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Intersession Hours Summary

May 22 - May 30, 2016
Monday - Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 29: CLOSED
Monday, May 30: 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. To reserve the Screening Room, please contact Library Media. Reservations are not required but do take precedence over walk-up appointments.

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


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


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.


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.


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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. Equipment loan has been suspended and will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

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)



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.

Sorry, no upcoming events

Library News

  • Full Time Job - Library Services Technician
    POSITION TITLE: Library Services Technician (Job # 024)

    PERSONNEL STATUS: Nonexempt, Full-time, Regular
    DEPARTMENT: Library
    RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will perform basic database maintenance for library collections in several databases for a variety of materials.  Specific duties include: performing basic serials copy cataloging; copying catalog, UMBC theses and dissertations in several databases such as Aleph, ContentDM, and OCLC; assisting with routine processes such as weeding and transferring materials; patron purge clean up; assisting with projects such as metadata creation for digitized collections; making decisions based on established procedures to resolve cataloging and database maintenance related problems; and performing other duties as assigned.

    Education Experience: Requires a High School Diploma or GED and at least one year of library or related clerical or public service experience. Must be detail oriented and able to follow established procedures.  Knowledge of Aleph, ContentDM, and OCLC a plus.

    SALARY: Pay Range 7 (starting at $30,177) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    APPLICATION: Applications are available for download on our website at: or by calling 410-455-2337 for an application (a cover letter and resume may be submitted in addition to the application). Interested and qualified candidates must submit a UMBC application (indicate position title and Job #024 on the application) no later than June 3, 2016 to:
    UMBC Department of Human Resources
    532 Administration Building
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, Maryland 21250

    As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.


    Please visit our website at for additional employment opportunities

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  • Archives Gold #33: 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 commencement program from UMBC's first graduation ceremony in 1970. 

    The First Commencement Exercises of the University of Maryland Baltimore County Program, June 7, 1970. UPUB C5-001 University Publications, University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    UMBC's first commencement took place June 7, 1970 at 7pm on the Quad. 152 of the total 244 students who graduated were part of the "Founding Class," the first group of students to complete four full years at UMBC. The class of 1970 was also one of the firsts to organize a senior project. Seniors collected donations from the UMBC community to start a campus fund that would assist students that needed help to pay their tuition bill. The students collected a total of $13,000 which is equivalent to $80,000 today! 

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  • Joseph Arnold papers in the Special Collections department
    As part of a continued partnership with the History department, graduate student assistant Katherine Fusick has spent this academic year working with the Joseph L. Arnold papers, Collection 111. Read on for information about her work!

    Processing of the Joseph L. Arnold papers has continued for another year! As I have worked with the collection it has continued to change and grow. When I started in the fall of 2015, Dr. Arnold’s draft manuscript of History of Baltimore, 1729-1920 was available online with introductions by Dr. Elizabeth M. Nix of the University of Baltimore providing additional context and information about scholarship on the topics that have been published since 2004. While this marks great progress for the collection and is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to research Baltimore, we want the manuscript to be a more flexible and interactive resource. In order to make this a reality, I spent my first few months in Special Collections using TEI-XML to encode the existing manuscript draft. It was an invaluable learning experience. Hopefully a new version of the the manuscript that is even more useful for researchers will be available in the upcoming years!

    Dr. Arnold’s widow, Mary Jane, has continued to be involved in the process to ensure that her husband’s work is available to future researchers. Over the year she has brought a steady flow of additional materials that I have worked to add to the existing collection. Two of the largest additions are the London materials and the teaching materials. Series IV contains bibliographic materials, full-length articles, pages of Dr. Arnold’s notes, and some lecture material on the history of London from its days as part of the Roman Empire through the end of the 20th Century. He used these sources for comparative urban history research for the Baltimore manuscript and for course material. These materials came to us with hardly any organization, so I followed in the footsteps of previous graduate assistants Auni Gelles and Shae Adams and created organization along subject categories similar to those in the Baltimore subject files found in Series III. I also added a handful of additional newspaper articles, pamphlets, chapters from books, articles, and Dr. Arnold’s hand-written notes to those existing Baltimore subject files in Series III. And Mary Jane just dropped off another couple of boxes of materials this morning, so the collection is still growing!

    Over the course of this academic year, it has been absolutely fascinating to peer into the research process of one of the UMBC History Department greats. I feel like I got to know Dr. Arnold as I worked through his papers. I was amazed by all the small clippings, book jackets, and handwritten notes he used to keep track of new sources and existing scholarship. It is so easy to imagine him constantly reading, consciously researching even in the little moments throughout his day. It has been a privilege to be a part of documenting his research and his writing process and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this wonderful labor of love.

    Thank you, Katherine!

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  • Traveling through Photographs

    Step into the Special Collections at the Albin O. Kuhn Library to view our newest exhibit, Traveling through Photographs: A Glimpse at Photo Souvenirs from 1850-1950, curated by Sidrah Shayiq. 

    Today tourists can easily snap a selfie at any moment during their travels. But before the convenience of modern cameras, most tourists had to purchase photographic proof of their travels. At first, only wealthy Westerners could afford to travel for leisure, thus they bought expensive travel albums as visual mementos of their vacations. Eventually the cheaper options of souvenir albums and postcards became available to the mainstream as keepsakes that more people could afford. 

    Venture through this collection of albumen travel albums, souvenir albums, guide books, and postcards spanning from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and United States of America. 

    Special Collections is open M-F from 1-4 until May 18th, then other times by appointment.  Please feel encouraged to make an appointment by emailing or calling 410.455.2353.  Appointments are available to anyone with a photo ID!

    This post was written by Special Collections student assistant Sidrah Shiyaq.  Thanks, Sidrah!

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  • Archives Gold #32: 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 an ID card of John Haskell Jr., the first full time faculty member and first librarian of UMBC. 

    John Haskell Jr. ID, 1966. John Haskell Papers, Coll 093, University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    In 1965, Chancellor Kuhn hired his first full-time employee--the university's first librarian, John Haskell, Jr. Haskell was only 24 at the time, coming to work straight out of graduate school and a few months of active duty in the Army Reserves. He spent many of the early months leading up to UMBC's opening ordering books, hiring new employees, and creating a catalog ordering system. 

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