Usm library full information.

Usm library full information. 

Stratton Upper School Library

The Upper School library is a critical resource for innovative research projects that spurt higher-order thinking skills. Students are taught to be responsible digital citizens equipped with the skills to conduct research and synthesize information across multiple disciplines. In the summer of 2012, the Stratton Upper School Library was renovated to serve the changing needs of our 21st century learners. The library now features an open concept design with additional outlets to accommodate digital devices. Two smaller rooms offer students the space for collaborative discussion-based work and the opportunity to create multimedia presentations using new technology such as VoiceThread.

We strive for our students to be effective digital citizens, not to just be safe on the Internet, but to give them the skills to be positive global contributors to society. ~ Upper School Librarian Laura Klein. 

One of the greatest benefits of working with prekindergarten through 4th-grade students is that I get to know each child individually and watch them blossom and grow academically. ~ Preschool and Lower School Librarian Judy Clegg

Middle School Library

Our Middle School library is a welcoming place for students and teachers to research, collaborate, study, and read. Research and information literacy skills are incorporated into the regular classroom instruction, and students learn how to evaluate information and access a variety of print and online resources. The library offers an outstanding current collection of juvenile and young adult fiction as well as a variety of databases. The USM libraries are excited to offer a new program that makes e-books available 24/7. 

Tradition meets innovation in University School of Milwaukee’s three libraries, melding book and paper resources with the technology necessary to serve our 21st-century learners. Our libraries also join together with classroom teachers to help students navigate the vast amounts of information available online, providing valuable information literacy skills and experience using online and traditional reference tools.

Lower School Library
The Preschool and Lower School library provides a welcoming environment that encourages students to find books that not only fit their reading and interest levels, but exposes them to new authors and genres, cultivating an enduring love of literature. Preschool and Lower School students visit the library regularly, where lessons correlate with classroom instruction and research projects. They are taught how to locate and use printed and electronic resources, and learn concepts that build on analytical thinking and problem-solving throughout the Preschool and Lower School years.

Because we are all bombarded with information, it is crucial that we make sure our students know how to find the best information to answer their questions. ~ Middle School Librarian Francine Eppelsheimer

Cook Delivers request submission, fulfillment, and pickup
Document delivery services
Processing new requests to place print materials on reserve
Lending TU physical materials to non-USM library patrons through interlibrary loan
Borrowing of physical materials from other USM libraries
Interlibrary loan borrowing services for physical materials
Media requests for physical AV materials held by the library
Borrowing of physical materials (print, microforms, DVDs/AV, headphones & calculators) from TU
Borrowing physical course reserves materials 
Renewals, Returns, Fines & Fees
Many materials can be renewed online and due dates of TU items have been extended until September 4, 2020. Fines and fees are being waived at this time for physical materials that cannot be renewed or returned. Please contact Circulation Supervisor Kevin Fry if you have questions about your account.

Physical materials may be returned to the drop boxes located outside Cook Library and the Media Center entrances. Materials placed in these boxes will not be processed as returned until library staff return to campus, but fines and fees are being waived at this time for physical materials.

Changes to Events
In-person library events for the spring semester have been cancelled or postponed, but we are exploring ways to deliver some events online.

Librarians and library staff are available via chat, text, and phone during limited Ask a Librarian (Chat) hours to answer quick questions.

Special Collections & University Archives: Please contact SCUA via email if you have questions about their resources and services. Please be aware that responses may be delayed due to the availability of staff and technology.

University Updates
For information about Towson University’s response to COVID-19, please see the University's coronavirus website.

Relevant information relating to the current operations of the Albert S. Cook Library in response to the coronavirus outbreak. This page includes updates to library operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

View all news and updates from Towson University about coronavirus.

Last updated: May 15, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Changes to Operations
Library Spaces
The library building is closed indefinitely. This includes the 24/7 Study Space.

Please refer to Library Hours for the most up-to-date information on our virtual services.

Library Resources
The following electronic resources are still available

Library Website
Research Guides
Special Collections and University Archives’ Electronic Collections
The following resources are available but may experience delays based on the availability of library resources and personnel

Interlibrary loan borrowing requests and fulfillment of electronic materials
Course reserves services for electronic materials. 

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