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COVID-19 Updates

The University of Maryland Libraries is closely monitoring the university's community guidance regarding the novel coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic. We will update this webpage with the latest information regarding the availability of and access to library facilities, programs, and services, and to support remote access to information resources.


McKeldin Library and branch libraries are closed for all public access until further notice.

But we're still here for you. Librarians and library staff continue to work remotely to provide online services, resources, and instruction. AskUs/Chat will be monitored 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Questions received outside of those hours will be answered the next business day.

Online library resources

Remote access to library resources is available for all current University of Maryland, College Park students, faculty, and staff.

Access resources remotely using database finder or WorldCatUMD. Learn more about how to connect to electronic resources away from campus.

To ensure you can continue to have access to the software you need, the Libraries partnered with the Division of Information Technology to make software available to you through a virtual workspace.

The UMD Virtual Workspace provides University of Maryland students, staff and faculty with a Windows virtual desktop that includes a suite of software applications available for university work. The service allows you to access programs that may not be available on your desktop or laptop computer.

After you log into the service with your university credentials, the virtual desktop is available to you through a variety of methods and devices. From the desktop, you can access, work on, and save files from cloud-based storage platforms such as Google Drive and Box. You can also manage and edit files on your local computer. If you have any issues accessing the UMD Virtual Workspace or discover a software package you used in the library is missing, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Get personalized help from an expert in your discipline. Send subject-specific questions directly to your subject specialist librarian. Subject specialist librarians can provide one-on-one research assistance online or over the phone.

Take advantage of drop-in research help, especially helpful for those in General Education courses, including ENGL101 and COMM107. Virtual drop-in hours are on Thursdays from 11am-12pm via Zoom.

Can't make it to the drop-in hours? Contact to schedule a virtual meeting.

We can answer your statistics and analysis questions via Google Hangouts Meet. Visit the We currently specialize in SAS, SPSS, R, and can also provide support on Survey Design and Analysis.

Visit the Research Commons website to book a virtual appointment. Email for more information. Please note we do not tutor on statistical classes or homework.

Media Production Services can answer your media production questions on Adobe Suite, storyboarding, and more via Google Meets and email. Contact Lealin Queen, Media Lab Coordinator, at to get started.

Recognizing the increased need for digital resources to support remote learning, some publishers have temporarily eased restrictions on digital content to provide free access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

View our running list of free online resources, including free access to some textbooks.



Since our physical buildings are closed, you will not be able to request or borrow any new physical materials until we reopen. Materials currently on hold can be picked up after the Libraries reopen.

To support online learning and remote research, Interlibrary loan (ILL) and Course Reserves will continue to provide electronic materials. Requests for books and other hard copy loans are suspended while public access to the libraries is closed.

Request an article or chapter via ILL.

Instructors are encouraged to submit requests for course reserves, and library employees will advise as to whether we can provide the item in question, and if not, advise on alternatives. Contact Course Reserves at

Have a library book or piece of equipment? Please keep it until the Libraries reopen. Our book drops are currently closed. Rest assured fees will be waived and we'll help you safely return books once we reopen. If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please email

You will not be charged any late fees if the item is returned when the libraries reopen.

For most library materials, you can request a renewal in My Account. For ILL books and equipment, we are actively working to extend due dates in order to prevent fines and fees. Should any fines or fees accrue on your library account during the campus closure, those will be waived upon the item’s return. 

Would you like to appeal a fine that has already posted to your account? Please complete our Billing Inquiry Form


Library events

Library events have been cancelled, postponed, or moved to a virtual environment to support social distancing measures. Please check our Calendar of Events for the most up to date information regarding individual events.

We are not accepting new reservations for the Special Events Room, McKeldin 6137 for events taking place within the next 60 days, effective March 10, 2020. For questions regarding existing reservations within that timeframe, please contact Chris Davis at or 301-405-0407.