UMGC Library

Circulation Policy

  • What can be borrowed?
    The Library facilitates the circulation of materials owned by University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institution (USMAI) libraries to UMGC students, faculty and staff.  These materials can be search and requested via catalogUSMAI.  (See Books from the Library Catalog on the Book Borrowing & Delivery page for details.)

  • Who can borrow?

    • In the continental US:  The UMGC Library ships USMAI materials to current UMGC students, faculty, and staff living within the continental United States through campus mail or the Library's Book Borrowing and Delivery Service. This service delivers materials directly to an individual's home or place of work.

    • Outside the continental US: Current UMGC faculty not residing within the continental United States may also request UMGC and USMAI materials via the Book Borrowing and Delivery Service. These materials must be shipped to an APO/FPO address.

  • Loan periods

    • Loan periods for materials owned by our USMAI partners are set by the owning institution. 

      User/Borrower Loan Period
      UMGC undergrad and grad students 56 days
      UMGC faculty, faculty emeriti, and staff 1 year
      UMGC alumni 28 days
      UMGC special borrowers 28 days
      USMAI, non-UMGC students 56 days
      USMAI, non-UMGC faculty 1 year
      USMAI, non-UMGC staff 28 days
      USMAI, non-UMGC alumni 28 days
  • Holds/Requests:  UMGC students, faculty and staff may place holds (also known as requests) on any circulating item in the USMAI library catalog.   If UMGC-UMGC Patrons Only is selected as the pick-up location, we will contact you and give you the choice to pick up the book in person or have it mailed to you.  You may also select any USMAI library as a pickup location and go there in person to pick it up.  Bring a printed copy of your Library Card and as well as a photo ID.  . 

  • Renewing:  USMAI materials may be renewed. Renewal periods are set by the owning institution.  Any USMAI material may be renewed as long as the material has not: 1) been recalled (requested by another patron), 2) been declared lost, or 3) reached its renewal limit. 

  • Recalls:  All USMAI materials are subject to recall when another patron places a hold (request) on the material(s). The original patron will then have fourteen (14) days from the date of notice to return the recalled items regardless of the original due date. Recalled items cannot be renewed . Failing to return a recalled item after the fourteen (14) day period will result in the item being declared lost. Some or all UMGC Library privileges may be revoked at this time. Lost book charges may also be incurred, as well as late fees, depending on the institution from which the material was lent.

  • Returns:  All materials should be returned on time to avoid incurring fines from lending institutions. For materials shipped to a patron via UMGC's Book Borrowing and Delivery Service, use the return label included in the initial shipment. Patrons should use these labels to avoid incurring shipping costs. USMAI materials may also be dropped off at any USMAI library.

  • Fines:  UMGC cannot regulate fines imposed by our USMAI partners, or replacement fees for lost books.  Some or all library privileges may be revoked if an item is not returned or a lost book fine is not paid.

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