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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.

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 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. 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 this room, please check the calendar for availability and fill out the form. 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 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 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.

  • Library Book Sale

    Date: Tuesday October 4th at 10:00am

    Summary: Library book sales are located in the back of the Reference room. For more information contact Lidia or Kathy at 410 455-2341 or illcm@umbc.edu


  • Library Book Sale

    Date: Wednesday October 5th at 10:00am

    Summary: Library book sales are located in the back of the Reference room. For more information contact Lidia or Kathy at 410 455-2341 or illcm@umbc.edu


  • Conducting a Literature Review

    Date: Wednesday October 5th 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...


  • AOK OneSearch: An Introduction

    Date: Thursday October 6th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Have you ever wondered what OneSearch is?  What can you search in there?  How does it work? This is the workshop for you!  Come learn which Library resources are included in OneSearch, how to...


  • Zotero Workshop

    Date: Thursday October 20th 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...


  • EndNote Basic Workshop

    Date: Wednesday October 26th 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,...


  • AOK OneSearch: An Introduction

    Date: Tuesday November 1st at 12:00pm

    Summary: Have you ever wondered what OneSearch is?  What can you search in there?  How does it work? This is the workshop for you!  Come learn which Library resources are included in OneSearch, how to...


  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Workshop

    Date: Thursday November 3rd at 12:00pm

    Summary: 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...


  • Conducting a Literature Review

    Date: Wednesday November 16th 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...


  • How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search

    Date: Thursday November 17th at 12:00pm

    Summary: 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...



Library News

  • Archives Gold #50: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th
    Special Collections presents our final installation in our archival project Archives Gold: 50 Objects for UMBC's 50th, a special series showcasing 50 different objects that tell the story of UMBC. For our final week, we present the Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery exhibition book for its UMBC 50th anniversary exhibit entitled "Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50." 


    "Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50" Exhibit Book, 2016. UPUB L3-092. University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County! On September 19, 1966, students were welcomed to the new UMBC campus which consisted of only three completed buildings: Academic One, Gym 1, and Lecture Hall One, and had only eighteen areas of study available.  Fast forward to today and UMBC has over forty different academic, residential, and student life buildings and offers 48 different majors. 

    Visit the new exhibition in the Library Gallery, "Sharing the Past, Building the Future: UMBC at 50" to explore some of the many stories of the university's exciting beginning and continuing development through items selected from UMBC's University Archives, including photographs, documents, objects, books, and ephemera! 


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  • Archives Gold #49: 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 aerial photograph from 1963 of the farmland UMBC would later be built upon.  


    Aerial Photograph of UMBC Property Looking North from Arbutus, 1963. UARC 2007-02. University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    The land on which UMBC is currently built was previously owned by the Baltimore Manual Labor School and later Spring Grove Hospital. Superintendent of the labor school, Edmund Stabler, kept the school operational from 1839 to 1922 with the purpose of instructing and supporting poor and orphaned boys from Baltimore City. The boys were taught how to read and were instructed in agriculture or other useful occupations in preparation to earn a living. When Spring Grove Hospital purchased the land after a fire in 1922, they used the farmland for a patient agricultural rehabilitation program. 

    When plans began for the expansion of the University of Maryland system in the 1940s and 1950s, the state looked to the acreage near Catonsville that included the former Baltimore Manual Labor School, the current Spring Grove Hospital, and additional adjacent tracts of land. After a long process, the Board of Regents approved official plans in the early 1960s and workers began construction on the new University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

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  • Archives Gold #48: 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 t-shirt from UMBC's Election Night Extravaganza in November of 2012. 


    Election Night Extravaganza T-Shirt, November 6, 2012. Student Life Archives. Cared for by David Hoffman. University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    In 2004, UMBC's Student Government Association organized a gathering of the UMBC community to watch that year's US presidential election results, talk politics, and enjoy free food, games, and music. The SGA's goal was to make the election a community experience where UMBC students could get involved and excited about political elections while being actively involved in the UMBC community. Over 1,000 students, faculty, and staff members attended the event that would become known as UMBC's first Election Night Extravaganza. 

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  • Archives Gold #47: 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 1968 drawing of a UMBC coat of arms and corresponding letter. 


    UMBC Coat of Arms drawing, 1968. Coll 107, UMBC Historic Documents Collection, Folder 14. University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

    Three years after UMBC first opened, students and faculty expressed their interest in creating a coat of arms for the developing school. One student, Arthur L. Kahn, wrote to Chancellor Albin O. Kuhn and offered him his own design which included the Maryland coat of arms, the UMBC retriever, and the year in which UMBC was founded (see image above). In his letter to Chancellor Kuhn, Kahn expressed his belief that creating an emblem or coat of arms for UMBC would "serve as a symbol in the college community, helping to display UMBC's individuality among other U of M branches in particular." Unfortunately, UMBC never developed a coat of arms but it has had, and continues to have, official logos and seals that represent the school.  


    Letter from Arthur L. Kahn to Albin O. Kuhn, September 19, 1968. Coll 107, UMBC Historic Documents Collection, Folder 14. University Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD) 

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  • Full Time Job - Library Services Technician
    POSITION TITLE: Library Services Technician (Job # 040)

    PERSONNEL STATUS: Nonexempt, Full-time, Regular                
    DEPARTMENT: Library
                
    RESPONSIBILITIES: The incumbent will support the mission of the Circulation Department by staffing the department during the evening hours and coordinating activities related to maintaining the stacks collection.  Specific duties include: use an automated system to process library materials for users in a quick, efficient, and courteous manner; perform stacks maintenance like shelve, shift, search and shelf read the collection; provide support to library patrons needing assistance with technology/printing; apply prescribed measures to prevent theft of library materials; provide excellent customer service at the Circulation and Security desks; and perform other duties as assigned.  This position requires working Sunday to Thursday evenings including opening and closing the building on Sundays.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
    Education Experience: Requires a High School Diploma or GED and at least one year of library or related clerical or public service experience. Must have experience in customer service environment serving a diverse population, with preference given to experience in a library’s circulation or stacks department.  The successful candidate must: have highly effective communication and interpersonal skills; be able to provide guidance and instructions to student assistants and to organize work to meet conflicting demands while maintaining careful attention to detail; have demonstrated ability to work independently; be able to work cooperatively on a team, and to exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures and instructions.  Note: This position may require a background check.

    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 410-4552337 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 #040 on the application) no later than September 23, 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.

    UMBC IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER

    Please visit our website at http://hr.umbc.edu/employment/job-opportunities/ for additional employment opportunities

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