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My Account at the University Libraries

What is ‘My Account’?

My Account is a service available to current University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) registered users, including students, faculty, staff, alumni, Friends of the Libraries, and Special Borrowers.

My Account provides access to your personal library account, where you can:

  • See which items you have checked out and when they are due.
  • Renew books online and view your list of requests from other USMAI libraries.
  • Save or e-mail search results from the Libraries’ Catalog.

WorldCat UMD also has an account option that is separate from the library’s My Account.  With the WorldCat account, users can save searches, item records and email citations to themselves, among other options.


Sign in to ‘My Account’

  • Start at the Libraries’ home page: www.lib.umd.edu.
  • Click on My Account in the upper right hand corner of the home page.
  • Select University of Maryland, College Park as your campus affiliation.
  • Select your group, either Students, Faculty and Staff or All Others.
  • Enter your UM directory ID and password. Click log in.
  • Important: Verify your contact information.  To update, call Circulation at (301) 405-9046.

Check due dates and renew books online

  • After logging in to My Account, under the heading Activities, click on Items borrowed/renewals.
  • The books that you have borrowed are sorted by due date.
  • To renew a book, click in the box to the left of the title, then click “renew selected.”
  • To renew multiple items, click on the yellow buttons “renew all” or click the boxes to the left of the desired items and then click “renew selected.”
  • Review your list of borrowed items to verify the new due dates.

Monitor status of requested items

  • After logging in to My Account, under the heading Activities, click on Requests.
  • If your material is ready to be picked up, it will say “on hold until: (date)” in the status field. 
  • You may cancel a request if an item is still “in process.” Click on the number beside the title and delete.

Save recent search information with your WorldCat UMD account

  • Conduct your search. On the results screen, click “Sign In” next to “WorldCat” in the upper right hand corner. If you haven’t already done so, then create a WorldCat account.
  • After performing your search, click the Save Search button on the right side of the screen, just above your results.
  • To retrieve saved searches, log in to your WorldCat account and click saved searches.
  • Select a search strategy and click view to see the results.

Save item records

  • Search WorldCat UMD. On the results screen, log in to your WorldCat UMD account.
  • Either click the checkbox next to your desired record and at the top Save To drop down menu, choose which list you would like to save the record to, OR click the title of the desired record and, on the next page, click Add to list and choose which list you would like to add the record to.
  • To retrieve saved Catalog records, log in to your WorldCat account and click Lists.

Important!

  • The items placed under saved searches and saved items remain in your WorldCat account from session to session. You decide which items to save, delete, or e-mail.
  • If you do not log in to your WorldCat account, you will not be able to save searches or items.

E-mail item records in WorldCat account

  • Conduct your search.  If not already signed in, sign in to your WorldCat account.
  • On the results screen, click on the underlined title of the item in order to view the full view of the record.
  • On the Full View of Record screen, click on e-mail, located at the top, just above the record information.
  • Enter your e-mail address.
  • Check that the rest of the information in the form is correct.
  • Click send e-mail.

Export a citation

WorldCat allows you to export citations from an item record. In order to do this,

  • Conduct your search. If not already signed in, sign in to your WorldCat account.
  • On the results screen, click on the underlined title of the item in order to view the full view of the record.
  • On the Full View of Record screen, click on Cite/Export. This will allow you to either copy a citation, or export a citation.
  • To copy a citation, click the plus sign (+) next to the citation format you need and then copy the citation information that appears.choose which citation format you would like.
  • To export a citation, choose one of the export locations found beneath the Export a Citation heading.

End your account sessions!

  • For privacy reasons, remember to log out of all your accounts.
  • To log out of your My Account, click on My Account on the Libraries’ home page and then end session (upper right) before walking away from a public computer. A warning message will appear: Ending the session will empty the basket and erase recent searches. Click okay.
  • To log out of your WorldCat account, click Sign Out at the top of the search page next to where it says WorldCat.

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