About the Library

The Library at Frostburg State University has had a home in several buildings on campus over the years, including Old Main, Lowndes Hall, and Framptom Hall. The current building was constructed in 1976 from the design of S. Russ Minter. In 1990, the Library was named for its principle benefactor, local businessman, Lewis J. Ort. With its iconic sweeping arches, the Ort Library remains a centerpiece of the University campus.

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement
The Lewis J. Ort Library supports the mission of Frostburg State University by developing, selecting, and organizing resources appropriate to the University’s academic programs. The Library recognizes the varied information needs of its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community users, and suitably addresses those needs. The Library further promotes information literacy education for its clientele by utilizing current technology and by providing an instructional program that teaches Library users how to access, evaluate, and utilize information for research purposes. 

Vision Statement
The Lewis J. Ort Library aspires to provide information resources and services that advance student-centered learning and research. It supports the University’s commitment to prepare future leaders to be critical thinkers who are information literate and technologically-competent global citizens. The Library will collaborate with partners to increase access to information resources and foster scholarly communication.


The Lewis J. Ort Library at Frostburg State University is committed to making its electronic services and programs accessible to individuals with disabilities. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of the US Government provides the requirements for accessibility.