Answered By: Charles Wright
Last Updated: May 30, 2024     Views: 459

Hello,

The UMD Libraries provide access to hundreds of databases, most of which can be accessed by visitors on library computers.  Just bring a current photo ID to a service desk at any of the six College Park campus libraries to obtain a guest account, which will allow you to log in to our Dell public computers and use these resources.  

Access to e-resources off campus is only available to current UMD students, faculty, staff, and research affiliates and retired faculty/staff.

Note: there are a few resources that can only be accessed by UMD students, faculty, staff, and research affiliates, as they require authentication with a Directory ID and password even when on campus.  These are:

  • Chem BioDraw Ultra
  • EBL (EBooks)
  • Factiva
  • SciFinder Scholar

Anyone may use UMD Libraries books within the libraries for free. There is a program that allows community members who are not current UMD students, faculty, staff, and research affiliates and retired faculty/staff to borrow library materials, though: the Community Borrowers program. 

Community Borrower costs $50 per year ($25 per year for UMD Alumni Association Members and Friends of the Libraries). With a Community Borrower card you may borrow up to 100 books at a time. The loan period is 56 days and books may be renewed twice.

More information about this program can be found on our Community Borrowers page.

Note: Community Borrower Card picking up and processing ends 30 minutes prior to closing.

 

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