Friday, August 26, 2016

New Guide for Distance Online/Distance Students

The Lewis J. Ort Library would like to introduce a new resource for students who are in online only programs (distance students). A new guide has been created to provide one place for online students to find information about accessing the library.

Even though students may not be able to physically come to the library, we want everyone to know that the Ort Library is still available by providing access to resources and services students will need to complete their studies. The library provides resources and services that distance students can access from anywhere that works best for them.

Students who attend at a distance can access:
·         OneSearch and Subject Specific Databases
·         E-books
·         Online Periodicals (scholarly/peer-reviewed, popular magazines, newspapers)
·         Online Encyclopedias (Credo Reference and Gale Virtual Reference Library)
·         Interlibrary Loan
·         Reference and Research Assistance (phone, e-mail, 24/7 chat, in-person)
·         Tutorials

This guide can also be used for anyone who works from off-campus. It provides information on how to access resources and services from off-campus, including how to log into OneSearch and other databases with your 14 digit barcode.

The guide can be found at the following link:

You can also access the guide from the library’s home page. The link for this new guide is under the Quick Links section of the home page, under the link Distance Ed Students.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato ( or 301-687-4425) or the Reference Desk ( or 301-687-4424).

Library Hours for Beginning of Fall Semester


As we near the start of the semester, the Lewis J. Ort Library hours will have some variation the return of the students to campus and the Labor Day holiday. Changes to Library hours and regular semester hours are listed below.

Library Hours through Monday, September 5:

  • Friday, August 26 || 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m
  • Saturday, August 27 || Closed 
  • Sunday, August 28 || 1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, August 29 – Thursday, September 1 || 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 Midnight 
  • Friday, September 2 || 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday, September 3 || Closed for Labor Day Weekend
  • Sunday, September 4 || Closed for Labor Day Weekend 
  • Monday, September 5, Labor Day || 12:00 Noon – 12:00 Midnight

The Library will return to regular semester hours on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

Regular Semester Hours:

  • Monday – Thursday || 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 Midnight
  • Friday || 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday || 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday || 1:00 p.m. – 12:00  Midnight
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395 or the Reference Desk at 301-687-4424. 

We look forward to having you all back on campus and we wish you a successful semester.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Unique and Interesting Books Found during Inventory

This summer the Ort Library staff worked on the second year of a three year project to inventory the entire collection that students, faculty, and staff are able to check out. During our inventory, the staff found some books with interesting titles, covers, or otherwise unique.

The display located in the Hoska case, located on the 3rd floor showcases some of the unique books that the staff found. As an example, the staff found a book whose title is 53 words long. The title is "A Mirror for Witches in which is reflected the life, machinations, and death of famous Doll Bilby, who, with a more than feminine perversity, preferred a demon to a mortal lover. Here is also told how and why a righteous and most awfull judgement befell her, destroying both corporeal body and immortal soul" written by Esther Forbes.

Other titles include "Cinderella ate my daughter: dispatches from the front lines of the new girlie-girl culture" by Peggy Orenstein and "Deer hunting with Jesus: dispatches from America's class war" by Joe Bageant.

Stop by the 3rd floor of the library to see what other odd books were found in the library's collection. This display will be up through the end of September.

For more information, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato ( or 301-687-4425).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New Online Resource - Nursing Reference Center

The Ort Library is pleased to announce the addition of Nursing Reference Center to its suite of online resources.  Nursing Reference Center, which is available to FSU students, faculty and staff, is designed specifically for nurses, and provides evidence-based information for point of care, continuing education, nursing research and more.

Nursing Reference Center is accessed via the Library's Databases A-Z webpage.  Off-campus users will be prompted to enter the 14-digit barcode number found on their FSU ID card as well as their last name in order to access the database.

If you have questions or need assistance accessing Nursing Reference Center, please contact the Ort Library Reference Desk at 301-687-4424 or via email or live chat.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Public Notice - National Housing Trust Fund program meetings

The Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development has distributed a public notice of a series of public hearings related to the National Housing Trust Fund program, which is a part of the Consolidated Plan required by HUD. 

The meeting for Western Maryland will be held in Hagerstown, Md.

Friday July 15, 2016
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Elgin Station Community Center
40 Elgin Boulevard
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Please see the attached scan of the notice for additional information and meeting locations.

Maryland Dept. of Housing And Community Development - 6/17/16 Public Notice (PDF)

The Lewis J Ort library is a depository for Maryland State Documents as well as a selective depository in the Federal Depository Library Program.  As a Maryland depository, we receive public notices such as the one featured above.  These notices are posted to a designated bulletin board on the 2nd floor of the Ort Library, but will also be posted regularly to the Ort Library Blog.  If  you would also like to be added to an e-mail distribution list in order to receive information about future public notices, please contact Lisa Hartman, Government Documents Coordinator at or (301) 687-4734.