Urban Studies & Planning (URSP) students have access to a number of resources in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and in the University. Our facilities are located in three neighboring buildings on the College Park campus. The Architecture Building contains faculty member and administrative support offices, a library, a visual resources room and two computer centers. Preinkert Hall contains offices for faculty and students working with the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. Caroline Hall contains lockers, mailboxes for each MCP and Ph.D. student, a lounge, a computer center and office spaces for graduate research assistants.
The University of Maryland has eight libraries, including the three most frequently utilized by planning students: Architecture, McKeldin and Hornbake. The Architecture Library holds 65,000 titles and 9,500 volumes of bound periodicals related to architecture, planning and preservation. McKeldin is the largest library on campus. Hornbake houses the Maryland Room, which contains important Maryland planning documents along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library.
Other resources available to our students to assist in professional development are the continuing education courses offered by our program; the program’s Technical Advisory Committee, whose members advise the faculty on trends in the profession and advise us on our curriculum; the University of Maryland Career Center in Hornbake Library; the Counseling Center in the Shoemaker Building; the American Planning Association (which offers student memberships); and the Shriver Peaceworker Program, a resource for Peace Corps veterans.