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Circulation Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know about borrowing.

langcirc@ubalt.edu | 410-837-4260
Contact the Circulation Desk with any follow up questions.

  • How do I place a hold or recall on a book?

    When you find an item in the catalog that you would like to put on hold at Langsdale Library, have recalled from a user that has it checked out, or request from a University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions library to be delivered to Langsdale Library, simply click on the "Request" button and follow the directions.

    Note: UB alumni may use the catalog to hold/recall books available at UMBC's library, the UB Law Library, or Langsdale Library.  Click the "Request" button in the catalog, select "Other" under "Please choose your campus affiliation," then login using your library barcode number and last name. 

    Other University and Public Library material loans will be handled through your Interlibrary Loan account. Contact Access Services staff for more information: ill@ubalt.edu | 410-837-4283

  • What do I need to borrow books, DVD, etc?

    Bring your valid Bee Card or a University System of Maryland institution ID card and any material you would like to borrow to the Circulation Desk at Langsdale Library to check items out.

    DVDs are only available to UB students, faculty, staff or alumni.

  • How long can I keep a book or DVD?

    Books, government documents, and annual reports: Can be checked out for 4 weeks with up to 2 renewals for a potential 12 week period.

    Media (DVD and VHS): A total of 5 items can be checked out at any one time for 7 days (UB students, faculty, staff and alumnus only).

    Reserves: Most reserves are in-library use only, with a two-hour limit. A reserve may be renewed if it has not been requested by another patron. Outside-library use is determined by the instructor.

  • What can not be checked out of the library?

    Books: Reference and Special Collection materials do not circulate except in rare cases through approval of the Reference department. In such cases they are charged and returned at the Reference Desk.

    Periodicals: Periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers) do not circulate.

    Government Documents: Documents that have been checked-out before can circulate. Previously uncirculated documents must be approved for circulation by the librarian on duty at the second floor Reference Desk.

    Reserves: Up to three reserve items may be checked out at the same time.

  • What Items do I have currently checked out?

    You can view your library account to see what items you have checked out to you and when they are due.

  • Where do I return a book?

    Books can be returned to the Circulation desk on the 1st floor of Langsdale Library during open hours. At this time Langsdale Library does not have an after hours book drop. So plan accordingly.

    You may request a return receipt but will not receive a receipt without requesting.

  • What are the fines if my items are overdue?

    $0.25 per day from the due date. The maximum fine is $20.00

    Reserves: In-library reserves: $5.00 fine for unauthorized removal from library. Out-of-library reserves: $1.00 per day.

    Recalled Items: $1.50/day, up to a maximum fine of $25.00.

    Lost/Damaged Item Fees: Books/Media Items: $125.00 Documents: $25.00

  • What if I want a book that is currently checked out?

    You can place a recall on a book that is currently checked out by clicking on the yellow Request button for that book in the catalog. The current holder will receive a notice asking him or her to return the book and you will be notified when it becomes available. For more details see Hold-Recall Procedure.

  • Can I borrow books from other Libraries?

    Current University of Baltimore students, faculty, and staff have direct borrowing privileges at all University of Maryland System & Affiliated Institutions libraries. Current students may also directly borrow materials from any CCBC campus.

    UB alumni may borrow books from UB Law Library and UMBC with current, valid alumni association card and ID. Click the "Request" button in the catalog, select "Other" under "Please choose your campus affiliation," then login using your library barcode number and last name.