Special Borrowers

The primary purpose of our collection is to support the academic and research endeavors of our students, faculty, and staff. Members of the local community are welcome to use our resources, both print and electronic, in person at Cook Library. Remote access to online resources is restricted by licensing to current TU students, faculty and staff.

Rules and Responsibilities for All Borrowers

Special borrowers are subject to all the rules and regulations of the Albert S. Cook Library. Cardholders are responsible for all materials borrowed and for any fees assessed when materials charged to the library account are lost, damaged or returned late. Please notify us if the library card is lost or stolen.

When borrowing materials, the cardholder must present a picture ID along with the original library card. Photocopies of the library card will not be accepted. 

Global Business Incubator Members

As a participating member of TowsonGlobal, the Business Globalization Center, members of your organization are eligible to use the services and resources offered by Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University.

Library privileges are granted upon completion of the following steps:

  • Complete the registration form (PDF) and have it signed by your Administrative Assistant or Program Director.
  • Fax the registration form to the Circulation Manager at 410-704-3760 who will mail the library cards to your business address.

Upon submitting a Library Registration Form, each company will receive two guest cards with a validation date of two years from the date of issue. Extensions are granted upon request if your company remains a member of TowsonGlobal.

Affiliated Borrowers

Individuals who have a professional or working relationship with a University department but are not enrolled nor employed by Towson University may receive library privileges.

Completion of the following two forms is required to become an affiliated borrower:

Library Privileges for Affiliated Borrowers

  • Special Borrower's card - replaced for free if lost or damaged
  • Access to electronic resources: on campus only
  • Access to the media resources lab and materials
  • Access to periodicals, microfilms and microfiche collections in house
  • Reference assistance in person, via instant messaging, email, or telephone
  • Ability to search the library's online catalog remotely
  • Ability to borrow circulating materials from Cook Library - loan period is 28 days
  • Ability to renew library materials remotely or in house
  • Courtesy reminders of upcoming due dates
  • Notification if another patron needs items that are on loan to you

Community Borrowers

The library grants borrowing privileges to community members on a case-by-case basis. Please be advised that many resources are available via your local public library. We recommend that you begin your research process there.

Community members may submit a request in writing to Paula Langley, the Circulation Manager at Cook Library, via plangley@towson.edu or call 410-704-3442 for more information. If permission is granted, please complete the following form to receive borrowing privileges.

Library Privileges for Community Borrowers

  • Special Borrower's card - replaced for free if lost or damaged
  • Access to electronic resources: on campus only
  • Access to the media resources lab and materials
  • Access to periodicals, microfilms and microfiche collections in house
  • Reference assistance in person, via instant messaging, email, or telephone
  • Ability to search the library's online catalog remotely
  • Ability to borrow circulating materials from Cook Library - loan period is 28 days
  • Ability to renew library materials remotely or in house
  • Courtesy reminders of upcoming due dates
  • Notification if another patron needs items that are on loan to you

Circulation Services

410-704-2456

3rd Floor Circulation Desk