The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) is a consortium of 16 libraries at the public universities and colleges in the State of Maryland. These include:
- Bowie State University
- Center for Environmental Science
- Coppin State University
- Frostburg State University
- Morgan State University
- Salisbury University
- St. Mary's College of Maryland
- Towson University
- University of Baltimore
- University of Baltimore Law Library
- University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore
- University of Maryland Health Sciences and Human Services Library
- University of Maryland Law Library
- University of Maryland University College
All students with a currently validated identification card from any of University of Maryland's public four-year colleges and universities can obtain circulating materials from the libraries of those institutions in either of two ways. First, a patron may directly borrow materials at the library itself. Second, a patron may institute a patron-placed hold via the University System of Maryland online Catalog. A hold results in materials being delivered directly to the patron's home library or to any other USM library the patron chooses. Cooperating institutions include Coppin State College, Morgan State University, Towson University, the University of Baltimore, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and the University of Maryland, College Park. The patron placing a hold on an item will be notified when the item is available. The item will be held at the designated library for a limited time before others may borrow it, or it is returned to the owning library.
With both direct borrowing and patron-placed holds, the borrowing of library materials is a transaction between the individual borrower and the lending library. The borrower must abide by the rules and regulations of the lending institution. Loan periods are set by the lending library and will vary from library to library. Borrowers should verify with the lending library the loan period being offered to them. The fine schedule of the lending institution will apply to any delinquent transactions and fines are payable to the lending institution only.
Direct borrowing rules require that the borrower present to the lending library a validated home institution identification card and any other requested documentation to verify current affiliation with one of the participating institutions. Each lending library reserves the right to deny borrowing privileges to any individual who fails to present sufficient proof of current affiliation with a participating institution. Before visiting, borrowers are strongly advised to call the owning library to check the availability of material as well as the library's lending policy and requirements for proof of current eligibility to borrow.
Individuals visiting any of the USM libraries have the same on-site use of unrestricted library materials as users for whom that is the home institution. Telephone renewals are not accepted at any library for materials borrowed at another library. However, materials may be returned to any cooperating library.
Law Library Research Department
User Services Desk
Thurgood Marshall Law Library