Wednesday, February 14, 2018

New Displays in the Library for February

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present several new displays in the library for February 2018.

The first display, located on the 3rd floor, celebrates African American History month by highlighting the contributions of "African American in Times of War". This display traces the heroism of African Americans who have served in all wars beginning with the Revolutionary War. The display also highlights many of the resources we have in the library's collection on African Americans in the US military.

The second display, located on the 4th floor, highlights the anniversary of the Donner Party. These settlers set out for California in 1846, but due to a series of unfortunate events, ended up spending the winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains. To survive their ordeal, some members of the expedition resorted to cannibalism to survive. Learn more about these settlers and the resources we have in the library on this topic.

The third display, located on the 5th floor, highlights the development of the phonograph by Thomas Edison in the 1870s. It traces the history from its beginnings to today.

Each of these displays will be up through the end of February.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Public Notice: Draft of MD DHCD's Consolidated Plan Annual Performance & Evaluation Report

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has distributed a public notice on a 30-day public comment period for the draft Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

DHCD will accept written comments through Feb. 21, 2018. A series of public meetings will also be held in early February.  In western Maryland, there is a meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 9.

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
Allegany County Office Complex
701 Kelly Road
Potomac Room 230
Cumberland, MD 21502

Please see this scan of the notice for additional information about the meeting: Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development Jan 23 2018 Public notice on CAPER.

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.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Spring 2018 Library Hours

Spring semester hours begin Monday, January 29, 2018.

  • Monday - Thursday || 7:30 a.m. to Midnight
  • Friday || 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday || 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday || 1:00 p.m. to Midnight

The Library will be closed on Saturday, January 27, but will be open 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28.
PLEASE NOTE:  The Library follows the University closure policy in cases of emergency closings, openings, and delays. If the University is closed due to inclement weather, the Library will not open. Changes in regular University operating hours are announced via posts to the FSU website and are sent out through email and text messages.
For questions about Library hours, please contact the Circulation Desk at 301-687-4395. 

Monday, January 22, 2018

Federal Government Shutdown Updates - Alternative Resources

During the Federal government partial shutdown, some online resources may be affected.  Please monitor this list for potential workarounds.  If the agency that you seek is not included, please contact Lisa Hartman, Reference Librarian & Government Documents Coordinator (, 301-687-4734), or the reference desk (, 301-687-4424), for potential alternative sources.  

This post will be updated as new information becomes available.

1/22/18 8:30 am update:

Additional sources of information about the shutdown:

  • "Dark websites"
    • As of 1/22/18 at 8:00 am, many of the agency web sites that were dark during the 2013 shutdown are still functioning. However, they are most likely not being regularly updated. (Many agencies have a message stating this on their home page.)

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Local FDLP Libraries' Representatives Meet

Connie Clifton, Dean of Educational Services and Acting Director for the Donald L. Alexander Library at Allegany College of Maryland, and Lisa Hartman, Government Documents and Reference Librarian at FSU, met January 12 to discuss possibilities for increased collaboration for Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) participation by their respective libraries.

The Ort Library at Frostburg State recently celebrated its 50 year anniversary as a selective depository for FDLP. A display case on Floor 2 contains highlights from the federal documents collection as well as the Government Publishing Office's plaque formally acknowledging the Ort Library's participation from 1967-2017.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Seasonal Visitors Find Refuge

Two of our recent visitors wanted to extend an invitation to you to visit the Lewis J. Ort Library during Intersession. The Ort Library is open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sunday hours during Intersession are 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.

We will resume normal hours when classes begin on Monday, January 29.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Library Closed for Winter Break Dec 22 - Jan 1

The Ort Library will be closed from Friday December 22, 2017 through Monday January 1, 2018 for Winter Break.

The Library will reopen on Tuesday January 2, 2018 at 7:30 am.

You can still access resources from off-campus during this time using your barcode and last name.

If you need reference assistance, you can chat with a librarian 24/7 via Maryland AskUsNow!

Have a safe break and happy New Year!