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Course Reserves for the Summer

On behalf of the University of Maryland Libraries, we would like to thank you for your patience and flexibility, and for working with us during these challenging times. We are gearing up to provide access to course materials during the summer, as we monitor the university's guidance regarding the COVID-19 crisis. For now, we are operating under the assumption that we will not have access to the Libraries’ facilities and physical collections for most of the summer.

Course Reserves
We on the Libraries’ Course Reserves Team will continue to provide e-reserves services and resources and will do our best to support your teaching needs while all of us are working remotely. This includes, but is not limited to, finding and purchasing digital content and online materials, when available and depending on the Libraries’ budget. With this in mind, we recommend placing your Course Reserves requests for the Summer as soon as you can. For more information, please see Course Reserves Information for Instructors.

We recommend placing Course Reserves requests for any ebooks you intend to use as course materials. Not every ebook that is available in WorldCatUMD can be used by an entire class at the same time; placing a course reserves request allows us to vet the ebook and pursue upgrading if needed. Due to the annual purchasing blackout in June and July, requests to purchase ebooks for Summer I and II courses must be received by June 1.

For further assistance
We encourage you to work with your subject liaison librarian to identify information resources and services that the UMD Libraries can provide virtually to you and your students. Please contact Lindsay Inge Carpenter,, if you are interested in using Open Educational Resources. For questions and more information about Course Reserves, please contact us at