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Community Borrowers and Researchers

The UMD Libraries’ Community Borrower and Community Researcher Programs provide alumni and others who are not currently affiliated with the University  limited borrowing privileges for the Libraries’ print collections. To apply, please fill out the Community Borrowers and Researchers Form. You need to be at least 18 years old and provide an acceptable photo ID, local mailing address, and an email address.

  • Valid Driver's License w/ photo
  • Valid State ID w/ photo
  • Valid Passport w/ photo
  • Valid U. S. Military ID Card w/ photo
  • School ID w/ photo
  • Employee ID w/ photo

The ID must have a unique identifier number (an ID or license number assigned by the state, school, or organization).

Membership is issued for a maximum of one year (365 days) at a time. 

  • Exception: Lifetime Alumni Association members who purchased their membership before April 1, 2012, who must renew their Community Borrower membership every five years.
  • Reciprocal borrowers who qualify for free membership: their membership duration will be one year or the expiration date on their card/form, whichever expires first.

Membership in the Community Borrowers Program permits you:

  • to borrow material from all libraries at the University of Maryland's College Park campus, Shady Grove campus, and Severn Library
  • a 30-day loan period in most cases; all loans are subject to recall
  • to have a maximum of 25 items checked out at any one time
  • one renewal for each item, unless it has been recalled
  • book paging that allows requests for items from any branch to be delivered to any other branch, or to request an item from the shelves to be delivered to the Library Services Desk

Membership in the Community Researchers Program permits you:

  • to borrow material from all libraries at the University of Maryland's College Park campus, Shady Grove campus, and Severn Library
  • a 56-day loan period in most cases; all loans are subject to recall
  • to have a maximum of 100 items checked out at any one time
  • two renewals for each item, unless it has been recalled
  • book paging that allows requests for items from any branch to be delivered to any other branch, or to request an item from the shelves to be delivered to the Library Services Desk

What is not included:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Remote access to databases and other online resources 
  • Recall services for UMD materials checked out by other users
  • Borrowing materials from any other USMAI library
  • Late Night Study in McKeldin Library
  • Room reservations

Note: The Libraries reserve the right to withdraw or block Community Borrowers or Researchers loan privileges for overdue or recalled items that are not returned and for library fines that are not paid in a timely fashion. Community Borrowers and Researchers are subject to overdue and recall fines.

Also note that Community Borrowers and Researchers are bound by the same Library User Responsibilities as other library borrowers. Learn more about our borrowing policies.

Community Borrowers

Library users can become Community Borrowers for one of the following fees:

  • CIRLA, OCLC, or SHARES reciprocal borrowers (with identification): Free
  • FDA, NASA Goddard, and NOAA employees (with identification): Free
  • Current members of the UMD Alumni Association* or Friends of the Libraries: $25 per year
  • State of Maryland residents (with acceptable photo ID): $50 per year
  • Out-of-State residents: $100 per year

*Exception: Lifetime Alumni Association members who purchased their membership before April 1, 2012, will continue to receive free borrowing privileges. 

Community Researchers

Library users may become Community Researchers for the following fee:

Note: Community Researcher membership is not available to out-of-state patrons (except Big Ten Library Users), and there are no discounts.

A check or credit card is required for payment. The Libraries do not accept cash or money orders.

First, you must complete the Community Borrowers and Researchers Form.

Next, you must present the appropriate photo ID and any required documentation and payment (as indicated above) at the 1st floor Library Services Desk, McKeldin Library, 

Note: Community Borrower Card pick up and processing ends 30 minutes prior to closing

Contact the McKeldin Library Services Desk at (301) 405-9046 or email askmckcirc@umd.edu if you have questions or need additional information.

To renew your membership, please fill out the Community Borrowers and Researchers Form, and select “Yes, I wish to renew My Account.” 

Community Borrowers and Community Researchers have access to their My Account, just like UMD affiliates.

  1. Go to the toolbar at the top of the page. Click "Accounts."
  2. Choose the first option named "My Account"
  3. Choose "Other" under the list of affiliations
  4. Type the barcode on the back of your borrower card into the ID/barcode field
  5. Type your last name into the last name field and click Log In
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