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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

Hours/Information - La Plata

Spring Semester Hours:  January 20 - May 6, 2015*
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
*March 17  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed March 18 - 22 (Spring Break)
Closed April 5 (Easter)

Between Semester Hours:  May 7 - 22, 2015 and August 15 - September 4, 2015
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturday
Closed Sunday
Closed September 5 - 7 (Labor Day)

Summer Sessions:  May 26 - August 14, 2015
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  (except May 29 - June 26 and July 10 - July 31 closing at 1:30 p.m.)
Closed Saturday
Closed Sunday
Closed May 23 - 25 (Memorial Day)
Closed July 3 (Independence Day)

The college is located at 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD., off Md. Route 301, about 5 miles south of Waldorf, MD. The library is located in the LR building.  La Plata Campus Map.

The library's resources include books, periodicals, audio-visual materials, computer databases, and the Internet.

The library contains approximately 60,000 volumes.

Reference Books:
The library has about 2,000 reference volumes covering many subject areas. The law collection includes codes, cases, regulations, and encyclopedias for both the U.S. and Maryland. All reference materials are for use in the library only.

The Library holds upwards of 3,000 periodicals in a combination of print, database, and microfilm formats.  We have several print and online periodical indexes.  Periodicals do not circulate outside of the library.

Audio-visual Materials:
The library holds over 5,000 audiovisual items, including videotapes, audio-tapes, slides, and CD-ROMs. These items circulate only to instructors but may be used in the library by others.

Computer Resources:
The library has 46 computer workstations which offer access to the Internet, Microsoft Office programs, and CSM course software. From these computers, customers can access our periodical databases and other resources.

The library also maintains a Student Computer Lab in room 208 of the BU building.  The lab is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday during the fall and spring semesters.  Lab resources include the Microsoft Office suite, software for CSM courses, and the Internet.  Work space is available for students having their own laptops.  Only currently enrolled CSM students showing valid student ID cards may use the lab.

Miscellaneous Resources:
The library maintains a collection of popular paperback books and a growing collection of audiobooks. A copier is located in the microfilm room for student use.

Southern Maryland Studies Center:
The SMSC is a research center of materials dealing with the history and culture of Southern Maryland (Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert Counties). The SMSC holds about 3,000 books and periodicals as well as document collections.