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As a CSM Student, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Getting & returning library materials
Library materials can generally be picked up, returned, and sent to any campus library. There are campus libraries at La Plata, Leonardtown and Prince Frederick. Transfer between libraries can take one to three days, so plan accordingly.
The library card catalog OPAC can be accessed from the internet. You can search for books and other materials that are at the CSM libraries
The loan period for materials from CSM Libraries' general collection is 4 weeks for students. Other collections loan periods vary from library use only to end of the semester. Please check to see when materials you borrow are due and return them or renew them by that date. All materials must be returned at the end of the semester.
Library policies regarding overdue books and lost/damaged book replacement charges apply to all students. Students will be placed on restriction for overdue materials.
It's easy to avoid overdue charges by renewing library materials as the due date approaches. You can renew materials online, in person and over the phone 301-934-7626 up to the end of the semester as long as no one else needs the materials.
Overdue notices are sent by email or USPS. Please respond to notices by either renewing or returning your overdue materials. If you lose materials contact the library as soon as possible.
CSM libraries doesn't have a book you need for your research
CSM Libraries can't supply an article you need and you have already checked for the journal/issue/date in E-Journal Portal
ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME! Ordering books from other libraries is not an option for "last minute" research. Books are mailed to us from the lending library and that takes time.
BE VERY SELECTIVE - Please limit your requests for Interlibrary Loans and order only what you can truly use in your research. We want to keep the Interlibrary Loan service free to all students, but the reality is ILL is very expensive for the library, so please use it judiciously.
SPECIAL "ILL" RELATED POLICIES - Because loan periods may be short and overdue charges are so high, interlibrary loan cannot be used as a substitute for purchasing textbooks. Books we get for you through interlibrary loan (ILL) are subject to the policies of the lending institution. In other words, libraries that are kind enough to loan us their books get to call the shots! While most ILL books come with a 4-week loan period, in some cases the loan periods may be as short as a week and renewals are always at the discretion of the lending library. Please give "ILL books" your immediate attention when they arrive so you will be prepared to return them on time. Overdue charges and lost/damaged fees do apply.