Technical Services Department

This unit performs two main functions, Acquisitions and Bibliographic & Metadata Services. Together, the two comprise ordering, processing, and describing of materials for the collection so that researchers can find them in various database searches.

Questions? Contact us at: 410-455-2344
Email the Technical Services Department
Fax: 410-455-1598 

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Recommend a Purchase

Any UMBC community member can request that a book, music score or other media be ordered for the library's collection by using the Purchase recommendation form. Please fill out the form as completely as possible. Your request will then go to the appropriate Library Liaison, a faculty member who approves or rejects potential purchases on his or her department's monograph funds. Library Acquisitions will not act until a request has been approved by a liaison.

If you are a faculty member who wants to order material to be put on Reserve, please submit your request through the Ares system. Library Circulation or Library Media staff will submit necessary orders to Acquisitions. Requests for new electronic resources can be submitted through the e-resource trial request form.

Want more info? Read the FAQ on Requesting Library Materials.

Liaison Info

Academic departments have a departmental librarian and a designated faculty member who serve as selectors for the department. The liaison approves all book and media requests placed by or for their department, and monitors his or her department's spending.

Want more info? Read the Liaisons' FAQ.

Bibliographic & Metadata Services

Bibliographic & Metadata Services creates and maintains catalogusmai; provides leadership in the organization of the Library's collections; maintains the Library book collections in good physical condition within the constraints of our resources for preservation; and manages daily operations of the Library's integrated system.