Thursday, May 11, 2017

Public Notice: MD Dept of Housing & Community Development public hearings on draft annual plan

Public Notice (PDF)

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has shared the following public notice:

The Maryland Dept. of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) will hold a series of public hearings to develop its new draft Annual Plan update of the State's Consolidated Plan.

Please see the document linked above for details.

The first set of hearings on the development of the draft Annual Plan will be held in 4 locations:

  • Towson, MD - Tues. May 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm
  • Denton, MD - Wed. May 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cumberland, MD - Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Owings, MD - Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 10:430 a.m.

The Cumberland meeting will take place at the Allegany County Office Complex, 701 Kelly Road, Potomac Room 230.

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.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Extended Library Hours for End of Semester

The Lewis J. Ort Library will offer extended hours of service for the last week of classes and final exam week beginning this Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Dates and hours are listed below. They are also posted online at 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 also offer 24/7 online chat reference service through Maryland AskUsNow! at

Spring 2017 Extended Library Hours Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 10 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 11 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 12 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 15 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 16 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 17 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 18 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Friday, May 19 – 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20 – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 21 – 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Monday, May 22 – 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 23 – 7:00 a.m. to midnight
  • Wednesday, May 24 – 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 25 – COMMENCEMENT DAY – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 26 – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 27 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, May 28 – CLOSED
  • Monday, May 29 – MEMORIAL DAY – CLOSED

Library Summer Hours:
Monday through Friday – 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays – CLOSED
Sundays – 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We wish you all the best in finishing out the semester!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Multimedia Presentation Room

Need to practice an upcoming group presentation? The Ort Library offers the Multimedia Presentation Room on the 2nd floor of the library to assist you with practicing for your presentation. 

The Multimedia Presentation Room allows students to practice a presentation utilizing the same equipment you would see in the classrooms on campus. 

The Multimedia Presentation Room is also equipped with a large LCD monitor for watching DVDs for class assignments.

If you have any questions about using the Multimedia Presentation Room, please see a librarian at the Reference Desk.  

To access the Presentation Room, please check the key out from the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the Library. 

New Library Displays for May 2017

The Lewis J. Ort Library is pleased to present three new displays in the library.

On the 5th floor is the celebration of the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy (JFK), who was born in May 1917. The display provides biographical information about JFK and includes some of the books that the library has on our 35th President of the United States.

The 4th floor of the library has a display on the history of the American Red Cross, including information on the co-founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton. The display provides some history of the organization and includes some of the resources the library has on the organization.

The final display is on the 3rd floor. This display celebrates Mother Goose Day on May 1st. This display highlights the history of "Mother Goose", including that some of the nursery rhymes may go back to the 10th century. The display also highlights some of the resources we have in the library on Mother Goose, including a Chinese Mother Goose book, a Muppets Mother Goose book, and a French Mother Goose book.

These displays will be up through the end of May.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Theresa Mastrodonato at or 301-687-4425.