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UMBC Students, Faculty & Staff

You will need a valid UMBC Campus ID card to borrow materials from the library. Campus IDs are issued in the University Center, as part of the new student and new employee orientation processes. Once you have your ID card, you are automatically registered in the Library system within two to four working days, after which time you may borrow materials. To access Library online resources from off campus you will also need to have a UMBC email account, which is issued by the Division of Information Technology.

After you are registered, you may also borrow material from any USMAI library or library that allows reciprocal borrowing. Students must update their library registration in September of each year or else their privileges will expire. Faculty and staff are typically given two years until their library registration must be updated.

Special Borrowers

The following people are eligible to become Special Borrowers:
  • Friends of the Library
  • High School Students
  • USMAI Alumni (UMCP Alumni are excluded in accordance with UMCP policy)
  • UMBC Alumni
  • Parents of Current UMBC Students
  • Spouses of UMBC Faculty and Staff
  • UMBC Emeritus and Retired UMBC Faculty & Staff
  • Non-USMAI Faculty
  • USM Golden ID Card Holders
  • Others Not Covered by One of the Above Classifications

Those not covered under USMAI or reciprocal borrowing agreements can obtain a Special Borrowers Card for an annual fee of $50.00. Payment methods include credit card, check or campus card. Please fill out the Special Borrower Registration Form and bring it to the Circulation Desk with a current driver's license or other valid non-expired, government-issued photo ID plus proof of a local current address such as a bank/credit card statement or utility bill dated within the last 60 days. Special Borrowers (including Alumni and Friends of the Library) may have a maximum of 25 items checked out with a 2 renewal limit per item.

All USMAI alumni (UMCP Alumni are excluded in accordance with UMCP policy) that have current borrowing privileges at their home campus also have borrowing privileges at UMBC. UMBC Alumni should first obtain a UMBC Alumni Card from the Alumni Relations Office, then register at the Library Circulation Desk. High school students are on occasion granted borrowing privileges for an annual fee of $2.00. All special borrower fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. Please note that Special Borrower privileges do not include access from off campus to online resources nor borrowing of Library Media or Digital Media Lab materials. See Library guideline 256 - Special Borrower Privileges, for full details.

sample Special Borrower Card

Guidelines on Granting Borrowing Privileges for High School Students

High school teachers may arrange for their students to have borrowing privileges by placing a request in writing or by phone to the Circulation Operations Manager. For group visits, the Circulation department must receive Registration forms, signed by both the student and parent, 8 working days prior to the visit. In addition, there is a $2.00 charge for each library card issued. The total amount for the cost of the cards should be remitted with the Registration forms on ONE CHECK, made payable to UMBC.

Please allow plenty of time for these procedures. Borrowing privileges cannot be guaranteed for a group if Registration forms are not received in the time period specified.

On a case by case basis, borrowing privileges may also be extended to high school students needing to borrow UMBC Library materials. To qualify, the student must have proof of current high school enrollment using either a valid high school ID card or a letter on school stationery showing proof of enrollment. The student must also complete the Library's High School Registration Form and the registration form must be signed by a parent or guardian for all students under 18 years of age. There is a $2.00 charge for the cost of the library card.

*Please note that Special Borrowers, Alumni, and High School Students may not borrow Media.

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