Services for Faculty

About the Library

The University Library provides services and resources in support of all academic programs, research, and intellectual pursuits of the university community. Working closely with faculty, the library staff has developed a strong collection of books, journals, reference works, and databases to meet the ever increasing needs of undergraduates, faculty and graduate students. The largest academic building on campus, the library has seating for 1,200 people, and is open seven days a week during the academic year.

Library Liaisons

Contacting the librarian liaison responsible for your subject area is a sure way to get the best understanding of what is available to you. Your librarian liaison will work with you to make the most of all library services including providing library instruction sessions for specific courses, developing collections and resources appropriate for your teaching and research, helping to review or prepare new course and accreditation proposals and by guiding you through the many services the library provides, some of which are listed below.

Research and Resources

Online Resources and Services

The library’s online resources and services are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The library’s web pages serve as a gateway to numerous services and resources including access to databases, interlibrary loan request forms, and links to other online services. The library's Primo search provides access for locating books and materials within the library. Use the Primo journal search to find journals in both paper and electronic formats. The library's Articles & Databases page provides a list of subject and general databases.

Have you tried RefWorks? RefWorks is a Web-based bibliography and citation manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. You can use these references in writing your publications and automatically format the citations and the bibliography when you are ready. NOTE: You can create as many as these bibliographic databases as you wish and even share development and access rights across a group as well.

Database searching (999-8678)

Librarian liaisons can assist you in locating material for tenure promotion and literature reviews. 

Borrowing (999-8750)

Faculty may borrow library books for a semester. Loan periods for audiovisual materials vary. Faculty must have a UMass ID with a validated library barcode on it for all transactions.

Interlibrary Loan Services (910-6951)

Faculty may request books and journal articles from other libraries through interlibrary loan

Streaming Films - See Films - Streaming Media for Fully-Online Classes

UMD Library - Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Membership (999-8750)

Faculty can use and borrow materials from any of the academic and research libraries which make-up the BLC. Cards are issued through the circulation desk on the first floor. A valid and activated UMassPass with library barcode is required.

At the reference desk (999-8678)

The librarians and staff are trained to answer questions and guide library users to the most appropriate books, media, or databases. Subject librarians are also available to help faculty in locating information that supports their teaching, research, and service activities.

Library Instruction & Course Support

Instructional Services (999-8670)

The library offers instruction and consulting services which are designed to help students, faculty and staff develop essential research skills, while creating an awareness of the full range of library resources and services. Instruction classes range from introductory sessions to more in-depth instruction on specific subject related reference works, databases, and internet resources. Subject librarians can work closely with faculty to develop course integrated assignments, instruction sessions, and customized web class or subject guides. Additionally, subject librarians are happy to offer individual consultations with faculty members to introduce new library resources and refresh their awareness of subject area resources that the library provides.

Films - Streaming Media for Fully-Online Classes (999-8682)

University Extention and the Carney Library work together to acquire rights to films needed by faculty for fully-online classes. To request online access to a film, complete the online request form. Since negotiations with some movie houses can take a few weeks, please complete the attached form well before your class is scheduled to run.

Online Class Support (999-8682)

Librarians offer synchronous and asynchronous support for fully online classes. Using tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Snagit, and LibGuides, your librarian liaison can impart the knowledge and skills your students need to use information resources. If you have questions about how library staff can support your online class, please contact the Online Support Coordinator or your librarian liaison

Reserve Reading (999-8750)

Faculty may place up to twenty-five separate titles per course “on reserve” as assigned reading for students. These items can be library materials, personal copies or photocopies of journal articles or book chapters. 

Media and equipment can be scheduled and picked up at the library circulation desk. In addition, an expanding number of classrooms and lecture halls are equipped with technology (microcomputer, projector, document camera, VCR/DVD player.) All other classrooms are equipped with a VCR, TV, and overhead projector.

Wondering how to find out what audiovisual materials the library might have? Try the Library's Primo Search to find out holding and location information on videotapes, compact disks, DVDs, books on tape and more.

PhotoGraphics Services (999-8694, 999-8693)

The Photographics Department, located in the library's lower level, provides graphic, photographic and videographic services to faculty, students and staff. Department staff members produce photographs, color slides, transparencies, videos, posters and displays for classroom use as well as for presentations and seminars. Images may also be digitized for email and/or web use.

Miscellaneous Services

Laptops, calculators and more are available for loan

Laptops, caculators and more are available for loan at the library's Circulation Desk. Requests for equipment and support in university classrooms should contact the CITS IT Learning Spaces support team.

Wireless Access in the Library & on Campus

Wireless access to the internet is available on all floors of the library to registered wireless users UMD students, faculty, and staff. Limted guest access is also available.