Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Extended Library Hours

Update: 11/9/2020 to reflect a change in hours Nov. 9-12.

 The Ort Library is staying opening later!

Extended hours through finals begin Sunday, November 15, 2020!


End of Semester Hours:


Monday, November 9 – Thursday, November 12 || 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Friday, November 13 || 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday, November 14 || 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, November 15 || 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Monday, November 16 – Thursday, November 19 || 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Friday, November 20 || 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 21 || 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Sunday, November 22 || 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Monday, November 23 || 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Tuesday, November 24 || 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


If you have questions, please contact the Library Main Desk during our open hours at 301-687-4395 or by email at Online resources remain accessible via the Library’s website, and research help is available online via chat, email, or individual research consultations. Visit or email!


Check out our Library COVID-19 Response Guide for more information on services and spaces! Also, Library Staff would like to remind everyone not to leave belongings unattended during this busy time, even if only for a short period. Please also observe the space, noise, and health & safety policies designated for each of the Library’s four public floors.


Second Floor: QUIET FLOOR / Socially Distanced Group and Individual Study Spaces / Individual Computer Stations

Third Floor: QUIET FLOOR / Socially Distanced Individual Study Spaces / Individual Computer Stations

Fourth Floor: SILENT FLOOR / Socially Distanced Individual Study Spaces

Fifth Floor: GROUP FLOOR / Socially Distanced Group and Individual Study Spaces / Individual Computer Stations / Individual Study Rooms


We wish our Bobcats the best finishing out the semester!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Banned Books Week: September 27 - October 3, 2020

Banned Books Week began in 1982 when libraries notices that many books were being challenged and/or removed from libraries, schools, and bookstore. Since 1982, libraries and other organizations have taken an active role in making sure the public is aware of the books that are being challenged and to make sure that everyone has the " FREEDOM TO READ".

This year's theme for Banned Books Week is: 

Censorship of a Dead End. Find your Freedom to Read! 

The library has a display on Banned Books Week with some information about the most challenged books of 2019 and some of the books that have been challenged. The library also has a small display of books (that can be checked out) of books that have been challenged throughout the years.





Wednesday, September 23, 2020

New Ask A Librarian Research and Reference Help Page from Ort Library!

Got a research question? Need help finding sources? Not sure how to cite that article? Ask A Librarian! 

Check out our new Ask A Librarian portal for research and reference help at or just click on “Ask A Librarian and FAQs” in the main menu of the library website. There you can, search FAQs, chat with a librarian, send an email or submit a question, or schedule a one-on-one research consultation. 

Librarians are available to help students and faculty with any question related to the research process including developing keywords and search strategies, navigating library databases and resources, and correctly citing sources. 


Thursday, September 17, 2020

It's Constitution Day! Sept 17, 1783 - Sept 17, 2020

Join us in recognizing the 237th anniversary of the United States Constitution!  

We are providing some information on resources and events that you can check out to help you develop a deeper understanding of the Constitution and various issues related to the Constitution.

Visit the library to pick up a free Pocket Constitution at the display case near the Library Instruction Center (to the left after you enter the library). This year, the display features information about the amendment process and ideas that have been discussed as potential amendments for the future.

Photo of constitution day display case

Visit our Constitution Day information guide for videos and links to resources about the US Constitution. This year, additional pages/tabs have been added to the guide recognizing the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, and general information about the Amendment process.

Consider attending an online event sponsored by the National Constitution Center, including:

Virtual Town Hall with Justice Neil Gorsuch

Justice Gorsuch will discuss his career, the Judicial Branch and government, and the Supreme Court.  Register to attend through Zoom, or watch live on YouTube with these links.

Register to attend via Zoom.

YouTube Live Streaming

2020 Liberty Medal Ceremony 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be recognized today (Sept 17) at 6:30 p.m. (ET). Visit this link to learn more and to view the ceremony: Liberty Medal Ceremony

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15)

The Lewis J. Ort Library staff welcomes you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) with a new display on the 5th floor of the library. 
The display celebrates this year's theme: Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future.
The display highlights some of the resources the library has about the history and culture of Hispanics in the United States.

The Hispanic Network Magazine provides context for the difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino:
    "Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish and/or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America." (Retrieved from:


Monday, September 14, 2020

TD &T (formerly Theatre Design and Technology) Journal Available Online

The Lewis J. Ort Library staff are pleased to let everyone know that the journal TD & T (Theatre Design and Technology) is freely available online for student, faculty, and staff use.

The journal can be accessed through either of the following links: or

You can then access the journal by selecting the FindIt button. If you are off-campus you will need to sign in with your barcode and last name.

The online journal is available from its first issue in 1965.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

New Displays for August 2020

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present several new displays for August 2020.

The first display is located on the 3rd floor of the library. It is a welcome to students, faculty, and staff back to the library by introducing some of the resources and services that the library offers.

The second display is also located on the 3rd floor of the library. It celebrates the first US Census held in August 1790. The first census recorded just under 4 million people living in the US.

The third is located on the 5th floor of the library. It celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. the display highlights several women who were instrumental in the suffrage movement.

Please stop by and visit the displays to learn more about the topics.

If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Mastrodonato at