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Library Overview

Welcome to CSM Libraries! This guide is your introduction to the resources we offer.

Finding Books

In the library? Use the call number to find a book on our shelves.


Catalog record for "The Dog : its domestication and behavior" by Michael W. Fox. The call number is: SF 433 .F68 1987

Requesting Books via Email

Request books via email:

From: your CSM email account (
Subject: "Student Book Request"

  • Full Name
  • Student ID number
  • Delivery Preference (pickup or mail)
  • Book information:
    • Book Title
    • Call Number
    • Barcode
    • Location

You will receive an email (with a pickup date/time or mailing date listed) as soon as your request has been processed.

Note: requests are usually processed on a weekly basis, so please request with enough time to receive your materials before you need them.

Returning Books

  • Bring your books back to one of our library locations:
    • La Plata: LR Building
    • Leonardtown: Building C, Room 102
    • Prince Frederick: Building A, Room 112
  • Return by Mail:
    • Send via USPS using media rates
    • CSM-Library PO Box 910, La Plata, MD 20646
  • Email to arrange a curbside pickup.

Loan period for CSM books: 4 weeks

  • Renew loan to keep books longer.
  • All materials must be returned by the end of the semester.

Renewing Books

  • The due date will be extended for the same amount of time as the original check out period (originally 4 weeks, renew for 4 weeks; originally for 3 days, renew for 3 days).
  • Students with materials due at the end of a semester cannot renew past the last day of the semester online, they must renew the materials in person. If you request a renewal that is not possible for any reason, you will be contacted by Library staff.
  • Renewals will be updated Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., except when the college is closed. Renewals submitted at any other time will be updated during the next update period.
  • If you have any questions please contact the library staff at 301-934-7626 or

Renewal Forms will ask for:

  • Full Name
  • Student ID Number
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Title and Barcode for each book/item to be renewed