Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Thurgood Marshall Library

The Thurgood Marshall Library enhances the mission of Bowie State University by developing, selecting, acquiring, and organizing print, electronic, audio visual resources, and equipment appropriate to the University's academic programs.  The Library recognizes the varied information needs of its students, faculty, staff, alumni and community users and attempts to address those needs.  The Library also promotes information literacy education by collaborating with the University faculty in utilizing current technology and teaching methods to enhance an instructional program that teaches library clientele how to access, evaluate, and utilize information.       

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Thurgood Marshall Library, welcome.  We strive to honor our mission by providing resources and services on-site as well as electronically to our students, faculty, staff and administrators. Presently, the library supports the university's mission of teaching and learning with a collection of over 280,000 volumes (physical and electronic), over 700 academic subscription titles, an electronic portal (ResearchPort) to over 70  databases,  as well as videos and DVD recordings, and an experienced staff. The library's two floor facility has computers for research purposes, group study facilities, individual study carrels, two conference rooms, WiFi, photocopying machines, and seating capacity for more than 300 patrons.

As a member of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), our patrons also have access to the collections of thirteen university libraries in the state of Maryland. A daily delivery between the participating libraries is provided to assist patrons in obtaining materials from other libraries in the system.  In addition, all registered patrons have access to interlibrary loan services, which is a resource sharing system, for materials not available within the USMAI.

Our dedicated faculty and staff are on duty for a total of eighty-four hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Technical and reference assistance for library patrons is available on-site as well as via the telephone.

We invite you to browse our website, stop by the reference desk in the library or telephone the reference desk for your information needs.  Remember our aim is to have a satisfied library patron.


For more information and assistance, please call Circulation Desk 301-860-3870 | Reference Desk 301-860-3862