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BALC User Guidelines

The Decker Library is a founding member of the Baltimore Academic Libraries Consortium and is happy to extend reciprocal borrowing privileges to current students, faculty, and staff of the following institutions


  • Baltimore Hebrew University
  • Goucher College
  • Loyola-Notre Dame
  • Morgan State University
  • St. Mary’s Seminary
  • Towson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • Stevenson University
  • Johns Hopkins University - JHU and MICA have reciprocal borrowing for faculty and graduate students only. Interested JHU people must first visit the Eisenhower Library Circulation desk to have a registration form completed by Circulation staff to bring to MICA's Decker Library.

Borrowers must register in person by showing a current ID from one of the above schools as well as providing a permanent address and contact information.

BALC borrowing privileges at the Decker Library are subject to the following:

  • Members must present a current ID from one of the institutions listed above to borrow materials.
  • The standard loan period is three weeks and materials can be renewed twice if there are no holds on the material.
  • No more than 5 items can be checked out at a time.
  • If a book is checked out to another patron, a circulation staff member can place a hold on it and then notify the requesting patron once it has been returned.
  • Overdue charges are 25 cents a day per item.
  • An item will be considered lost if not returned within two months of the due date. The borrower will then be charged the full replacement cost plus a $25.00 processing fee.
  • Materials can be dropped off after hours in the bookdrop located directly next to the main entrance of the Library on the first floor of the Bunting Center.

Contacting the Decker Library

Circulation Desk: (410) 225-2272
Circulation E-mail:
Reference Desk: (410) 225-2273
Reference E-mail:
Library Director: (410) 225-2311
FAX: (410) 225-2316