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Special Collections and University Archives Materials in Offsite Storage

Due to limited space in Hornbake Library, some archival and book collections are housed in an offsite storage facility. These collections are open for research and may be requested by researchers.

Please allow up to 4 business days for any of these materials to be delivered to the Maryland Room for your research. Special Collections and University Archives staff will notify you if a request you placed includes offsite materials.

How to Request Materials Located in Offsite Storage

While searching the Libraries' online catalogs, you might discover a book or periodical that is located at Severn Library, our high-density storage facility. If that item belongs to Special Collections or University Archives, you must place a request for the item using your Special Collections Account. These items, like all items in Special Collections and University Archives, do not circulate.

The requested item(s) will be available for you to use in the Maryland Room of Hornbake Library 4 business days after placing your request.

Example catalog records in WorldCatUM and Classic Catalog for a title from University Archives that is stored at Severn Library.

Steps to request materials:
  1. Click the link titled "Request from Special Collections"


    Screen shot indicating location of request button in Worldcat
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    Classic catalog

    Screen shot indicating location of request button in the classic catalog
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  2. Follow the prompts to log in or create your Special Collections Account.
  3. At the bottom of the page click the calendar button and choose the date you would like to visit the Maryland Room, keeping in mind that it takes 4 business days for items to be delivered. Click "Submit Request."

    Select the date of your visit and click Submit Request. Click to enlarge

You will receive an email notification when the item has been delivered to the Maryland Room.

You can also check the status of your request using your Special Collections Account. When your items are identified as "Item On Hold in Offsite Area," they are available for use in the Maryland Room.

Request through our archival collections site. Materials that are located in Severn Library will be listed as "located offsite" under the Additional Description information. Requests for these items should be placed several business days prior to your visit to ensure the materials will be available in the reading room. 

To place a request, please see the Request from Archival Collections section of our Getting Started page for assistance.

Theses and dissertations from the University of Maryland are located offsite at Severn Library. Many of these titles are available electronically. Please check DRUM and Dissertations & Theses Global before requesting the hard copy.

If you need to request the hard copy, please see steps above to request Special Collections and University Archives books and other cataloged materials from Severn Library.

In some cases you may be able to request or order the full-text electronically. See the Print Theses and Dissertations page for more details.


If you have any questions about offsite materials, please contact us.