USG's fall 2020 operations have been modified to protect the health and safety of our campus community. Most services will be provided remotely. Access to campus buildings will be restricted, as most classes will be online and on-campus instruction is limited to a small number of primarily lab courses. 

Students, faculty and staff who will be on campus during the fall for classes or essential operations will be required to certify that they have completed a Covid-19 test within 14 days of their return to campus and that the test was negative. Anyone who is on campus will be required to wear masks at all times, consistent with CDC and Montgomery County guidelines. 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 will be suspending 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 loans that weren't considered Lost at the time of the closure have been extended until at least 12/1/20.  If you are uncertain what you have on loan, 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.

Requesting Materials Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • These requests are made through your home institution ILL.  At this point, most schools are only accepting requests that can be fulfilled electronically. 
  • USG is not currently serving as a pickup location for books owned by other libraries.
  • 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.