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Fall Semester Hours Summary

August 30 - December 8, 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:
Monday, September 5 (Labor Day): CLOSED
Wednesday, November 23: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving): CLOSED
Friday, November 25: CLOSED
Saturday, November 26: CLOSED


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

Fall Exam / Winter Break Hours Summary

December 9 - December 23, 2016
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 2:00 a.m.

Exceptions:
Wednesday, December 21: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 22: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, December 23: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


December 24, 2016 - January 2, 2017
Monday - Sunday: 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 (140)

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 17 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. Book time in the Whisper Room or Audio/Video Recording Room here. 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. Reserve the Screening Room. Reservations are not required but do take precedence over walk-up appointments. You can check out the key at the Circulation desk.

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 sign - 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 can print from any laptop or mobile device using Pharos MobilePrint.
  • 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

Note: Laptops are now located at the Circulation Desk.

Did you know that the Library now loans laptops and a variety of audio and video equipment? Laptops are available at the Circulation Desk. For everything else, head up to the Digital Media Lab on the 2nd floor - equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies and Laptop Loan Policies pages 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 Rebel T5i DSLR CameraCanon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) 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 T5i kit also features a durable camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, infrared shutter remote, necessary cords/cables, and an instruction manual.

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

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 Aaxa P300 Pico ProjectorAaxa P300 Pico 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 (Aaxa P300 Pico--HDMI connection)


Upcoming Events

 Other events scheduled in the Library can be found on the full Events page.

  • Closing exhibit reception and book signing

    Date: Thursday December 8th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Join us for a final look at the Library's 50th anniversary exhibition! UMBC Bookstore staff will be selling copies of the anniversary catalog ($15) and Improbable Excellence: The Saga of UMBC by...



Library News

  • Struggling to keep up with the news?
    Did you know that you can read major newspapers for free online using the Library's databases?

    Keep informed by bookmarking or using a feed-reader app (like Feedly) to access:

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  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism - Database Trial
    UMBC now has online access to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. 

    The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism brings together a wealth of interdisciplinary content about the Modernist period. Content is fully cross-referenced and covers eight key subject areas: Literature, Architecture, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, Film, and Intellectual Currents.

    Trial access is available on campus; off-campus users must the the VPN.

    The trial runs through November 19, 2016. Feedback on the usefulness of this resources is appreciated. 

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  • Brian V. Jones photographs, Special Collections highlight
    The Special Collections at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is very pleased to announce that our Brian V. Jones photographs have been described and the finding aid* is now available online!  

    Brian V. Jones is a local documentary style photographer, born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1952. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a Master’s degree from Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been a professor of photography since the late 1980s and his photographs are in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, Colgate University, and in numerous private collections. Since 1980, he has focused on diverse large scale projects. He currently serves as Professor of Photography and Coordinator of the Media Arts & Technologies Dept. at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD.

    This collection consists of 165 gelatin silver prints (black-and-white) and chromogenic color prints by photographer Brian V. Jones and is comprised of three series**: Series I:  Street Scenes; Series II:  African American Churches in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., 1981-1989; and Series III:  Connecticut Avenue Series. The Brian V. Jones photographs have also been added to our Researching African-American Photographers research guide.

    Come check out the rest of Brian Jones’s photographs and see a slice of life from the DMV in the 1980's -1990s -- available at Special Collections!

    Below is a sampling from this collection:
    From Series I we have Crowd at DuPont Circle fountain (Box 1, item P2010-25-019) and Park benches and bird on water fountain (Box 8, item P2010-25-155).


    From Series II there is Shiloh Baptist Church (Box 2, item P2010-25-040) and St. Paul’s Community Church (P2010-25-047).


    From Series III we have Anchorage (Box 6, item P2010-25-126) and Saw Player (Box7, item P2010-25-140)


    There are currently plans underway to digitize the entire collection. Any students interested in interning on this project should contact Special Collections.

    * A finding aid is a description of materials that  assists users to gain access to and understand the materials.  They provide context about the collection and consolidate information about the collection, often including administrative history or biographical note of the creator; scope of the collection, including size, subjects, media; organization and arrangement; and a container list with box, folder, and sometimes item listing.

    ** A series is a mid-level organizational concept used by archivists to organize a collection.  In general, items in archives, and here in Special Collections, are organized by collection, series, box, folder, and finally item. However, this is highly dependent upon the size of a collection; some collections consist of a single box, others span many boxes such as the Brian V. Jones photographs which are housed in 8 boxes (and take up 10.25 linear feet!). Linear feet is a measurement used by archives to estimate the amount of space a collection will take up, the Brian V. Jones photographs use over ten feet of shelf space. To learn more about primary sources and how to use them check out: http://www.lib.umd.edu/special/research/

    This post was written by Austin Kibler, an intern at Special Collections during the summer of 2016.  Thanks, Austin!

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  • Library Book Sale Canceled
    Due to flooding in the Library, this month's Book Sale has been canceled.

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  • Eighteenth Century Journals Portal - Database Trial
    UMBC now has trial access to the Eighteenth Century Journals Portal from Adam Matthew.

    Bringing together rare journals printed between c.1685 and 1835, this resource illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life. Topics covered are wide-ranging and include colonial life, provincial and rural affairs, the French and American revolutions, reviews of literature and fashion throughout Europe, political debates, and London coffee house gossip and discussion.

    Trials are available on campus, off-campus users must use the VPN

    The trial runs through October 25th. Feedback on the usefulness of this
    database is appreciated. Leave us a comment to let us know what you 
    think.

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