Using and Borrowing Materials -
Information for Faculty

Circulation Services: 410-704-2456

Faculty loans for Towson University materials are due on two semester dates (February 5 and June 5). Due dates vary for other USM libraries. Please consult each library's policies.

Borrowing and Returning of Materials

Books from Cook Library must be checked out at the Circulation Desk located on the third floor of the Library. Faculty must present their valid TU ID at the time of checkout.

Books may be returned to the Circulation Desk on the third floor, placed in the book return box when the library is closed, or returned to any other USM library. All library users are encouraged to request receipts then they return library materials. Receipts are available from any of the USM libraries.


Materials needed longer than the regular loan period may be renewed, provided another user has not requested them. Materials may be renewed electronically (once) or presented at the Circulation Desk of any USM library (indefinitely). Electronic renewal is via the catalog: sign in to "My Account" This link goes to an external site., select "items borrowed/renewals" and renew each item individually. Cook Library does not handle telephone renewals.


The Library may recall borrowed items if they are needed by another user. When a recall is initiated, a notice giving the new due date is sent. The loan period may be shortened in these circumstances and you will be held responsible for any overdue charges incurred due to late returns.

Replacement Charges

After and item has been overdue for 48 days, it is billed for replacement. A non-refundable fee of $20.00 is included in the replacement cost. When materials that have been billed for replacement are returned, the Circulation Billing Supervisor will review the account to determine if a credit for the returned material will be issued. The review will be based on the following conditions:
     · the material is returned in good re-usable condition
     · the bill has not been forwarded to a collection agency
     · the Library has not withdrawn or replaced the material
     · the material is returned within a year from the due date
Note: Fine rates for other USM libraries vary. Please consult each library's policies.

Borrowing Information for USM Libraries

You may also request books from the other USM libraries directly through the online Catalog and have the books shipped to Cook Library for pickup. You will be required to give your 14-digit library number in order to initiate this process. This library number is issued at the Circulation Desk of Cook Library. You may also obtain materials in person from the Baltimore Academic Libraries Consortium and any of the libraries at the following USM institutions:

University System of Maryland Institutions:

Bowie State University
Coppin State College
Frostburg State University
Morgan State University
Salisbury State University
Towson University
University of Baltimore
University of Maryland, Baltimore
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University of Maryland Center for Estuarine Studies
University of Maryland College Park
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Maryland University College
Health Sciences & Human Services Library
Saint Mary's College

Note: Loan Periods for area libraries vary. Please consult each library's policies for exact due dates.

Circulation Services for Faculty / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: July 26, 2007

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