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Specialized Facilities

The Library
The Lewis J. Ort Library provides a wealth of research and reference materials for student and community use.

  • OneSearch, the library’s discovery tool for thousands of books, articles, information databases and online resources
  •  Consortium of 16 libraries within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), which provides additional research materials
  •  ILLIAD interlibrary loan services to request research materials from other libraries beyond USMAI
  •  Reference assistance onsite or online through Maryland AskUsNow chat reference or Ask a Librarian email at www.frostburg.edu/lewis-ort-library/asklib
  • Circulating art prints, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and teacher materials
  • Microfilm reader/printer/scanners available for historic newspaper and periodical collection
  • Selective depository for U.S. government documents and maps and electronic repository of Maryland government documents
  • Special collections and archives with emphasis on Western Maryland, including the public papers of two U.S. Senators from Maryland – J. Glenn Beall and J. Glenn Beall, Jr.
  • Individual and group instruction in information literacy/fluency for use of the library’s resources
  • 100 Internet work stations, 4 iMacs, a 30-station electronic classroom, public scanners and wireless Internet access
  • Individual study rooms, small group computer rooms and a smart classroom for practicing group oral presentations

Visit the Lewis J. Ort Library Web site at www.frostburg.edu/lewis-ort-library/ .


Lane University Center
The newly renovated and expanded Lane University Center is the hub for student activities and was built and operates with student fees. It contains a fitness center, computer lab, a state-of-the-art smart lounge featuring Xbox 360 and Wii gaming stations, student organization offices, the new University Store, The Appalachian Station restaurant, The Loft and a Java City Coffee bar. Lane University Center programs and services are described in the Campus Life chapter.


Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center
Students with valid University identification can use the extensive indoor and outdoor facilities of the Harold J. Cordts Physical Education Center:

  • Three gymnasiums for basketball and other sports
  • Swimming pool
  • Weight rooms with Matrix and Life Fitness cardio-vascular equipment, Hammer Strength free weights and Tuff Stuff machines
  • Racquetball courts
  • Outdoor tennis courts and all-weather track


For information on availability, contact the director at 301-687-4462.


Performing Arts Center
Students studying theatre and dance, music and communication studies can flourish in the Performing Arts Center. The center contains three state-of-the-art performing spaces: the 338-seat Drama Theater, the 175-seat F. Perry Smith Studio Theater and the 458-seat Pealer Recital Hall. It is complete with scenic and costume shops, a box office, practice rooms, faculty and staff offices, dressing rooms, two separate dedicated computer labs and other production facilities. Campus and community audiences are welcome at a wealth of concerts and performances. For more information, contact the director of the Performing Arts Center at 301-687-3037.


Academic Computing & Instructional Technologies
Students have access to a rich computing environment that includes specialized department labs housed in various campus buildings as well as the main University Computer Labs located in Pullen Hall. The University

Computer Labs offers:

  • Apple and Windows workstations connected to the campus network and the Internet
  • Scanning and printing facilities
  • Standard software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, Internet browsers, e-mail, programming languages, graphics production and library access
  • Access to statistics packages, programming languages and database programs through academic servers
  • Operational support for the 24 hour/7 days a week lab located in Dunkle Hall (access via student
    ID only).

Academic Computing & Instructional Technologies may be reached at 301-687-7090. Visit our computing Web site at www.frostburg.edu/computing.


Distance Education
The principal mission of distance education at Frostburg is to enhance student access to the University’s academic programs. The University is committed to providing students the support and resources needed to succeed as participants in distance education.

Frostburg State University’s online courses, taught by certified faculty, are open to all eligible students who are prepared to learn in an online environment. Online courses at FSU allow students to pursue their degree requirements outside the traditional classroom setting, which also provides an opportunity to acquire the technical skills and learning strategies important to the pursuit of students’ academic and career goals. Taking online courses can also accelerate their time to degree. Most of the course materials (other than textbooks) are available electronically with use of the web as the primary means of communication. Some courses may require limited on-site contact between students and the instructor (e.g., an orientation session or proctored testing) at various times throughout the academic term.

Interactive video instruction at FSU is conducted through the University System of Maryland’s Interactive Video Network (IVN). This network provides an opportunity for interaction with other institutions within the state of Maryland and beyond.

ACIT may be reached at 301-687-7090. The FSU Help Desk can be reached at 301-687-7777. Visit our website at www.frostburg.edu/computing.


University Children’s Center
The University operates a licensed Pre-School/Extended Child Care Program for the children of students, employees and community residents from Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Developmentally appropriate experiences are provided for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds in art, math, science, cooking, music and movement, dramatic play, large muscle and fine motor activities. The Center is located on University Drive (across from Bobcat Stadium). For more information, call 301-687-4027.