Circulation: Direct Borrowing from USMAI Libraries
SPECIAL NOTE for students taking classes at an off-campus site:
SU students taking classes at USM Hagerstown
or UMCP Shady Grove locations may use Direct Borrowing and should request
that books be sent to
those specific sites
students taking classes at Cecil College or Chesapeake College locations cannot
use Direct Borrowing, but instead must use
Loan (ILL) to borrow books from
SU and other USMAI
Students must indicate their
course location in the
form for the request to be processed)
When registering as a new user in
ILLiad, please select your campus
affiliation from the status drop-down
Current USMAI students, faculty or staff members
may borrow materials, electronically
via the library catalog, from any of the member
libraries in the
University System of Maryland and
Affiliated Institutions (USMAI):
- Bowie State University
- Center for Environmental Science
- Coppin State University
- Frostburg State University
- Morgan State University
- Salisbury University
- St. Mary's College of Maryland
- Towson University
- University of Baltimore
- University of Baltimore, Law Library
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- University of Maryland, College Park
- University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
- University of Maryland, Health Sciences & Human Services
- University of Maryland, Law Library
- University of Maryland, University College
How Does Direct Borrowing Work?
View a brief Library Tutorial about
Direct Borrowing or...
Follow the Steps Below To Request An Item Through the Catalog:
Conduct a search in the catalog to see if the title is held by
Blackwell Library. If not,
click on the link to 'Choose
Campus' at the top of the catalog screen.
Select the campuses you wish to search and
enter search terms. By clicking on
the 'catalog' link under USMAI
(all campuses), you can search all
USMAI libraries at once.
Browse search results and then click on the title of the item you want to request.
When the 'Full View of Record' for the title is displayed,
click on the availability link for any of the
If the item shows as being 'On Shelf' and it is in the 'Stacks'
location, it is available to request. Click on the yellow
in using the 14-digit barcode number shown on your SU
ID/Gull Card and last name.
where you would like to pick up the requested item.
Tip: If a library has the title available, you will not be able
to select it as a pickup location.
You will then see a confirmation message at the top of the next
What types of materials can be borrowed?
Any circulating book owned by another USMAI library may be
borrowed. Other materials may be unavailable (ex. reserve collections, multi-media items, rare books, selected
legal materials or reference materials).
The lending library provides students with a 28 day
loan period. Faculty receive a longer loan period.
Direct Borrowing items may be renewed online through the library catalog
unless there are holds or recalls on the item. To renew items online
click on 'My
Return of Materials
Materials may be returned to any of the 16 USMAI libraries mentioned above. Return receipts are available.
Borrowers are responsible for any fines, fees or
charges accrued because of late return, damage or loss of materials. The
fine rates of the lending institution will apply and will be posted to the
patron's account. Fines must be paid to the lending institution directly.
Material borrowed is subject to recall by the lending library.
Recalls placed on any borrowed item may shorten the original due date to
facilitate its use by another patron.
Failure to return the item will result in a recall fine.
Interlibrary Loan vs. Direct Borrowing
Borrowing (Patron Placed Holds)
Request items through the ILLiad form.
Request the item
directly through the USMAI Catalog.
Materials are requested from a library outside the
USMAI Consortium (within the U.S.)
requested from USMAI Libraries only.
Materials may take longer to arrive at Blackwell
Library. The average turn-around time for
articles is 3-5 business days, for books it is 1-2
weeks. Hard to locate materials may take even
Blackwell Library within 3-5 business days.
one-time online registration form must be completed
before a request can be submitted (your registration
information is validated against your library
required, but you will need to authenticate with
your Gull Card 14-digit ID/barcode number.
There may be an occasional
charge, but only if the lending library charges us.
Student patrons will be notified of any charges in
||All materials are free.