Planning Your Visit to the
Southern Maryland Studies Center

The SMSC is located within the Library (LR Building) at the College of Southern Maryland's main campus in La Plata, Maryland. The SMSC includes the Archives, the Maryland Collection, and the Microfilm Room that operate on different schedules. Please visit our Resources page to familiarize yourself with the content of the SMSC’s collections.

Before Visiting

Visitors should contact the SMSC to set up an appointment. Please provide a brief description of the materials or collection of interest, requested appointment date, name, phone number, and email address. This will ensure we can prepare for your visit, especially if you are traveling to use our materials.

First Time Visitors

In order to access archival materials, all first-time visitors are required to read the Research Room Regulations and to complete the Patron Registration Form. By completing the Patron Registration Form, you are agreeing to abide by the Reading Room Regulations. To expedite your research process, please complete the form in advance of your visit. It is not necessary to register in order to use our Maryland Collection reference books or our microfilm collections.


  • Location: The Archives are through the sliding glass doors to your right when you enter the library's front doors.
  • Hours: Appointments are typically scheduled between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday (hours are subject to change due to campus programs, campus closures, and special events).

Maryland Collection and Microfilm Room

  • Location: The Maryland Collection is located in the stacks to the left when you enter the library's front doors. The SMSC’s microfilm is located in the Microfilm Room to the right of the circulation desk.
  • Hours: Library Hours of Operation


Feel free to contact the SMSC if you would like assistance identifying relevant materials. Check out our LibGuide for more information on archives and on how to conduct archival research.