Overview and Mission


The Frederick Douglass Library, built in 1968, was named for the self-educated abolitionist, orator and author who was born on the Eastern Shore. This three-story facility houses a multiplicity of print and digital resources to support the mission and academic programs of the university, including a noted African American History Collection. In 1991, through renovation efforts, the library doubled in size to 61,000 square feet. As a member of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) consortium, the library is affiliated with seventeen academic libraries for the purpose of sharing library resources. The integrated library system, ALEPH, makes it possible for our patrons to have 24/7 access to the library catalog, USMAI collections and electronic resources. These digital resources available from the library’s website includes over 100 research databases that provide access to ebooks and full-text coverage of thousands of scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers.

Mission Statement

The library renders academic support, shared resources and multiple services to students, faculty, staff and the university community for teaching, research, scholarship and lifelong learning in a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

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