Circulation Department

Circulation is in charge of helping you borrow materials. If you need to check out a book, our desk is the place to do it. You can also pick up reserves, retrieve ILL books, check out lockers or study rooms, and pay fines. The Circulation/Reserve Desk is located in the main corridor on the 1st floor.

Questions? Contact us at: 410-455-2354
Fax: 410-455-1153

Staff member standing at the Circulation Desk

Library Cards

UMBC Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Your UMBC Campus ID card allows you to borrow materials from the library. To access library online resources from off-campus, you will need a myUMBC account, which is issued by the Division of Information Technology.

Your UMBC Campus ID card also lets you borrow material from other USMAI libraries and several local libraries that allow reciprocal borrowing.

USMAI Students, Faculty, and Staff

USMAI affiliates may borrow items directly from the UMBC Library stacks collection with a valid Campus ID card. Alternately, you may use the "request" button in the Catalog to have books shipped to your campus library. A full list of affiliated schools is available at USMAI Member Libraries.

Special Borrowers

The following guests are eligible to apply for Special Borrowing privileges for free or a cost up to $50:

Other guests may complete an application for a Special Borrowers Card for an annual fee of $50. For information about costs and requirements, see Guideline 256.

Borrowing Info

Loan Periods

Patron Type Books Music and Video AV Equipment Laptops Off-Campus Database Access

UMBC Undergrad Students 28 days 7 days 3 days 1 day Yes
UMBC Grad Students and Honors Undergrads end of semester 7 days 3 days 1 day Yes
UMBC Faculty and Staff next April 1 7 days 3 days 1 day Yes
USMAI Undergrad Students 28 days no loan no loan no loan No
USMAI Grad Students end of semester no loan no loan no loan No
USMAI Faculty and Staff next April 1 no loan no loan no loan No
UMBC Special Borrowers, Reciprocal Borrowers, and USMAI Alumni 28 days no loan no loan no loan No

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For information about loan periods for various collections, please see Guideline 253.


Books, CDs, DVDs, headphones, and laptops may be checked out at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor. Other equipment may be checked out at the Digital Media Lab on the 2nd floor.


Materials needed longer than the regular loan periods may be renewed, provided another user has not requested them.

To renew materials checked out from UMBC, use the library's online catalog. Items that you are unable to renew must be returned by the due date or fines will accrue. You may renew your items online, or in person at a library service desk. We do not renew items by telephone.


A recall is a request for a patron to return a checked-out item to the library within two weeks. You can request a recall if an item you wish to use is currently on loan.

The library may recall your borrowed items if requested by another user. When a recall is initiated, a notice giving the new due date is sent. The loan period may be shortened in these circumstances and you will be held responsible for any overdue charges due to late returns.


When the library is closed, books and videos may be placed in the Book Returns container located in the atrium of the library. Please return laptops directly to the Circulation Desk and A/V equipment directly to the Digital Media Lab on the 2nd floor. Special charges may be assessed for materials not properly returned.

Books from UMBC Library may be returned to the Circulation Desk at any USMAI library. The desk attendant will check in the materials and issue a receipt to the borrower if requested.

Fines and Fees

Please note that failure to return or renew library materials on time may result in the assessment of fees. Efforts will be made by email and postal mail to contact patrons concerning outstanding fees; however, it is the patron's responsibility to ensure that the library has accurate contact information on file. Updates to contact information may be made at the Circulation Desk.

Item Type Late Fine Fine to Replace
Books $0.50 per day $135
Music and Videos $2 per day $135 and $185
Recalled Items $4 per day $135
Laptops $5 per hour $1935
AV Equipment $10 per day Varies
Hourly Reserves $3 per hour $135
Daily Reserves $5 per day $135
Locker Keys $5 per day $20
Study Room Keys $3 per hour $50

Items that are significantly overdue will be assessed replacement and processing fees. Please contact the Collection Management Librarian if you wish to replace a lost or damaged item.

You may contact the Circulation Department with questions about a fine. If you would like to appeal a fine, please fill out the Library Fine Appeal Form. If an item you have already returned remains on your library account, a Claims Returned can be filed at the Circulation Desk.

For information about lending policies, see Guideline 251.

Payment Information

Fines and fees are payable at the Circulation Desk within 30 days of the original billing date. Payment options are Campus Cash, credit card, or check. The library cannot accept cash. You can also mail a check payable to UMBC to the address below.

Albin O. Kuhn Library
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Bill Transfers

After 30 days from the original billing date, fines and fees are payable to the UMBC Student Business Office, who will assess a transfer fee of $5.

Requesting USMAI Items

Current UMBC students, faculty, or staff may borrow most circulating material from any USMAI library. You can place a hold/request on any circulating item that is in the online catalog of any USMAI campus. The item(s) will be delivered to the USMAI library that you designate. Note however that we disallow pick-up at the UMBC Library if the item is currently available in the stacks at UMBC.

When the item arrives, you will be notified by email that pick-up is available at the Circulation Desk. Note: Alumni and Special Borrowers may not place holds on items from other campuses. For more information on lending policies, see Guideline 251.

Direct Borrowing from Other Libraries / Interlibrary Loan

UMBC has reciprocal agreements with several schools outside the USMAI. As a result, students from UMBC may borrow materials directly from these schools and students from these schools may borrow UMBC materials. Materials checked out from these institutions must be returned directly to their home library (not UMBC). Note: Make sure you bring your campus ID card with you.

Alternately, you may use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request books from these and other non-USMAI libraries.

UMBC also participates in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program.

Course Reserves

Professors can put library materials on reserve for their classes to use. Reserves are available at the Circulation Desk and electronic items are available online. To see what reserves are available for your course, use UCORES.

Lockers & Study Rooms


Lockers are located on floors 3 - 7 of the Library, and are a convenient place to store your study materials. You can get a locker either for a semester or for a day. Daily locker keys can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. To reserve a locker for the entire semester, you'll need to fill out the Online Application Form.

Materials kept in daily lockers are the responsibility of the user. The library takes no responsibility for material lost, stolen, or damaged while stored in lockers. Also, food and drink may not be stored in lockers. For more information on locker policies, see Guideline 223.

Study Rooms

Study rooms are available for groups (two or more people must be present to check out), faculty members, or quiet individual study. For more information on study room policies, see Guideline 220.

Room Availability

Group study rooms
Study rooms with computer
Presentation Practice Room