Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday Hours!

Yes, the library is open on Saturdays!

We'll be keeping our doors open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the fall semester on Saturdays. Computers, printers, scanners, group study rooms, individual study rooms, silent study, group study, course reserves, and check-out of library items are all available. Please note that staffing is limited and research and interlibrary loan assistance may not be immediately available. Special Collections and Archives will not be open.

If you have a question, please contact the Library Services Main Desk at 301-687-4395.

We welcome you to stop in and say hello!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Public Notice - 30 day comment period for Dept. of Housing & Community Development CAPER Report

The State of Maryland has opened a 30 day public comment period on the draft 2018 Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). This includes a series of public meetings.

In Western Maryland, the meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 26.

Friday, September 20 at 1:30 p.m.
Allegany County Office Complex
701 Kelly Road
Potomac Room 230
Cumberland, MD 21502

Please see the original notice here: 2018 Draft - Consolidated Plan Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).

A copy of the draft Annual Plan is available online at this link:

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.  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.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Big Changes for Ort Library

Announcing Big Changes for Ort Library!
The Ort Library welcomes all students, faculty, and staff back to FSU for another exciting semester. As has been the case all over campus, big changes have been happening in the library!
New Library Website: Over the summer the library staff worked together with the Office of Information Technology to design a new and improved library website to match the University website. Research tools and information on collections, policies, and library spaces should be better organized and easier to find. Take a look around the new site and let us know how it’s working for you. To provide feedback, use the form on the main library page:
New Service Desk Merger: Also over the summer, library staff merged the 2nd Floor Reference Desk with the 3rd Floor Circulation Desk to create the new Library Services Main Desk on the 3rd Floor. This newly combined service area is a one-stop shop for all your library needs including research and information help, as well as borrowing materials, checking out group study room keys, and using course reserves. A service desk is still located on the 2nd Floor for help using microfilm, accessing 2nd Floor collections, and assisting with printing and scanning.
Open on Saturdays: Starting September 7th, the library will once again offer Saturday hours! During the regular semester, the library will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with limited services.
The Ort Library staff hope that these changes will improve the library experience for all and make for a successful academic year.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Fall 2019 Library Hours

Fall 2019 Library Hours:

Monday through Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to Midnight
Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Open Later!)
Saturday – 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (New Hours!)
Sunday - 1:00 p.m. to Midnight

Fall hours begin Monday, August 26, the first day of classes.

Special Exceptions to Regular Hours:

Saturday, Aug. 24 – Closed
Sunday, Aug. 25 – 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31 – Closed for Labor Day Weekend
Sunday, Sept. 1 – Closed for Labor Day Weekend
Monday, Sept. 2 – OPEN LABOR DAY – 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Library hours are posted on the hours page of the library website:

If you have questions, please contact the Library Services Main Desk during our open hours at 301-687-4395 or by email at Online resources remain accessible via the library’s website, and online chat reference and research help is available 24/7 through Ask Us Now even when the library is closed.

Information about the library’s study spaces, collections, and policies can be found on our new and improved library website and our full Library Code of Conduct is available here:

On behalf of the library, we welcome you all back for another semester!

Monday, August 19, 2019

Tuesday, August 20: Library Opening at 1:00 PM

The Library will open at 1:00 p.m. following a delayed opening due to a library-wide staff meeting during the morning hours. The Library will remain open until 6:00 p.m. as scheduled.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Independence Day Holiday Closing

The Library will be closed on Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday. The Library will reopen on Sunday, July 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and resume regular hours.

We wish you all a Happy Fourth of July!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Welcome Class of 2023 to Preview FSU

The Lewis J. Ort Library welcomes the Class of 2023 to Preview FSU. The library is welcoming students and their families to the university during the Bobcat Information Fair held in the Lane University Center.

Library staff are available at the information fair to answer any questions the students and their families may have about the library.

Randy Lowe is joined by the Bobcat at the Ort Library's table.

Stop into the library to ask any additional questions you may have.

Welcome Class of 2023!