Faculty Services


Explore resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom.

Course Reserves

Course materials can be made available for your students through the Course Reserves system.

Articles, book chapters, and some ebooks and streaming media can be made available online within Blackboard (within copyright rules). Books, DVDs, and other physical materials can be held at the Check Out desk for the semester and made available to students for individual, short-term use.

Instructions are found in the Guide to Using the Course Reserves System and the Instructor’s Guide. Contact reserves-group@umbc.edu with any questions.


Subject librarians can provide library instruction for your classes to address research skills, library resources, and critical thinking. Library instruction is available online and in person (librarian visits your classroom or in Library 259).

See the Library Instruction page for more information and to submit a request.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER materials are educational resources that are openly licensed. These resources can be freely used and revised to best suit your course needs. To learn more:


Access library materials at UMBC and beyond.


Borrow circulating books, DVDs, CDs, and equipment from the UMBC Library and the other libraries in the University of Maryland system through catalogUSMAI. The Books & Media OneSearch is an alternative way to search for materials. Ebooks and streaming video are campus specific and not available for use outside your home institution.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not accessible through the AOK Library can be requested through your Interlibrary Loan (ILL) account. Articles and book chapters will be sent to you as PDFs. Books are received in hardcopy and held for you to pick up.

Suggest a Purchase for the Library Collection

Academic departments have a subject librarians and a designated faculty member who serve as selectors for the department. Requests for books, media, and music scores can also be submitted through the purchase recommendation form. Requests for new electronic resources can be submitted through the e-resource trial request form.


The A-Z Journal list provides information on the Library’s access to journals, magazines, newspapers, and other serials. Both digital and print holdings are included.


The University subscribes to a variety of general and subject-specific databases. Browse the database list or use a disciplinary research guide to identify specific resources.

Streaming Video

The Library subscribes to a number of academic streaming video collections. Films on Demand and Academic Video Online are the two major collections.

Primary Source Collections

The Library subscribes to a number of digitized primary source collections of historical newspapers, documents, and media resources.

Special Collections & Gallery

Special Collections holds non-circulating collections of rare books, photography, Maryland history, and science fiction. It also houses the University archives, the Alternative Press Collection, and several individual manuscript collections and organizational archives.


Work with the Library to identify sources, opportunities to collaborate, and avenues to share your research.

Research Appointments

Subject librarians are the Library’s advisers to the academic departments. They are available to answer questions about the Library’s resources and assist with in-depth research.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library will obtain materials for you that are not held by UMBC or within catalogUSMAI.


An ORCID iD is a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. The Library can assist with creating and populating your ORCID profile.


The Library can assist you in submitting your work to Scholarworks, UMBC’s institutional repository (IR) that collects, preserves, and provides public access to scholarly output of UMBC.

Add Your Publications to the Collection

Help the Library keep its collection up to date by having your latest work added to the collection by submitting it through the purchase recommendation form. Make sure to specify in the notes field that it is your publication.

Faculty Study Rooms

Reserve a Library study room for your use for the duration of a semester.

Questions? Contact the Reference & Instruction department at ref-group@umbc.edu or through Ask at Librarian.