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Library Media Services Merge FAQ

Beginning this summer, Library Media Services, currently located on the ground floor of Hornbake Library, will merge with McKeldin Library. The consolidation of LMS collections, services, and staff with those of McKeldin Libary 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 on the ground floor of 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 Library Media Services' current space 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.
Purchase requests for DVDs or streaming videos –
Placing DVDs or streaming videos on course reserve –
Scheduling a viewing Room for my class –

Submitting a purchase requests for Film Studies books and journals– Pat Herron
Scheduling a library instruction session for my course – Pat Herron 
Scheduling a research consultation – Pat Herron 

Borrowing a DVD on interlibrary loan –
Starting July 1, the Library Media Services collection will be unavailable for a period of time while the materials are relocated and integrated into McKeldin and Severn Libraries. If you need an item in the meantime, please request the material via interlibrary loan.

Our long-term goal is to consolidate the Library Media Services collection as much as possible in one location. We will take into account the needs of the particular disciplines and the challenges of interdisciplinary research and instruction, which sometimes blur traditional subject-specific delineations.

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.
We anticipate Library Media Services merging with McKeldin Library, once complete, will create a more uniform service experience for our users. The consolidation of staff and collections will allow us to respond to the evolving research needs of the campus community with greater efficiency.

The subject responsibility for Film Studies, including instruction, research consultations, books and journals will go to Pat Herron, Liaison Librarian for English, Latin American & Latina/o Studies, Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition.

If you have a question about a particular service not addressed in this FAQ, please email Gary White, Associate Dean for Public Services, at
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 will be opening 25 study carrels on the seventh floor to on-demand reservations this fall. 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. During summer 2017, STEM Library added space to significantly increase student seating in the branch.