McKeldin Library on McKeldin Mall. Photo by John T. Consoli/University

The University of Maryland at College Park maintains eight libraries, including Architecture, Art, McKeldin, and Hornbake. With your student ID, you may check out circulating materials from any of these facilities. Instructors typically place course readings on reserve at the Architecture or McKeldin libraries. Photocopy machines are located on all floors of these libraries, and money can be added to your student account to make copies at a reduced rate.

McKeldin Library

McKeldin, with the largest collection of books and journals on campus, is the primary library for graduate research. The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTL) non-circulating collection is housed in the Maryland Room of McKeldin. To access this collection, bring the look-up information for the materials you need. You will be asked to put your bag in the locker provided before entering the security gate. Give the look-up information to the librarian, who will retrieve the materials for you. Copy machines are there for your use.

Architecture Library

Currently the Library is undergoing a transition, to move collections to McKeldin Library by the end of the summer. Please see attached meeting minutes (PDFs) below:


Located on the second floor of the Architecture Building, the Architecture library has planning and architecture books and periodicals, as well as Urban Studies and Planning studio reports. There is also a slide collection available in the Elizabeth D. Alley Visual Resources Collection on the same floor. Librarians are available by appointment to assist with your research needs.

Art Library

The Art Library houses a collection of nearly 100,000 volumes in art history, archaeology, and studio arts, including photography and graphic design. The collection is designed to support upper-class, graduate level, and research programs in art and art history.


The Art Library is located in Room 2213 on the second floor of the Art/Sociology Building. Additional information, including Art Library floor plans, a campus map with driving directions, and information for people with disabilities are available.

Hornbake Libary

Hornbake Library houses Archives and Manuscripts, the Katherine Anne Porter Room, the Library of American Broadcasting, National Public Broadcasting Archives, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection, and Nonprint Media Services.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation Library, located in Hornbake Library on the College Park campus, offers a wealth of preservation materials (more than 11,000 volumes).

URSP Library

The Urban Studies and Planning Library is a small collection of planning books and periodicals donated by Dr. Melvin Levin. It is located in the Caroline Hall conference room (CAR 0100), which is always open to URSP students. To check out books from the planning library, refer to the clipboard on the bookshelf.

Washington area Libraries

If the College Park libraries do not have what you need, consult the Interlibrary Loan service on campus, or the nearby Library of Congress. In addition, some of the campus libraries in the area have reasonable collections and nice reading rooms, including those at American and George Washington universities. And do not forget the resources of local research centers such as the Brookings Institution and the World Bank.