Survival Guide for High School Students Visiting UMD Libraries
Welcome to the University of Maryland Libraries! The following pages will
help you learn about and navigate the campus libraries. Enjoy your time with
About the University
As the largest
university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University
of Maryland Libraries serve 37,000 students and faculty of the flagship College
Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning,
and research goals of the University.
With collections including 3.7
million volumes and more than 350 databases, we serve the needs of the academic
community. Our operating budget is $23.7 million. Seventy-five percent of our
materials budget is allocated to electronic resources.
We benefit from
being situated within minutes of the nation's capital and its departments,
agencies, and research centers.
Maryland ranks 50th among 115 libraries
of the Association of Research Libraries.
How Academic Libraries
Differ from High School Libraries - Academic libraries (libraries on
university and college campuses) differ from your high school library. Not only
are university libraries generally larger, the classification system, type of
materials, and scope of the materials will be different, as well.
- Classification - Academic libraries use the Library of
Congress call number system whereas
high schools generally use the Dewey system.
- Types of Materials - Academic libraries do not only have
books, they also have scholarly articles, newspapers, reference materials,
digital collections, special collections, electronic resources, and government
documents, among others.
- Scope - The collections housed by academic libraries cover
a variety of disciplines, including all of the subjects covered at that
institution, as well as related topics. All of these subjects are covered in
depth, giving students plenty of resources to choose from.
8 different libraries -
The University of Maryland Libraries are rich in print, online,
and nonprint resources. These materials are housed in seven libraries on the
College Park campus, as well as one located in Rockville, MD:
Houses collections in art, art history, history, archaeology, studio arts
(including photography), and graphic design.
Houses collections in architecture, urban studies & planning, and
||Chemistry (White Memorial) Library
Houses collections in chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, enzymology,
immunology, microbiology, and molecular genetics.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Library
Houses collections in biomedical engineering, physics, mathematics, physical
and civil, chemical, environmental, electrical, and computer engineering.
Houses the Maryland Room, University Archives, and many special and rare
McKeldin Library (Main Campus Library)
Houses collections in the life sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
The life sciences collection is divided between McKeldin Library and the
Chemistry (White Memorial) Library.
|| Performing Arts Library
Houses collections in music, theatre, and dance materials, as well as some
|Shady Grove Library (located in Rockville, MD)
Houses collections to support the Universities at Shady Grove (USG).
Preparing for Your Visit
Coming to Campus (including parking
on Campus - The University of Maryland offers many options when it
comes to dining. Take a look at this list to decide where you might want to eat
during your visit!