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You will need your UMBC ID for swipe access to the building. We will re-open more fully at the beginning of the Spring Semester on January 31, 2022.

Please see the hours section below.

Please make an appointment to use a study space, to visit Special Collections, and for Curbside Pick-Up.

Places to Study

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

Virtual Study Room

Virtual Study Space

With AOK Library's Virtual Study Room (VSR), you can work alongside your fellow Retrievers for a focused study environment.

The VSR is a Discord server that is available 24/7. Join here:
Find more information about getting started on Discord.
For more information, including hours when student support is available:

Virtual Study Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Reservable

Table and whiteboard in a Study Room

Group Study Rooms

These 16 rooms are available to any UMBC faculty, students, or staff. You can reserve one ahead up to five days in advance. Reservations are limited to 3 hours per person or group each day. Book yours today!

Group Study, Conversation Allowed, Whiteboards, Computers, Reservable

Table with seating for one in a Study Room

Individual Study Rooms

These 6 rooms are available to any UMBC faculty, students, or staff. You can reserve one ahead up to five days in advance. Reservations are limited to 3 hours per person each day. Book yours today!

Individual Study, Conversation Allowed, Quiet, Reservable

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

Door of Lactation Room

Lactation Room (755)

The Library is pleased to offer a Lactation Room for its users who need a private space to express breast milk. The room includes a table, two chairs, an outlet and power strip, and sanitizing wipes. It is located close to the restrooms on the 7th floor. It may be reserved for up to one hour, up to 5 days in advance. A key is also available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Check Out Desk on the Library's first floor. Reserve the Lactation Room for periods up to 1 hour.

Reservable, Quiet, Individual Study, Specialty

Open study room doors

Open Study Rooms

These 12 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. Reserve the Presentation Practice Room. Reservations are not required but do take precedence over walk-up appointments. You can check out the key at the Check Out desk.

Availability: Presentation Practice Room

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

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 is designed for groups to view films. It 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 Check Out desk.

Reservable, Conversation Allowed, Presentation Space

Doors and windows of faculty study rooms

Faculty Study Rooms

These 32 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 Check Out desk to access Room 455. It is 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


The entry hall of the library is a vibrant social and conversation space. It 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 Check Out 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.


Table and screen in the Simmons Collaboration Room

Simmons Collaboration Room (368)

This room is available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff. It contains a small conference table and a smart TV with Chromecast, which allows a laptop, tablet or smartphone to stream content to the screen. Reserve this room for your group of 3-7 people for periods up to 3 hours. You can find instructions for how to use Chromecast here (Note: the Chromecast device is already connected to the Simmons room screen).

Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Reservable

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Printing in the Library

Where can I print?

  • You can print from any of our computers.
  • 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 add cash at the Campus Information Center (Commons) or Student Business Services (Admin).
  • Guest card
  • Purchase with a credit card at the Check Out Desk on the 1st floor for $5 (gives you $5 for printing).

Equipment Loan

Did you know that the Library loans laptops and a variety of audio and video equipment? Laptops are available at the Check Out Desk. For everything else, head up to the Digital Media Lab (DML) on the 2nd floor - all equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Full descriptions of the available equipment and instruction manuals are available on the DML homepage. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies and Laptop Loan Policies pages for detailed information about the program.

At the Check Out Desk:

Picture of Dell Laptop Dell LATITUDE E6440
Laptop (7 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 13"
Laptop (7 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook
(7 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook II
(4 Hours)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.

In the Digital Media Lab:

The Digital Media Lab has a variety of A/V equipment for use and checkout. Click here to see what's available.

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Upcoming Events

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

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Library News

  • Information Technology Librarian
    Job no: 493404
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library


    As part of the Library and Information Technology Services division, the IT Librarian manages the daily operations of IT support and AV services in the Library & Gallery. This position also works closely with the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) on the management of the Library’s public computing and AV resources. Manages and maintains local servers including backup and recovery. Works with DoIT to implement and manage suitable cloud-based storage and backup options. Administers and maintains library applications including, but not limited to, ILLiad, CONTENTdm, Connexion, Ares, and Aleph. The IT Librarian ensures efficient management of and response to bugs and suggestions through effective use of the issue tracking system ‘RT’.

    This position makes recommendations on upgrades, repairs, replacements, retention, and adoption of new technologies based on equipment life cycles, usage, user needs, and technology trends. Engages and works collaboratively with faculty, students, and staff both inside and outside the Library & Gallery to ensure technology solutions are effective and equitable including selection and implementation of assistive and accessible technologies. Demonstrates ability to work effectively in a diverse environment and a commitment to providing equitable and inclusive service.

    Contributes to the planning, implementation, and management of a makerspace in the library.

    Assists with the technology planning and implementation for local digitization projects and participates in developing and implementing the Library & Gallery’s digital preservation strategy.

    Supports efficient use of technology for employees in the Library & Gallery including through development and delivery of training on technology-related best practices on topics such as document management and use of cloud systems. Participates as the IT expert on library committees and working groups as appropriate.

    Trains and supervises LITS staff, and develops and documents procedures.

    Other duties as assigned.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    Requires a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school or information science program. 

    • Demonstrated working knowledge of computer workstations, networking, and computer security.
    • Demonstrated working knowledge of information technology principles, processes, systems and standards, including operating systems, systems security, wireless networking, and digital initiatives and emerging web technologies.
    • Experience leading projects or implementing new technologies, preferably in an academic library environment.
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a diverse and inclusive environment.
    • Knowledge of project management principles and practices.
    • Knowledge of web client and server applications, databases, and web programming environments.
    • Knowledge of system administration and network administration.
    • Knowledge or experience working with integrated library systems and the application of technology to enhance effectiveness in library operations.
    • Knowledge of technology trends, standards, information technology best practices, and issues in academic libraries
    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Background in computer science or related field.
    • Demonstrated knowledge or working experience with database and software design, and cybersecurity.
    • Experience working with digital repositories or working to develop projects that support locally digitized scholarly content.
    • Supervisory experience.
    • Experience with Ex Libris products.
    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Review of application materials will begin January 31, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.


    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese (

    For questions about the position, contact Carolyn Sheffield (

    Salary & Benefits:

    This position is a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $63,000. Comprehensive benefits.

    The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook -

    Read more and apply.

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  • Gallery Assistant/General Assistant

    Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is seeking a short-term Gallery Assistant/General Assistant to assist with the installation and coordination of spring exhibitions for the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery. 

    Reporting to the AOK Library Gallery’s Curator of Exhibitions, the Gallery Assistant/General Assistant will be a critical member of a collaborative team who assists exhibitions staff in producing the AOK Library Gallery’s exhibition program within the allotted budget, space, and time. The Gallery Assistant/General Assistant is responsible for technical aspects of museum-quality art handling including mounting, matting, framing, preservation, receiving, shipping, packing, and storage, and participates in exhibition planning, working to ensure the smooth operation of installations and management during the run of an exhibition.

    Responsibilities: Duties may include:
    • Installation of artworks and design elements for all AOK Library Gallery exhibitions
    • Matting, framing, and mounting of artwork for exhibitions and loans
    • Prepare and fabricate exhibition furniture, platforms, displays, labels, wall texts, and exhibition design elements
    • Assist with the lighting of artwork and Gallery spaces
    • A/V management and installation
    • Painting galleries and exhibition furniture
    • Fabricate hanging and mounting systems for works of art
    Required Minimum Qualifications: 
    • Bachelor’s Degree is required. Related experience at the substitution rate of 30 college credits to one year of experience is also allowed.  
    • One year of experience (two or more preferred) directly related to the primary duties of this position
    • Demonstrated art handling experience
    • Experience with and understanding of best museum practices in art handling and installation
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines, and implement creative problem-solving skills
    • Ability to work in a diverse environment and with a diverse range of colleagues, stakeholders, and visitors 
    • Strong interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to maintain composure under pressure
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Basic computer office skills-Excel, Word, Gmail and Google Calendar/Drive
    Preferred Qualifications: 
    • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
    • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary
    • Interest in/ experience working with and handling photographs; interest in/ experience working with Contemporary artists
    • Demonstrated experience with carpentry and construction techniques
    • Demonstrated experience with audio/visual installation
    Please upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. Review of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Hourly rate commensurate with qualifications and experience.  This is a Full-time, Temporary, Contingent I position with a six-month contract. 

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  • Library Services Supervisor
    Job no: 493556
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    Responsibilities: The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is seeking a customer-focused individual with supervisory experience to join our team. The selected candidate will supervise staff and student assistants who work during the evening hours in the Circulation department of the library.

    The incumbent ensures that library services are performed safely and efficiently, and library users are served courteously, promptly and in accordance with the Public Services Division’s values of approachability, cooperation, diversity and inclusion, professionalism and excellent quality of work. In addition to general supervision of the attendants who staff the service desk and perform circulation transactions during evening hours, the incumbent also oversees resource sharing activities for the department, ensuring that patrons' requests are processed daily. Communicates with libraries in the consortium for issues related to requests fulfillment, missing packages or materials and statistics related to courier services. As a member of the Circulation department’s leadership team, works with other supervisors and the department head on for strategic priorities, supervision and training goals, student scheduling, professional development, guidelines and procedures for the department at large.

    Required Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s Degree is required
    • Three years of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position, with at least one year in a lead or supervisory capacity
    • Ability to work independently and exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures and instructions
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
    • Demonstrated skill in problem solving and handling difficult situations or patron interactions
    • Demonstrated skill in planning and coordinating work
    • Demonstrated skill in motivating and training staff and/or student employees
    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Google Suite applications (e.g., Mail, Calendar)

    Note:  Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:  Experience working in a library and with a traditional age college population

    Special Instructions to Applicants: For best consideration please upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. 

    Closing Date: December 31, 2021

    Salary: Pay Range 12 (starting at $46,295) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours: This is a full-time position from Sunday through Thursday with an evening schedule (2:00 PM to 10:30 PM – Schedule subject to change, based on changes in library hours).

    Type: Regular

    FLSA Status: Nonexempt 

    Benefits: UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities.  Contingent II positions may include some benefits

    Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

    To read more and apply, please visit:

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  • Sage Skills: Business Trial
    UMBC now has trial access to the database Sage Skills: Business. The database includes five modules:

    Data Analytics
    Organizational Communication

    There is a self-assessment test in each module to gauge where you should begin the process, video and text real-world examples, interviews with professionals and academics and suggestions for further reading. 

    The trial runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, 2021 and will be available both on- and off-campus. 

    Feedback is appreciated, please use the comments option or contact Jasmine Shumaker at

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  • Update on DML Services
    The Digital Media Lab is excited to reopen on Monday, August 30, 2021. Our services will look a little different because of the pandemic, so here is a brief rundown of what to expect.

    • We are only open on weekdays from 12 to 4 PM
    • The Whisper Room is unavailable until further notice
    • The A/V Room has a limited capacity of two (2) people
      • Individuals may use this room to record audio in lieu of the booth
    • Three Mac computers and a flatbed scanner will be available
    We have limited the maximum capacity in the DML to seven (7) people, including the desk attendant, to encourage social distancing. Please space yourselves if you are waiting to check out equipment and do not crowd into the room. We encourage everyone to visit our website for details about available equipment before visiting. Remember that you must present your UMBC card in order to borrow anything.

    Our room reservation system is again active and you can reserve the A/V Room for up to two hours per day (link).

    We look forward to a successful fall semester despite these changes. If you have any questions, please contact us at

    Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

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