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Purchasing Course Materials
Course materials and textbooks are available for purchase from MBS Direct, UMUC's virtual bookstore. You can contact them directly at 800-325-3252 (within the continental United States) or 573-441-9179 (outside the continental United States) or via email at Please see Purchasing Course Materials for additional options.

The Library Catalog
UMUC Library staff are happy to assist you in locating books that you can check out through catalogUSMAI and use for your classes, however please be aware of the following limitations:

  • Because of the changing nature of textbook needs for courses offered at UMUC, Information and Library Services does not include textbooks in our circulating collection.
  • Other academic libraries also do not normally purchase textbooks, so unfortunately very few current editions of textbooks are available.
  • Typical loan times for materials are limited and all books are subject to recall for other users, possibly further limiting your loan period.

Your instructor may have also placed materials on Electronic Reserve for your online course. Please check the eReserves area of your online classroom to see if any are available.

Note: DocumentExpress does not provide textbooks.
The UMUC Library does NOT provide textbooks through Interlibrary Loan (DocumentExpress).

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