Libraries' OER Guide

The Libraries have compiled an online guide that highlights resources available to both faculty and students who are seeking more information about Open Educational Resources. Along with concise list of OER search engines, you will find further explanation of Creative Commons Licenses, a selection of open textbooks by subject, and chances for students to get involved in the OER movement.

Libraries' Reserves

Faculty members can place materials on reserve to allow students free access to course content. Please visit the Course Reserves page to learn more about how reserves can be integrated into ELMS, and for further details on our new Top Textbooks on Reserve.


When you quickly need items that are currently unavailable or not owned by the UMD Libraries, use UBorrow.

UBorrow is a service of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). It enables you to search for and request print books and other items directly from 15 university libraries and the Center for Research Libraries, with combined collections of more than 90 million volumes.

Advantages to using UBorrow include:

  • Receive items faster than with recalls or Interlibrary Loan. Typical turnaround time is within one week.
  • Keep items longer than with Interlibrary Loan. Loan periods are 3 months with guaranteed 1 month renewal.
  • Items will not be recalled except under unusual circumstances.

Interlibrary Loan

Through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) borrowers may obtain books, articles, and other materials not held in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) system.


Did You Know?

  • College textbook prices increased by 186% between 1986 and 2004. (U.S. Department of Education)
  • An open source textbook is just like any textbook, except it has a nonrestricted copyright license
  • UMD estimates students spend $1,130 on books and supplies. (Office of Admissions)
  • 48% of Maryland students say that textbook prices affect which/how many classes they choose to take. (SGA and MaryPIRG survey)
  • 65% of Maryland student consumers have opted out of buying a college textbook due to its high price. (SGA and MaryPIRG survey)
  • In Fall 2014, students saved $873,393.00 at the University Book Center (UBC) by purchasing used books and renting their textbooks. (University Book Center)

Students Spend