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JOUR501 - Fundamentals of Writing and Editing

A guide to the UM Libraries and introduction to resources of use to students enrolled in Journalism 501.

Equipment Loan Program

Forget your laptop? Want to try out an e-book reader?

Borrow a laptop, e-reader, camera or charger through the Libraries Equipment Loan Program.

Four libraries on campus now offer equipment loan programs: McKeldin Library, White Chemistry LibraryLibrary Media Services and Engineering and Physical Sciences Library (EPSL).

Though not all libraries offer the same equipment, the following devices are available for loan to students at the McKeldin Library Terrapin Learning Commons (TLC):

  • Laptops - 12 Dell Vostro, 11 MacBook Pro, 13 MacBook Air
  • Netbooks - 5 Dell Inspiron Mini
  • Tablets - 7 iPad 2, 5 iPad (1st gen), 5 ViewSonic gTablet
  • E-book readers - 5 Sony Reader Daily Edition
  • Cameras - 3 Nikon Coolpix L120 still cameras and 3 Sony Bloggie Duo video cameras
  • Noise-reduction headphones - 16 Cyber Acoustics
  • Universal* laptop chargers - 5 Ultra X-Pro charger (*fits most brands except Apple/Mac)
  • MacBook chargers - 12 MacBook chargers for various, recent models
  • HDMI and VGA cables - standard 10ft HDMI to HDMI and VGA to VGA cables (can be used with monitors in group study rooms)
  • HDMI and VGA adapters - various adapters including mini-DVI to VGA, mini-DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI and VGA (can be used with our MacBooks), and iPad to HDMI and VGA
  • Universal USB phone chargers15  chargers that come with a 6-foot USB extension cable and a USB wall adapter

Check TLC item availability online.

Using Your Laptop in the Libraries

For questions about wireless connections, contact DivIT.

Printing and Copying

You can pay for Printing and Copying in the Libraries in one of two ways:

  • Open a Terrapin Express account online and use your University ID as your printing card. (Note: Terrapin Express can be used throughout campus, not just in the Libraries!)
  • Purchase a Photocopy Card in the Libraries for $1.00.

You can also send a print job to the Libraries printers from your personal computer anywhere on campus. 

Paging Library Books

You can request a book from the stacks at any of our campus libraries and have it delivered either to a different library on campus or to the service desk at the library where the book is housed.

If a book’s status in the catalog says “On Shelf,” you should be able to request it through the catalog.  Materials that are not books or books with the status “On Shelf/Non-Circulating” cannot be requested.  

For instructions, see the guide to Requesting Materials on the Shelf.

Reserve a Group Study Room

Go online to reserve a group study room in the Terrapin Learning Commons (McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor). 

Study Carrels

McKeldin Library has a number of individual study rooms, known as study carrels, on the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th floors.

3rd Floor study carrels are open to all library users on a first-come, first-served basis. These rooms cannot be reserved.

4th Floor study carrels are open to all University of Maryland-affiliated library users for 4- or 8-hour reservations. You may reserve a study carrel on these floors by using our online system.

6th and 7th Floor study carrels are reserved for faculty and PhD students in candidacy for a full semester at a time.

Article Express and InterLibrary Loan

Through interlibrary loan (ILL), you can obtain books and articles from journals not held in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) system. Books, periodical articles, dissertations, microforms, government documents, and technical reports are just some of the types of materials that can be obtained for you.

Graduate students and faculty may also request electronic copies of articles available in the Libraries through ArticleExpress. With ArticleExpress, the Libraries will scan in copies of materials from print and microfilm copies held at College Park and deliver them to you via your e-mail.

Suggest a Title for Purchase

Suggestions and recommendations for new library materials are welcome.

Contact Maggie directly or fill out this form.

Special Borrowing Programs