For Guests

When to Visit

Those not affiliated with Towson University are welcome to visit during the hours when the library is open. After 10pm, everyone must show identification before entering the library.

The library’s 24/7 study space is only available to Towson University students, faculty, and staff during the hours that the library is not open.

Getting to Albert S. Cook Library

Visitors can park in the Glen Garage and the Towsontown Garage. Prices and locations are available on the Visitors, Department Guests & Vendors parking information page.

Once you have arrived on campus, it is just a short walk to the library in the center of campus. To help you find your way visit the library Directions & Parking page.

Using Library Computers, Printers, and Other Technology

Visitors and guests can log in to the library’s public computers using a guest account. The guest account password changes each semester and visitors can obtain the password at the library’s circulation desk or research help desk on the main floor.

Wi-Fi is available to guests through the tu-openaccess network and information about how to connect is available through the Office of Technology Services’ Wireless & Remote Access page.

Guests can print using the WEPA printing kiosks available throughout the library and across campus. For details about guest printing, please see Visitor Printing in Cook Library.

The library has a public black and white copier on the 3rd floor that accepts credit card payment. There are also scanners on the 3rd floor that visitors can use to create and e-mail digital copies.

Using Library Resources

All guests may use the library’s electronic and physical resources while visiting the library. Borrowing privileges are extended to Towson students, staff, faculty (including emeriti), and alumni. Students, staff, and faculty from the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) as well as Goucher College, McDaniel College, MICA, and Stevenson may also borrow items with their school’s ID card.  Local patrons unaffiliated with the University may be granted special borrowing permission on a case-by-case basis. For more information visit the Check Out / Request page.

Using Special Collections & University Archives

Guests are welcome to visit Special Collections and University Archives on the 5th floor of the library when this department is open. If you require in-depth research assistance using these materials, please contact 410-704-2093 or email spcoll@towson.edu prior to your visit so that the staff can help you make the most of your visit.

Attending Library Events and Programs

Visitors are welcome to attend and participate in the library’s public events and programs. For a schedule, please visit the library website or Towson University’s events calendar.