Albert S. Cook Library

Albert S. Cook Library
Phone Circulation Services: 410-704-2456
Phone Research Help: 410-704-2462
Text Research Help: 410-774-1398

Centrally located on campus, the Albert S. Cook Library supports student scholarship by providing a wide array of resources, services and learning opportunities.

Cook Library serves as an information hub with more than 300 computer workstations available to connect users to library catalogs, electronic databases, electronic books, online journals and the Internet. The library has three electronic classrooms with wireless Internet. Cloud printers, scanners, and photocopy machines are located throughout the building as well. Individual quiet study areas and group study spaces are available across the library too: Room 200C on the second floor is dedicated to quiet study and there are study cubicles and rooms located on the second and third floors for group work. Students also have access to a 24/7 study space on the main floor. In addition, the library provides a leisure reading collection on the second floor and hosts events throughout the year, such as book discussions and noontime jazz concerts in the lobby. Starbucks also is located conveniently in the library lobby.

Individualized research help is available to students in person and virtually via text messaging, instant messaging, email and telephone. Research & Instruction librarians also teach students how to find, obtain, use and analyze print and digital information through scheduled classes and research consultations by appointment.

Cook Library’s online catalog and electronic resources are accessible to Towson University students any time, anywhere through the library’s web page. The library’s collection contains more than 400,000 books, including 240,000-plus electronic books. Students also have access to more than 150 electronic databases and about 60,000 electronic and print journals. The University Archives and Special Collections give students an opportunity to experience history at their fingertips through digital collections, rare books, and historical Towson University documents and photographs. In addition, Towson University students can utilize other area library collections. Students may request books from the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) libraries and they have access to many private college and university libraries in the Baltimore area. Materials needed for academic research may be obtained from around the world via interlibrary loan and graduate students have access to document delivery as well.

University Librarians

SARA ARNOLD-GARZA, Librarian II, Research & Instruction [2011] B.S., M.S.I.S.

JULIA S. CAFFREY, Librarian I, Library Technology [2016] B.A., M.S.L.I.S.

SARAH E. CREST, Librarian IV, Research & Instruction [1988] B.A., M.L.S.

MORGAN DAVIS, Residency Librarian for Diversity and Innovation [2017], B.S., M.L.S. 

RICK DAVIS, Librarian II, Technical Services [2004] B.A., M.L.S.

ELIZABETH DE COSTER, Librarian I, Research & Instruction [2017] B.A., M.L.S.

MIRIAM DESHARNAIS, Librarian I, Research & Instruction [2015] B.A., M.L.S.

JOYCE V. GARCZYNSKI, Librarian II, Assistant University Librarian for Development & Communication [2009] B.A., M.A., M.L.S.

SHANA GASS, Librarian III, Research & Instruction [2004] B.A., M.L.S., M.S.

MARY GILBERT, Librarian IV, Assistant University Librarian for Content Management [1996] B.S., M.L.S.

SARAH B. GILCHRIST, Librarian II, Research & Instruction [2012] B.A., M.L.S.

WILLIAM P. HELMAN, Librarian I, Information Technology [2015] B.A., M.S L.I.S

CLAIRE HOLMES, Librarian III, Assistant University Librarian for Public Services [2000] B.A., M.L.S.

ELAINE MAEL, Librarian III, Technical Services [2008] B.A., M.L.S.

KIMBERLY M. MILLER, Librarian II, Research & Instruction [2012] B.A., M.S.I.

DEBORAH A. NOLAN, Dean of University Libraries [2006] B.A., M.L.S., Ed.D

CARL P. OLSON, Librarian III, Research & Instruction [1995] B.A., M.L.S.

EDEN-ENA J. PARKS, Librarian I, Outreach & Student Engagement [2017] B.A., M.L.S.

MARY RANADIVE, Associate University Librarian for Administrative Services [1988] B.A., M.S.L.S.

LISA SWEENEY, Librarian II, Research & Instruction [1994] B.A., M.L.S.

ASHLEY L. TODD-DIAZ, Librarian II, Head of Special Collections and University Archives [2016] B.A., M.A., M.S.I.S.

CARISSA TOMLINSON, Librarian III, Assistant University Librarian for Access & Outreach Services [2008] B.A., M.L.I.S.

LISA WOZNICKI, Librarian III, Research & Instruction [2001] B.A., M.L.S.

ADAM M. ZUKOWSKI, Librarian II, Technical Services [2012] B.A., M.S.