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AASP 202: Black Culture in the United States

This online course tutorial will assist researchers in identifying resources on research topics related to African Americans.

Availability & Place Hold

If a book is unavailable in the UMCP Libraries (e.g. checked out, non-circulating, lost, etc.), it may still be available for borrowing in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), such as Towson, Bowie State, UMBC, etc.

If you find such a book in the library catalog, you may request it by following a few simple steps within the catalog. First, click on the "Availability" button and then click on the "Place hold" button. Next, follow the instructions to complete your transaction. Allow three business days for delivery of the book to the requested library location. If an item you need is not in USMAI, then you may request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Scan & Deliver

Scan & Deliver will deliver articles electronically to your desktop within three business days of your request (provided they are available in print on the UM Libraries' shelves.) In the event that an article you request is not available on campus, Scan & Deliver will automatically refer the request to Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan

Faculty, staff, and students can obtain many books and articles from journals not held in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) system. Borrowers may request such items through Interlibrary Loan. There is no charge for this service.


The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) provides UBorrow library service. You can search for and request print books and other items directly from 15 university libraries and the Center for Research Libraries.

Receiving materials through UBorrow is often faster than waiting for items through Interlibrary Loan.  Also, you can keep the resources longer than with Interlibrary Loan.

Over 90 million library items are accessible through UBorrow. The service is available to all users with Interlibrary Loan privileges.