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Severn Library


Online tools facilitate the same type of serendipitous discovery that researchers get from browsing the stacks.



The Severn Library is a university-owned facility on the edge of campus that houses unique, rare and important research collections.

All items housed in the Severn Library may be requested through the catalog by anyone with borrowing privileges. 

Patrons with borrowing privileges should request whole volumes via the catalog and chapters or articles via Interlibrary Loan.

Visitors without borrowing privileges should use the Severn Library Request Form. Visitors are limited to 10 items per patron (including multi-volume works and serials) and all items are Library Use Only.

Items are typically delivered to McKeldin Library within 1-2 business days and are available for varying loan periods. You will be notified by email when the material has arrived. Single journal articles will be digitally scanned and sent to the email address you provide. 

Materials from Special Collections and the Archives must be requested in advance and used in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library.