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 BLACKWELL LIBRARY TUTOR - Direct Borrowing

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Searching the Physical Collections - Direct Borrowing
  
Put very simply, Direct Borrowing is the sharing of resources between libraries.  This means you may borrow circulating books from any of the other libraries in the USMAI system, quickly and free of charge, by requesting them electronically.  You may select the library where you would like to pick the items up and return them.  The only caveat is that you will need your 14-digit ID/Barcode (back of Gull Card).

Other USMAI (University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions) member libraries include:

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Bullet image Coppin State University     
Bullet image Morgan State University
Bullet image Towson University
Bullet image University of Baltimore Law Library
Bullet image University Maryland College Park
Bullet image University Maryland Law Library
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Bullet image Center for Environmental Science
Bullet image Frostburg State University     
Bullet image St. Mary's College of Maryland
Bullet image University of Baltimore
Bullet image University Maryland Baltimore County
Bullet image University Maryland Eastern Shore
Bullet image University Maryland Health Science and
    Human Services Library

STEP 1: Open the library catalog (catalogusmai) by clicking the 'Find Books and More' link from the library home page.  At the top of your search screen, click on the 'choose campus' link (#1 below).

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STEP 2: This will open a page listing all the USMAI institutions.  Click on the 'catalog' link under USMAI (all campuses) (#2 below).

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STEP 3 & 4: You will be returned to a basic search screen from which you click on the 'advanced search' link in the gold bar (#3 below).  The original search screen will appear, with one major difference - you will now be searching the holdings in all the USMAI campus libraries (#4).

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Comments and questions about this page can be directed to the Library Instruction Coordinator