listing all the records for this particular title:

Search results

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:

Individual records for a title


Search by author or subject

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:

Author search

Here is an example of a possible subject search in the  catalog:

Subject search

Books from Document Express

Please see Books from DocumentExpress for information about renewing and returning books that you received from DocumentExpress.  Please contact the Document Management Team if you have any questions.