Dr. Elaine Ryan Library (La Plata Campus)


 You can find the Dr. Elaine Ryan Library on the La Plata Campus in the LR building.

Library Hours

Spring Semester Hours:  January 21 – May 11, 2020*
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays

Closed January 20 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
*March 23 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
*March 24 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed March 25 - 29 (Spring Break)

Between Semester Hours:  December 17, 2019 – January 20, 2020; and
May 12 – 25, 2020; and August 17 – 25, 2020
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Closed May 23 - 25 (Memorial Day)
Closed September 5 - 7 (Labor Day)

Summer Sessions: May 26 – August 16, 2020
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (except closing at 1:30 p.m.
during Code Green—dates to be determined.)
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
Closed July 3 & 4 (Independence Day)


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.


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 more than 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 more than 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.