Policy on Visits by K12 Classes
The primary function of the University of Maryland (UMD) Libraries is to support the research of University students, faculty, and staff. However, UMD librarians have a long history of working with the K12 community. We will make every effort to accommodate requests for library visits, but visits must be scheduled during an available and approved time.
It is expected that teachers will first work with their school’s library media specialist in an effort to prepare students for the visit and guide them through the introductory steps of the research process. Teachers are encouraged to exhaust the resources available at their high school, local public, and community college libraries before arranging a visit to UMD Libraries.
Students should have a specific research assignment or topic. At this time, we are unable to schedule tours of the building or orientation sessions. For requests related to the John and Stella Graves MakerSpace, please email Terrapin Learning Commons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library visits should be no more than two hours in length. Extended visits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Library instruction sessions may be arranged for students enrolled in grades 10-12, and will be provided based on availability of our librarians, space, and resources. Earlier grade visits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
University requests take priority over community requests. Consider requesting an instruction session or visit during November, December, early January, April, or early May, times when librarians are less busy with course-related instruction. UMD Libraries are unable to accommodate community visits during the first 8 weeks of each academic term, or during exam weeks. See the University’s academic calendar for these dates.
Library instruction sessions are typically scheduled between 9AM to 5PM, during federal holidays, or over weekends. See the library calendar for availability details.
Arrangements must be made at least one month prior to the visit.
At least two adults must accompany each student group. For groups larger than 30 students, the ratio of students to teachers/parents must be 15 to 1. Adults who accompany groups are required to remain with their students. Groups larger than 60 students cannot be accommodated.
Requesting a visit:
To request a visit to UMD Libraries, please complete the following form. Requests cannot be completed without detailed assignment information.