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CSM Library
College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

La Plata Campus Dr. Elaine Ryan Library


bullet Circulation and Course Reserves
bullet Reference
bullet Interlibrary Loan
bullet ID Cards
bullet Copier

Circulation and Course Reserves
Students and employees of CSM as well as residents of Charles, St. Mary's, or Calvert counties may borrow materials from the library. Students and employees must use their College ID cards to check out materials and residents must have a valid local public library card.  Circulating materials may be borrowed for one month. They may usually be renewed over the phone, in person, or online.  Periodicals, audiovisual materials, and all materials from the Southern Maryland Studies Center are to be used in the library only.

Faculty may place materials related to their courses in a special reserve collection for restricted borrowing. Library or personally owned materials may be placed on reserve.  Reserve items circulate for differing amounts of time--ranging from "library use only" up to "end of semester".  Fines for overdue reserve materials are $1 per day.

Reference librarians are available for help during peak usage hours. You may come in to use the library and its resources or call for information and assistance.

Interlibrary Loan
Through interlibrary loan (ILL), we can order almost any book, periodical article, or ERIC document that you need.  Please allow 1-4 weeks for delivery of requested items.

ID Cards
Student ID cards are available at the Circulation Desk.  ID cards are issued for all students currently enrolled in classes at CSM. A valid photo ID such as a driver's license, military ID, or passport is required to obtain a CSM ID card.  Student ID cards have a photo and the CSM student ID number.  The first card is free, but there is a fee for replacement cards.  Please contact the campus library for more information.

The library maintains one public service copier. It is located in the microfilm room.