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Library Media Services Merge FAQ

Beginning this summer, Library Media Services, currently residing in Hornbake Library, will merge with McKeldin Library. Library Media Services specializes in physical and digital media collections, course support, curricular planning, audiovisual production, and conversion. Primary users are students, faculty, and staff who use audio and visual media as an integral part of coursework, research and publishing.

The consolidation of LMS collections, services, staff, and spaces with those of McKeldin Library is currently underway. This page provides answers to some of the questions library users might have about the merger.

If you have a question about a service not addressed in this FAQ or a general question about the merge, please email Gary White, Associate Dean for Public Services, at

Library Media Services is merging with McKeldin Library so the space it currently occupies in Hornbake Library can be converted to classrooms and offices for the College of Information Studies.

With campus space at a premium, the Provost and the Dean of the College of Information Studies elected to support the department’s pressing need to accommodate a rapidly growing undergraduate program. The Library Media Services space was selected to meet this need.
The University Libraries will comply with the campus request to vacate the space currently occupied by Library Media Services this summer. Relocation of LMS collections, staff, and services to McKeldin Library is currently underway.

Some services currently offered at LMS might require more time to fully incorporate into McKeldin and may operate on a temporary basis until more permanent solutions are found.
The decision to merge Library Media Services with McKeldin Library aligns with University Libraries’ overall goal to transform traditional libraries to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.

The merger provides an opportunity to assess and improve our services, spaces, and collections, using holistic approaches, and in compliance with the strategic goals of the University and Libraries.
Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, LaserDisc, and audiocassette collections have been relocated to McKeldin Library and are now available for loan. To borrow these materials, please place a request in our online catalog. Library employees will retrieve and make them available for pick up at the Library Services Desk on the first floor of McKeldin at 3-4 scheduled times per day. Library Services Desk employees can also retrieve items for users on the fly, as needed.

Legacy formats remain unavailable for the time being. Our long-term goal is to consolidate the media collections as much as possible in one location. Certain materials, valuable but less frequently used, will be moved to Severn Library, our off-campus facility. We have already begun consulting with faculty to make decisions about the collection.
Similar to physical format media, our goal is to consolidate the Library Media Services digital collections and services to offer them along with our audio/video databases and digital libraries. Course reserves and migration of obsolete formats for access will continue as much as possible during the transition period.

We will also take into account the needs of the particular disciplines whose primary teaching material are audiovisual formats and any challenges to curricular and instructional priorities during and after the merge.
All current LMS staff members will move to McKeldin, where they will continue to assist with tasks related to media and other library services. Over time, other staff members in McKeldin will be trained to provide additional support for faculty and students requiring media services.
The following services are currently available:
Unfortunately, due to the loss of space, the Libraries can no longer provide instructional spaces for viewing films, including rooms 0302 H and J in Hornbake. We worked with the Provost's office to identify the alternative spaces on campus for viewing films in various formats, which faculty and student groups can reserve themselves.
We are continually exploring ways to increase study spaces across the Libraries. Hornbake Library has 243 seats for studying in the lobby areas of its four floors. These are in a combination of individual and group study configurations.

In addition to study spaces in the Terrapin Learning Commons and a recently updated first floor, McKeldin recently opened 25 study carrels on the seventh floor for 4-hour reservations. McKeldin’s Reading Room and additional Research Commons seating have also helped increase the total number of library study spaces.

In the past few years, STEM Library has also added 80 seats. A recent first-floor renovation offers prime opportunities for study and collaboration.
Donations of films and other media are handled in the same way as other formats. To make a gift to the University Libraries, please contact the Gifts-in-Kind Coordinator via email at or phone on (301) 314-5674. For more information about donations, please visit

If you have a question about a particular service not addressed in this FAQ, please email Gary White, Associate Dean for Public Services, at