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Borrow Materials from the Library

Faculty can check out library materials at the Circulation Desk using their FSU ID cards. Items available for check-out include books, DVD’s, headphones, microscopes, and models. See User Access at a Glance to view information on loan periods, overdue fines, and other library policies. 

There is no check out limit on accounts in good standing. Faculty may check out any number of items from the circulating collections. Circulating collections include items in the Main Stacks, DVD's, Juvenile, Teaching Materials Collection, Oversize, and additional audiovisual materials. 

For more information about the Circulation Desk policies and procedures, please visit the Ort Library Borrowing and Circulation Policies page.

Access Your Library Account

Faculty can renew items, manage hold requests, and view their library record online by logging into My Account. First select Frostburg State University from the list of institutions provided. Faculty will then need to use their 14-digit library barcode number and their last name to login. The 14-digit library barcode number is located on the FSU ID card.

Renew Items

Items can be renewed three ways:

  1. Online by logging into My Account.
  2. Over the phone by calling the Circulation Desk at 301.687.4395 during open hours and giving a member of staff your 14-digit library barcode number.
  3. In person by stopping at the Circulation Desk with your FSU ID card (you do not need to bring the items in that you wish to renew).

Steps to renew online:

  1. Log into My Account.
  2. Click on “items borrowed/renewals”.
  3. Select the box next to the item you wish to renew.
  4. Click on the “Renew Selected” button. A new due date will be assigned once the item is renewed. Not all items are renewable, please read any messages that appear on screen to confirm renewals.

Request Materials Not in the Lewis J. Ort Library

USMAI and Request an Item

The Lewis J. Ort Library is connected to 17 other libraries within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) from which faculty can borrow materials. If you’re having trouble locating materials at FSU, try searching the catalog to include other USMAI libraries.

Items requested from other USMAI libraries are typically shipped within 3-5 business days at no cost to faculty. Items can be requested through the catalog using the “request” option on individual item records.

Once an item arrives, faculty will receive an automated email notification and can pick the item up at the Circulation Desk with a valid FSU ID card. Items requested through the catalog will be held for 10 days on the hold shelf before being returned to the owning library.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library offers Interlibrary Loan services to faculty to request items not available locally or within the USMAI system. Items can be requested from libraries throughout the world and typically arrive within 10 business days at no cost to faculty. Items can be requested through the interlibrary loan platform ILLiad, or through the catalog using the “find it” option.

For more information about using Interlibrary Loan Services, please visit the Interlibrary Loan page.  

Find Databases and Journals

Approximately 85 individual research databases are available to the Frostburg State University community in the A-Z Databases.  You may also view the databases according to category, type or provider or search for a specific database. Use databases to find journal, magazine, or newspaper articles or citations and abstracts of articles, book chapters, and more. The databases will also provide access to full text of these items if available. 

Journal Search lets you check the full-text availability of journals, magazines, and newspapers within the research databases. You can search for your journal, magazine, or newspaper by its title or browse the entire list by subject or provider. Journal Search will also provide you with information about the dates that are available and links to that journal at the appropriate databases that provide online access.  

Visit the Research Services page to learn more about A-Z Databases or Journal Search.

Get Off-Campus Access

To access databases, journals, and other online resources while off campus, use your 14-digit library barcode number and your last name to login. The 14-digit library barcode number is located on the FSU ID card and is also available in PAWS. 

Reserve Course Materials for Your Class

Please fill out the Library Reserve Materials Request Form (PDF) to place books or articles on reserve in the library to be used by students in your course.

Request New Library Materials

Faculty and academic departments can use the Library Materials Order Form to alert the Ort Library about new, curriculum-related books, DVDs or other resources that they would like the library to acquire.

Additionally, faculty and academic departments may suggest a subscription journal or database for the library using the Journal/Database Request Justification Form (MS Word download).

Explore Open Educational Resources (OERs) for Your Courses

Use the Library's Open Educational Resources Guide to locate low-cost or free open textbooks and other open resources for your classes.

Arrange a Research Consultation

Schedule an appointment with a reference librarian to help you with your research needs and special projects using the Research Consultation Request Form.

Get Instructional Support 

Schedule Library Instruction for Your Course

As a faculty or staff instructor, you may schedule ORIE and ENGL 101 class sessions, or  subject-specific library instruction at any level with a faculty librarian in the Library's Instruction Center, your classroom, or online!  Use the Library instruction Request Form to schedule your library instruction session.

Librarians are happy to collaborate with you to create a customized learning experience for your students, including creating online library guides for specific courses or checking the library’s holdings of titles for a class reading list.  Please contact Information Literacy Instruction Coordinator Molly Barra at 301.687.4883 or mmbarra@frostburg.edu with any questions about library instruction.

Link or Embed Library Resources in Canvas

Link an article (PDF) found in OneSearch in Canvas 

Embed or Link a video (PDF) found in the streaming video database Kanopy in Canvas

Access Specialized Collections 

In the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections and Rare Book Room, you can find resources on the history of FSU and resources on Western Maryland and the contiguous counties in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Access is by appointment only. Please contact Special Collections Librarian/Archivist Liza Zakharova at 301.687.4889 or ylzakharova@frostburg.edu

The J. Glenn Beall Archives are the repository for four major collections: the Beall Collection, the Meyers Collection, the Perlo Collection, and the Price Collection. Access is by appointment only. Please contact Special Collections Librarian/Archivist Liza Zakharova at 301.687.4889 or ylzakharova@frostburg.edu.

Display Your Research in the Library

Fill out the Frostburg Achievements Display Form to recommend your published articles, book, reports, or creative works be displayed on the main floor of the library.

Discover Department and Program Support Services 

The Library Liaison to your academic department or program can assist you in a variety of ways:

  • Assist with department or program requests for print, ebooks, or media library materials
  • Complete library portion of academic program review
  • Distribute online newsletter of new titles purchased for each academic discipline
  • Analyze library resources on a targeted subject