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Historic Preservation

Resources available at the University of Maryland Libraries related to the study of historic preservation and related topics.


You have two subject librarians with expertise in historic preservation and architecture available to you!

Doug McElrath sits in Hornbake Library.

Email Doug at

Cindy Frank sits in the Architecture Library

Email Cindy at 

Also, there are many other subject specialist librarians who would also be happy to help you with your research questions.

List of all librarian subject specialists

UM Libraries Orientation

The University of Maryland, College Park campus has seven libraries.  You will probably most often use the Architecture Library, McKeldin Library, and Hornbake Library (home of the National Trust Library collection). 

The Libraries' homepage is  Below are some useful links from the Libraries.

Architecture School

The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation is home to the master's program in historic preservation.  The Architecture Building contains the Architecture Library, the Visual Resources Collection, several computer labs, and the Ditigal Output Center.

National Trust Library Collection

A unique resource available to you!

Maryland Room

The Maryland Room is your access point for the National Trust for Historic Preservation library collection, and for many other great items pertaining to Maryland history and the University!

E-mail the Maryland Room

Stacks Versus Folio

The UM Libraries separate our books and shelve them by size in order to save space.  A Stacks book is regular sized, while a Folio book is larger.  The largest books are Oversize.

In the Architecture Library, Folio books and Periodical Stacks are on the first floor and Stacks are on the mezzanine.

In McKeldin Library, Folio books are toward the front of the building, Stacks are toward the back, Periodical Stacks are in the movable shelving at the far back, and Reference, Current Periodicals, and Microfilm are on the first floor.

Article Express

Graduate students may get print articles delivered electronically to their desktop within three business days!  To make a request, log in to your Interlibrary Loan account and click on Article Express.

Study Carrels

Master's students are eligible to apply for a study carrel in McKeldin Library (availability is limited).