University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions

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The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) is a consortium of 16 libraries at the public universities and colleges in the State of Maryland. Our  mission is to provide unified, cost effective and creative approaches to the acquisition and sharing of information and knowledge resources across the 16 libraries.  We support the shared mission of our member campuses to contribute to the intellectual and cultural growth of our students, faculty and staff. 

USMAI maximizes resources through a robust patron-initiated borrowing program, a shared integrated library system and discovery layer, and consortial licensing of database and e-journal subscriptions.  Our services are supported by the ExLibris products, ALEPH, MetaLib, and SFX.

The consortium is governed by the Council of Library Directors, which consists of the Director of each member library.  This body develops policies, guidelines, and strategic directions for the consortium.   Management and administration of the consortium is coordinated by the University of Maryland Libraries Information Technology Division, located on the College Park campus.  Send us your comments.

Principal Consortial Functions: 
Cataloging services
Collections sharing
Electronic content licensing
Electronic content loading/presentation
Interlibrary loan/document delivery
Storage facilities
Union lists/shared online catalogs
Mailing Address: 
University System of Maryland, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, ATTN: Chuck Thomas, 3300 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, MD 20783-1690, USA
United States
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Staff Contacts: 
Chuck Thomas, Executive Director
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