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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

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 10-31 closing at 1:30 p.m.; September 25 closing 11:45 a.m.)
Closed Saturday
Closed Sunday
Closed May 23 - 25 (Memorial Day)
Closed July 3 (Independence Day)

Fall Semester Hours:  September 2 - December 16, 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 November 25-29

Between Semester Hours:  August 15 - September 1, 2015 and December 17, 2015 - January 24, 2016
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)
Closing December 22 at 3 p.m.
Closed December 23 - January 4 (Holiday Break)
Closed January 18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

The college is located at 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD., off Md. Rte. 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 Material:
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 over 40 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.

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

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.