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Top 10 things to know about your library

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10.   Your ID card is your link to resources.

Your UMBC ID is your Library card. The 14 digit number on the front of the card is your Library account number.

9.   The Library has seven floors of fantastic resources.

The UMBC Library uses the Library of Congress classification; it is an alphanumeric classification system. It's different from your high school or public library. Just remember, books on similar subjects are shelved together. So, when you find one really great book, browse for other gems!

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8.   The Library is here for you 24/7!

The Retriever Learning Center (RLC) and the Library atrium are always open (RLC access is by valid UMBC ID card swipe only), and our electronic resources never snooze. They're available anytime through the Library’s website.

7.   We have books, journals, databases and other electronic materials...

With 1.1 million volumes, remote access to electronic journals and over one hundred databases, you have a great starting place for your research.

6.   If we don't have it, we can borrow it just for you.

Books can be requested from other USM campuses, and we use an Interlibrary Loan system to order articles we don’t own and books outside the USM. Ask at the Reference/Information Desk for more information.

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5.   Electronic Reserves are here!

Readings assigned for your classes are often on Electronic Reserve.

4.   There is more in the Library than just books!

Use it to study, do research, catch up with friends, work on group projects, or check out one of our 12,000 DVDs and CDs. Or, just sit back, relax, and have a cup of coffee and a snack from our café and vending area.

3.   Need help?

You can get help with your research in many ways. You can email us a question, or talk to someone in person via chat, phone, or at the Reference/Information Desk.

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2.   Need more personalized assistance?

Schedule an appointment for individualized research assistance with a subject specialist. Call the Reference Department at 410-455-2346 or visit the subject librarians’ webpage.

1.   ASK! The best link to successful research is the human connection. Our staff is amazing and is there to help you!

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