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Visit the Southern Maryland Studies Center

The Southern Maryland Studies Center (SMSC) is located within the Library (LR Building) at the College of Southern Maryland's main campus in La Plata, Maryland. The Maryland Collection of reference books is located to your left when you enter the College of Southern Maryland Library's front doors. The Documents Room, which holds our collections of archival materials, is through the sliding glass doors to your right when you enter the library's front doors. Our microfilm is located in the Microfilm Room to the right of the circulation desk. The SMSC's Maryland Collection and Documents Room operate on different schedules.

The Maryland Collection of reference books has the same hours of operation as the College of Southern Maryland Library. Our archival collections are available in the Documents Room, which is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as by appointment with 1 week's advance notice.  Visitors are encouraged to call ahead if you plan to use our archival collections, or if you are traveling to use any of our materials, to ensure that we will be operating on our normal schedule during your visit, as our hours do sometimes change to align with the College of Southern Maryland's academic calendar.

First-Time Visitors

In order to access archival materials contained in the Documents Room, all first-time visitors will be required to read the Regulations Regarding Use of Materials and to fill out a Customer Registration Form. By signing the Customer Registration Form, you are agreeing to abide by the Regulations Regarding Use of Materials. To expedite your research process, you are welcome to fill this form out in advance and bring it with you to the Studies Center.  It is not necessary to register in order to use our Maryland Collection of reference books or our microfilm collections.

Research Appointments

No appointment is necessary to access collection material. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead if you plan to use our archival collections, or if you are traveling to use any of our materials. If you would like research assistance or help identifying relevant materials, please feel free to contact us!