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Spring Semester Hours Summary

January 24 - May 5, 2016
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 12:00 Midnight

Exceptions:
Sunday, March 13: CLOSED
Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 19: CLOSED



Atrium and Retriever Learning Center: always open. RLC access is by valid UMBC ID card swipe only.

Places to Study

Choose one or more to find the right space for you:




Booth, computer, and whiteboard in the Retriever Learning Center RLC

Retriever Learning Center (RLC)

The RLC is UMBC's best place for lively group study, scholarly discussion, collaboration, and academic coaching. This room features comfortable, mobile furniture so that students can design their own study spaces. Movable white boards and large monitors allow for collaboration.

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Whiteboards, 24-hour, Computers, Individual Study

Large conference table in the Retriever Learning Center Seminar Room

Richard Roberts Seminar Room

This room in the RLC is available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff. It contains a small conference table, large-screen monitor, and a projector with cables to connect to your laptop. Reserve the seminar room for your group for periods up to 2 hours.

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Reservable, 24-hour, Whiteboards, Presentation Space

Table and whiteboard in a Group Study Room

Group Study Rooms

These 10 rooms are available for a 3 hour period on a first-come, first-served basis to groups of 2 or more UMBC faculty, students, or staff. For information on obtaining and using these rooms, please visit the Group Study Room page.

Availability: Group study rooms
Study rooms with computer

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Whiteboards, Computers

Open study room doors

Open Study Rooms

These 15 rooms are left open for students to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Each room has four seats. Room numbers are listed here.

Individual Study, Conversation Allowed

Podium and screen in the Presentation Practice Room

Presentation Practice Room (257)

This room has been set up for students to practice giving presentations, speeches, etc. Bring your flash drive to plug into our one-button recording system - when you're finished, you'll have a recording of your presentation to critique. To use this room, check out the key from the Circulation Desk.

Availability: Presentation Practice Room

Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Individual Study

Digital Media Lab Mac and scanner

Digital Media Lab (DML)

The Digital Media Lab is open to all UMBC students, faculty, and staff and contains a Whisper Room, an Audio/Video Recording Room, and computer workspaces with editing software. For information on hours and available equipment, please visit the DML homepage.

Creation Space, Computers, Reservable, Group Study, Individual Study, Conversation Allowed

Rows of chairs and screen in the Screening Room

Screening Room (258)

Our Screening Room can hold up to 30 people, and features a Blu-ray/DVD player, Windows computer, HD Plasma TV, and VHS player. A minimum of 3 people is required to use the room.

Group Study, Reservable, Conversation Allowed, Computers, Presentation Space

Doors and windows of faculty study rooms

Faculty Study Rooms

These 39 rooms are available to UMBC faculty, as well as visiting and Emeritus faculty. They are assigned each semester; to apply for a room, please fill out an application form.

Individual Study, Quiet, Reservable

Workstation in an Assistive Technology Room

Assistive Technology Rooms

Ask at the Circulation desk to access Rooms 121, 122, or 455. They are equipped with Jaws screenreader software, magnifiers, and scanners. Learn more about assistive technology facilities.

Individual Study, Computers

Stairwell from first to second floor

Floors 1, 2, and 7

The first, second, and seventh floors of the AOK Library have 160 computers (both Macs and PCs) for student use, as well as printers, scanners, and photocopiers.

Individual Study, Group Study, Computers, Conversation Allowed

Study tables

Floors 3 and 4

The third and fourth floors of the AOK Library are designated Quiet areas, so please keep volume to a whisper. These floors have 22 computers (PCs) for student use.

Quiet, Individual Study, Computers

Quiet sign and book stacks on Floor 5

Floors 5 and 6

The fifth and sixth floors of the AOK Library are designated Absolute Quiet areas at all times. These floors have 32 computers (PCs) for student use.

Individual Study, Absolute Quiet, Computers

Group table and large monitor in the 2nd Floor Study Area

2nd Floor Study Area

Head up to the 2nd floor and take a left at the Serials desk - there you'll find a group study space featuring whiteboards, big tables, and large monitors with cables to connect to your laptop.

Group Study, Whiteboards, Conversation Allowed

Chair near the windows in the Library Atrium

Atrium

The entry hall of the library is a vibrant social and conversation space. It hosts a coffee shop (Pura Vida hours) and is open 24 hours a day.

Individual Study, Group Study, 24-hour, Conversation Allowed

Lockers

Daily Lockers

Daily lockers are available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff for a 24 hour period. Daily locker keys are checked out at the Circulation Desk. For more information, please visit the Locker page.

Lockers

Semester Lockers

Semester lockers are a great place for UMBC students, faculty, and staff to store their study materials. They are assigned each Fall and Spring semester; to apply for a locker, please fill out an application form. For more information, please visit the Locker page.

Reservable

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Printing in the Library

Where can I print?

  • You can print from any of our computers (except when booted as Linux).
  • You must release and pick up the print job on the 1st, 2nd, or 7th floor, or in the RLC.

How much does it cost?

  • Black and white: $0.10 per side
  • Color: $0.70 per side

How do I pay?

  • UMBC Campus ID card
  • Add more money online using a credit card or using cash on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine
  • Guest card
  • Purchase using a $1 bill (gives you $.50 for printing) on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine

Equipment Loan

Did you know that the Library now loans laptops and a variety of audio and video equipment? Head up to the Library Media desk on the 2nd floor to borrow any of the equipment - available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies page for detailed information about the program.


Video & Photography:

Picture of Canon Rebel CameraCanon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel sensor allowing it to capture beautiful, high resolution JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images and also records full-HD video at 1920x1080/30p/24p, among other frame-rate options. The T3i kit also features a top-loading camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, the necessary cords/cables and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

8 DSLR Cameras are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)


Picture of Canon Vixia Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HD Camcorder features a 3.28 megapixel censor and records full-HD 1920x1080p video directly to an SD card. The HF R400 also employs a genuine Canon HD video lens with 53x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic Image Stabilization. For easy recording and instant playback, there's a 3" touch panel LCD as well. Included in the kit is a 32GB SD card, the necessary cables/cords and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

5 HD Camcorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)


Picture of Manfrotto TripodManfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripod is designed for those times when space and weight are of primary concern. People on-the-go will appreciate this featherweight 2.54 lb five section tripod which supports up 3.31 lb and rises to a height of 5.05’ with the column extended, while breaking down to only 18” to fit easily in your bag. Leg angles can be lengthened or shortened quickly via the flip lever leg locks. The integrated quick release grip head has a large ergonomic, locking, fast-action handle a front tilt of 0° / +90°, a lateral tilt of -90° / +90° and a panning range of 360°.

3 Tripods are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Audio Recording:

Picture of Zoom Recorder

ZOOM H4n Recorder features true X/Y stereo mics with selectable recording patterns. It can record up to 4 channels of audio, with rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. XLR/TRS combo inputs let you connect a variety of gear. The recorder also features a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm output for connecting external speakers. A USB 2.0 port makes it easy to transfer files to a Mac or PC, or use the H4n as a live audio interface. It has a backlit LCD for easy control, and can operate on AA batteries, USB power, or wall power for versatility. The kit includes a 16GB SD card, batteries, the necessary cables/cords, stand adapter, windshield and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

2 ZOOM Recorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)



Laptops:

 

Picture of Dell LaptopDell LATITUDE E6440 Laptop features Windows 7 Enterprise with a 2.70 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8.0 GB of RAM. Installed on the machine are Microsoft Office 2013, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, and Adobe Acrobat DC; additional software can be accessed through the VMware Horizon Client.

5 Dell Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Picture of MacBook ProMacBook Pro 13" Laptop features OS X Yosemite with Retina Display, a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Installed on the machine are Microsoft Office 2011, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, and Adobe Acrobat DC; additional software can be accessed through the VMware Horizon Client.

5 Mac Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.



Other Available Equipment:

Picture of SanDisk Memory CardEXtra SanDisk Ultra 32GB SD Card is a Secure Digital High Capacity memory card. With 32GB of data storage capacity, the card provides ample space for photos and videos captured with your camera. It offers an SD Class 10 rating along with an Ultra High Speed Class 1 rating, featuring read speeds up to 30MB/s and write speeds of at least 10MB/s. A built-in write-protect switch prevents data from being accidentally modified, overwritten or deleted.

5 Extra SD Cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Picture of Samsung DVD Player/WriterSamsung Portable DVD Player/Writer has an exclusive A/V connection technology available in it which allows users to easily connect the TV media in the drive to the USB port to play audio-visual content. This external disc drive offers a variety of writing speeds of different types of media: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW and 8X DVD ± R, 5X DVD-RAM, 6X DVD + R Dual Layer, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer, 8X DVD + RW and 6X DVD-RW disc for burning.

5 DVD Player/Writers are available on a first-come, first-served basis


Picture of Mini ProjectorPortable Projectors are palm-sized projectors that come in at 1.4lbs and can project media up to 80 inches in size. Plug it into either a PC or use a USB drive and present slide presentations, photos and videos. For video playback, we suggest plugging the projector into a PC. The included remote allows you to control the projector from across the room (especially helpful for presentations and photo slideshows). Note: with the included cables, this projector does not connect to Apple products.

2 Portable Projectors are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Instruction Manual (BenQ Joybee GP1--no HDMI connection)

Read the Instruction Manual (Aaxa P300 Pico--HDMI connection)


Upcoming Events

 Other events scheduled in the Library can be found on the UMBC Scheduler or Room 259 Calendar.

  • Film Screening: The Loving Story

    Date: Tuesday February 9th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Presented by: The Department of Africana Studies, The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Image Source:...


  • Literature Review Workshop

    Date: Wednesday February 17th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? Come to hear what a literature review is and what its required components are. Learn how to address common writing issues, such as effective use...


  • Diversity Film Festival: School Daze

    Date: Thursday February 18th at 4:30pm

    Summary: Come celebrate Black History Month at the Library through groundbreaking movies, highlighting the stories of African–Americans in higher education. Enjoy free snacks, candy and soda! Image...


  • Film Screening: Freedom Riders

    Date: Tuesday February 23rd at 4:00pm

    Summary: Presented by: The Department of Africana Studies, The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Image Source:...


  • Friends of the Library & Gallery Book Notes

    Date: Tuesday February 23rd at 4:00pm

    Summary: Dr. Meredith Oyen from the History Department will discuss her new book: "The Diplomacy of Migration:  Transnational Lives and the Making of US-China Relations in the Cold War" (Cornell University...


  • Diversity Film Festival: Higher Learning

    Date: Thursday February 25th at 4:30pm

    Summary: Come celebrate Black History Month at the Library through groundbreaking movies highlighting the stories of African–Americans in higher education. Enjoy free snacks, candy and soda! Image...


  • Film Screening: The Abolitionists

    Date: Tuesday March 1st at 4:00pm

    Summary: Presented by: The Department of Africana Studies, The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery, and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Image Source:...


  • EndNote Basic Workshop

    Date: Monday March 7th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references,...


  • Zotero Workshop

    Date: Thursday March 10th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Zotero is a freely available citation management software that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables...


  • Literature Review Workshop

    Date: Wednesday March 23rd at 12:00pm

    Summary: Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? Come to hear what a literature review is and what its required components are. Learn how to address common writing issues, such as effective use...



Library News

  • Archives Gold #18: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th
    Special Collections continues our archival project Archives Gold: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th, a special series showcasing 50 different objects that tell the story of UMBC. This week we present two old UMBC bumper stickers. 


    Bumper Stickers. University Publications, University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    Parking has been a common complaint at UMBC since the campus was first opened in 1966. Early issues of The Retriever describe similar parking problems to what students face today: a lack of parking space, frequent parking tickets, and congested traffic. One of the most frequent complaints by students was about the limited amount of white spaces (those reserved for students) and seemingly abundant amount of yellow spaces (those reserved for faculty). By 1976, parking spaces of any kind were hard to come by, with an open letter in The Retriever stating that there were a mere 3,500 spaces available for over 6,500 cars registered. 

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  • Archives Gold #17: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th
    Special Collections continues our archival project Archives Gold: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th, a special series showcasing 50 different objects that tell the story of UMBC. This week we present the very first publication of The Retriever (then known as UMBC News) in 1966. 


    UMBC News, Volume 1, Number 1, September 19, 1966. UPUB- R4 University Publications, University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    The first issue of UMBC's student newspaper was published on September 19, 1966, the first day of classes for the new UMBC university. First known as UMBC News, the newspaper's name would later change to include the school's mascot, the Retriever, becoming known as The Retriever Weekly, and later, simply The Retriever. The first issue of UMBC's newspaper contained many of the early activities and traditions of UMBC. Articles featured such things like the history of the UMBC site, the first social event of the university (an informal dance in the cafeteria), the initiation of a Student Government Association, the search for the school's mascot, and a spotlight on the campus' new faculty. 

    Since its first issue, the UMBC newspaper has continued to publish issues each year, having only stopped once in 1970 for a short span of time due to conflicts with the SGA and difficulties with funding.


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  • Have you seen the Library's new website?
    Check it out at: library.umbc.edu!  The old site will be retired in June 2016.

    Highlights include:
    • A cleaner, less cluttered layout.
    • A new default search tool: AOK OneSearch. View books, articles, media and more in a single results list.
    • A page highlighting all of the Library's fabulous places to study
    The Library has been working hard to make our website more user-friendly.  Please tell us what you think!  Send feedback to: WebLibrarian@umbc.edu

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  • Spring 2016 Library Workshops
    Register online today!

    Literature Review Workshop
    (2 offerings)
    Wednesday, February 17, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Wednesday, March 23, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? Come to hear what a literature review is and what its required components are. Learn how to address common writing issues, such as effective use of summary and synthesis, and use of quotations. This workshop will help you to learn how to begin and advance your literature review, and how to connect your ideas to the literature in the field.

    EndNote Basic Workshop
    Monday, March 7, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references, sharing references, and accessing your references in Microsoft Word.

    Zotero Workshop
    Thursday, March 10, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Zotero is a freely available citation management software that allows you to save citation information while searching and browsing the Web. With a single click, Zotero saves citations and enables you to create customized bibliographies in standard citation styles, including MLA, Chicago and APA. This workshop will introduce some of the key functions of Zotero such as: installing Zotero, adding citations to your Zotero library, organizing and managing your citations, creating a bibliography, and using the Microsoft Word plug-in to easily insert citations from Zotero into your documents.

    How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search
    Monday, March 28, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Patent searching can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Come learn how to conduct preliminary patent searches of U.S. patents and published applications using free online resources of the USPTO and its bi-lateral partner EPO (European Patent Office).

    Creating an Academic Research Poster Workshop (2 offerings)
    Wednesday, April 13, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    Wednesday, April 20, 12-1 PM, LIB 259
    An academic research poster is a visual communication tool that allows you to present your research in a clear, concise, graphic format. Learn how to create a poster that stands out. In this workshop, learn the design principles and guidelines that will help you create an effective and aesthetically pleasing poster using PowerPoint. We’ll discuss layout, fonts, colors, graphics and more.

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  • Archives Gold #16: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th
    Special Collections continues our archival project Archives Gold: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th, a special series showcasing 50 different objects that tell the story of UMBC. This week we present a brochure from the 1995 MindFest. 


    MindFest Brochure, 1995. UPUB I1 Institutional Advancement Records, Box 8, Folder 30, University Publications, University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD)

    Between the late 1990s and the early 2000s, UMBC hosted MindFest, an annual event advertised as "a celebration of the powers of idea and information." The first MindFest, held in 1995, was created to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Albin O. Kuhn Library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours of the library, and views of the newly renovated gallery. The university continued the celebration yearly, offering various events and activities for students, their families, friends, alumni, and the surrounding Baltimore and Washington communities to participate in.

    Events of the day often included Chessfest (UMBC's Chess Team would participate in a match of chess with another university), Diplomat for a Day (visitors would participate in simulated diplomatic debates with the UMBC Model United Nations team), tours of art and photography exhibitions, musical performances, and children's activities. 

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