Book Borrowing & Delivery

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Need a book chapter or table of contents?
Request book chapters (up to 20% of the book) and tables of contents for electronic delivery through DocumentExpress.



Books from the Library Catalog

Who can borrow?

See our Circulation Policy for more details.

How do I request books for pick-up or free delivery?

Use the Request feature in the library catalog and select a pick-up/delivery option.

      • Want to pick it up in Maryland?
        A number of pick-up locations are available throughout the state, including the following. Be sure and check the hours of operation.
      • Want it delivered to you (for free)?  
        Select UMUC-UMUC Patrons Only and we will deliver the book to you.
        • Home delivery inside the continental US
          We will deliver the book, via UPS, to your home address as recorded in the MyUMUC Portal. Books cannot be delivered to P.O. Box numbers.
        • Office delivery option for full-time UMUC faculty and staff
          When the book is ready, we will offer you the option to have it delivered to your UMUC office via campus mail. 
        • Delivery to APO/FPO addresses outside the continental US (faculty only)
          We will deliver the book, via USPS, to your APO or FPO address as recorded in the MyUMUC Portal.

How many can I borrow?

There is no limit on the number of books you can borrow.

How long do they take to arrive?

  • For pick up in Maryland
    Generally 3 - 5 business days. You will be notified when the book is available, and then you should pick it up within a week.
  • For home delivery
    Generally 1 - 2 weeks.
  • For office delivery at UMUC
    Generally 3 - 5 business days for the book to arrive at UMUC, then an additional 1 - 2 business days for delivery to your UMUC office.

NOTE: If you request a book that is currently checked out, it will be recalled from the current borrower. This may delay its arrival.

How long can I check them out?

Loan periods are determined by individual USMAI libraries and vary. The check-out period will be at least 28 days.

Note: Books may be recalled by another borrower, shortening the due date.

Are there fines if I'm late?

You may be fined for overdue or lost books. You will receive a notice with information on how to make payment.

NOTE: Fines must be paid to the institution that owns the book. Do not send the payment to the UMUC Library.

How do I renew?

Use the MyAccount feature in the Library Catalog.

How do I return?

      • Drop it off at a Maryland location.
        A number of drop off locations are available throughout the state, including the following. Be sure and check the hours of operation.
      • Return it by mail.
        If you received the book by mail, at least 1 week before a book is due (2 weeks if you are overseas faculty), repack it and use the free return label provided. If you have questions, please contact us.
      • Return it by campus mail.
        If you are at a UMUC location in Maryland, you may return the book to the UMUC Library by campus mail. Please send it back at least 2 business days before the due date.

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Books from DocumentExpress

When should I use DocumentExpress?

Use DocumentExpress to request:

      • Books not available in the library catalog. UMUC will obtain the book from another library system.
      • Book chapters (up to 20% of the book) and tables of contents can also be requested for electronic delivery.

Note: DocumentExpress does not supply required text books.

See our Interlibrary Loan Policy for more details.

Who can borrow?

      • For books: Current students, faculty and staff in the continental U.S.
      • For book chapters: All current UMUC students, faculty, and staff may request chapters (up to 20% of a book) or tables of contents, regardless of location. We will attempt to scan them and deliver them electronically.

How do I request books for free delivery?

    • Home delivery inside the continental US
      We will deliver the book, via UPS, to your home address as recorded in the MyUMUC Portal. Books cannot be delivered to P.O. Box numbers.
    • Office delivery option for full-time UMUC faculty and staff
      When the book is ready, we will offer you the option to have it delivered to your UMUC office via campus mail.

How many can I borrow?

    • Undergraduates
      20 items per semester or eight-week term. This includes books and electronically delivered chapters and articles.
    • Graduate Students and Faculty
      Unlimited number of items per semester or eight-week term.
    • Staff
      Unlimited number of items, but these must be directly related to job responsibilities. DocumentExpress items for personal use are not accepted.

How long do they take to arrive?

    • For home delivery
      Generally 2 - 4 weeks for the book to arrive at UMUC, then an additional 3 - 5 business days for delivery to your home address.
    • For office delivery at UMUC
      Generally 2 - 4 weeks for the book to arrive at UMUC, then an additional 1 - 2 business days for delivery to your UMUC office.

How long can I check them out?

Loan periods are determined by the lending library and vary, but 1 month is typical.

Note: books are subject to recall, shortening the due date.

Are there fines if I'm late?

If books are not returned within three (3) weeks of the due date, you may be liable for a $50.00 to $500.00 replacement fee per item charged by ILS on behalf of the lending library.

How do I renew?

Log in to DocumentExpress one week before the due date and select Books You've Checked Out. Then click on the Transaction Number of the book. If renewal is allowed, you will see an option to Renew at the top of the screen. Some books cannot be renewed and ALL items are subject to recall by the lending library.

How do I return?

    • Drop it off at Largo.
      You may use the book drop box by the student entrance (weekdays only) at the UMUC Academic Center at Largo.
    • Return it by UPS.
      At least 1 week before the book is due, repack the book and use the free return label provided. If you have questions, please contact us.
    • Return it by campus mail.
      If you are at a UMUC location in Maryland, you may return the book to the UMUC Library by campus mail. Please send it back at least 2 business days before the due date.
       

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