USG operations are currently modified to protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff, given the continued challenges with COVID-19. At this time, most services and courses are being provided remotely or online. Access to campus buildings is restricted to essential personnel and those who require the use of specialized laboratories for courses on campus. Please visit the USG Onward web page for additional details.

The Priddy Library is working to do everything possible to continue to safely support the teaching, learning, and research needs of USG faculty and students as best we can. The following provides an overview of the availability of, and access to, library programs and services during this time. 

Hours

  • At this time, the library is closed until further notice.
  • Librarians are available via email and chat.

Remote reference/research help

Chat is available 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Monday - Friday.  Questions received outside of those hours will be answered the next business day. Librarians are also be available to answer questions via email and/or via online meeting tools such as Google Hangouts, WebEx, or Zoom.

Accessing electronic resources (journal articles, streaming video, eBooks)

Go to the homepage of the Priddy Library website. Under the search bar, click on the arrow next to the words “FIND ARTICLES.” Select your institution from the drop-down menu, which will take you to the databases provided by your home campus library.

Print Course Reserves

  • For faculty: If your students need access to print course reserves, please contact your liaison librarian. The library may be able to provide electronic versions of some chapters/sections, which you can then distribute to your students. We also recommend considering alternative readings/resources during this time that students can access online, such as articles or eBooks available through your home institution’s library or open educational resources (OER).
  • For students: Please contact your instructor if you require access to something from our course reserves for your class.

Workshops

All library workshops for the Fall semester will be held online. You will need to register for the workshop and then the workshop presenter will email you login information to attend it.

Requesting Library Materials

We are offering a curbside delivery service during the Fall 2020 semester, which enables USG students, faculty, and staff to borrow USG-owned books from the Priddy Library during the closure of our physical location.  More information, including a link to the request form, can be found on our borrowing page.

Equipment Loans

We have suspended equipment loans until our physical location reopens. If you have already borrowed something you should keep it until the library reopens, and you will not accrue fines or fees. If you receive any emails related to fines, fees or billing for equipment you have on loan, please email shadylib@umd.edu. If you need to borrow a laptop, contact the USG Office of Information Technology at usg-itservicedesk@umd.edu.

Returning Library Materials

All USG loans that weren't considered Lost at the time of the closure have been extended until at least 03/15/21, while items from other libraries may have different due dates.  If you are uncertain what you have on loan or when it's due, please check the Items Borrowed/Renewals section of My Account.  If you receive any emails related to fines, fees or billing for items you have on loan, please email shadylib@umd.edu.  Books may be returned to the bookdrop in front of Building III, but please continue to hold any DVDs or equipment (laptops, ipads, etc.) until we reopen and can facilitate in-person returns.

Requesting Materials Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • These requests are made through your home institution ILL.  At this point, many schools are only accepting requests that can be fulfilled electronically, but you should contact your home library's ILL department for the most up-to-date information.
  • Please note that due to the public health situation, many libraries across the country may be closed or short-staffed.  Requests may take longer than normal, and some might not be possible to fulfill.