How do I borrow materials? What items can I borrow?


The Maryland Carey Law community can borrow materials from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library (TMLL), from USMAI libraries if they are not at TMLL, and from other libraries if they are not at USMAI

Start by searching the Law Library’s online catalog available on the homepage to find the title, call number, and library location. 

To search the catalog at the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, go to the Discovery Service Catalog on the homepage, enter your search terms, select "Law Books and Articles," and click the Search button. To search for items at TMLL and USMAI libraries, select "Law and Interdisciplinary Books and Articles." To search for items at other libraries, select "Search all of Discovery Service @ Maryland Carey Law."

Then, follow the instructions on how to borrow items from that library location.

To borrow an item from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library 
First, find the item in the catalog. Make a note of the call number and notice whether the item can be borrowed. Items can be borrowed when their "Status" is "Available." Next, look for the item organized by collection type and call number on the shelf. Use the library map to find the location of our collections and call numbers on each of the four levels, or you can ask the staff at the Desk for help and direction. Bring the item to the User Services Desk with your OneCard. There the library staff will scan your OneCard and the item's barcode and can tell you the item's due date.

If you are Maryland Carey Law alumni, please refer to our alumni borrowing page for more information.

Your Library Account: Maryland Carey Law faculty, students, and staff can view a summary of your current borrowing activity and manage your transactions in the Law Library Catalog (USM Version). To access your account, log in to the Catalog with your UMID and password, then select "My Account." From your account, you can see your borrowed items and due dates, renew your borrowed items until a later date, and track your hold requests from USMAI libraries. 

Due Dates, Returns, Recalls, and Overdue or Lost Items: Students at Maryland Carey Law can borrow most TMLL items for the length of the semester.

To return an item, hand it to the library staff at the User Services Desk by the due date. 

In general, a borrower can extend the loan period for borrowed items by renewing them often as you wish, either from your account or by contacting the User Services Desk. If another user has requested to recall an item before you renew it, the recall will be honored before the renewal.

To borrow an item from the Law Library or one of the USMAI Libraries that is on loan to another patron, you can recall the item by finding the item in the catalog and placing a hold request on it. After the item you recall is returned and available, you will receive a "Hold Request Available" notice from the Circulation Department that the item is available for pickup at the User Services Desk.

Items you borrow may be recalled after two weeks at the request of any other patron. When you receive a recall notice, it means that the item you are borrowing is recalled, and your new due date is in two weeks. Recalled items accrue fines per item per day overdue. Failure to respond to a recall notice and return the recalled item may result in suspension of loan privileges and bills for replacement costs and processing. All materials are subject to recall. Material to be placed on reserve may be recalled at any time. 

Law students with outstanding fines or overdue items will not be cleared for graduation until their library obligations are met. 

If borrowed items are overdue or lost, the borrower bears sole responsibility for any fines, fees, or charges accrued because of the late return, damage, or loss of TMLL materials charged to the borrower's card. If the borrower has lost the items that are borrowed, the borrower will be charged per lost item to cover replacement costs. All loan privileges will be suspended if a substantial number of fines accrue against an individual’s record. 

For materials borrowed from other libraries, the fine schedules of the lending institution apply. Fines owed are payable to the lending institution only. Borrowing privileges may be suspended until the account is paid in full and the material is returned or replaced by the borrower.

Borrowers should not allow others to borrow on their OneCard since they will be solely responsible for any transactions charged to their card.

  • Last Updated Mar 07, 2023
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  • Answered By Jenny Rensler

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