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Fall Semester Hours Summary

August 29 - December 6, 2018
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

Sunday, September 2: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 3 (Labor Day): CLOSED
Wednesday, November 21: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving): CLOSED
Friday, November 23: CLOSED
Saturday, November 24: 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:

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

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 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


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.


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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 $1 for printing) on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine

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.

Software loaded on the laptops is listed here. 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 10 available
Picture of MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 13" Laptop 10 available

In the Digital Media Lab:

Picture of Canon Rebel Camera Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera 8 available
Picture of Canon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera Canon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera 8 available
Picture of Nikon D3000 Digital Camera Nikon D3000 Digital Camera 5 available
Picture of Canon Vixia Camcorder Canon VIXIA HD Camcorder 5 available
Picture of GoPro HERO4 Silver GoPro HERO4 Silver 2 available
Picture of Manfrotto Tripod Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripod 3 available
Picture of Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Mount Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Mount 2 available
Picture of JOBY GripTight Phone Mount JOBY GripTight Phone Mount 3 available
Picture of Zoom Recorder ZOOM H4n Recorder 2 available
Sony Lavalier Microphone Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphone 5 available
Polsen Wireless Microphone Polsen Wireless Microphone System 8 available
Picture of SanDisk Memory Card EXtra SanDisk Ultra 32GB SD Card 5 available
Picture of Samsung DVD Player/Writer Samsung Portable DVD Player/Writer 5 available
Picture of Aaxa P300 Pico Projector Aaxa P300 Pico Projectors 2 available

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Upcoming Events

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

  • Workshop: Conducting a Literature Review

    Date: Tuesday September 25th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? 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...

  • "Speak[ing] Out for Banned Books" student panel discussion

    Date: Wednesday September 26th at 12:00pm

    Summary: "Speak[ing] Out for Banned Books": Countering Censorship and the Silencing of Stories in the 21st Century Banned Books Week aims to highlight the ramifications of censorship while also...

  • Workshop: Conducting a Literature Review

    Date: Wednesday October 3rd at 4:00pm

    Summary: Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? 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...

  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Workshop

    Date: Wednesday October 10th 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...

  • Workshop: Effective Posters Workshop

    Date: Wednesday October 17th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Posters are widely used in the academic community, and most conferences include poster presentations in their program. Research posters summarize information or research concisely and attractively...

  • Workshop:The Dos and Don’ts in Health Literacy

    Date: Friday October 19th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Why would googling your health symptoms be the worst thing you could do? Come and learn the dos and don’ts in searching online for medical/health information in this joint collaborative workshop...

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

    Date: Monday October 22nd 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...

  • ScholarWorks@UMBC Training

    Date: Wednesday October 24th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Brown Bag during training session from 12-1, optional workshop with examples and discussion from 1-2. Interested in finding out how to search for your department’s thesis or dissertations or your...

  • Copyright Brown Bag

    Date: Monday October 29th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Have questions about copyright? Learn all about copyright and how it relates to your teaching and research. This workshop will cover the basics of copyright law, the public domain, Creative...

  • EndNote Basic Workshop

    Date: Wednesday October 31st 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,...

Library News

  • Library Services Technician
    Job no: 492739
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    Department:  Library


    The incumbent will support the mission of the Circulation Department by coordinating activities related to USM-AI intercampus borrowing.  Specific duties include: satisfying book requests using a quick and efficient workflow of shipping and receiving items; using an automated system to process library transactions; performing stacks maintenance; providing support to library patrons needing assistance with library resources and equipment, printing, and basic research help; performing security duties; opening, closing and patrolling the building; applying measures to prevent theft of library materials;  performing other duties as assigned. The incumbent is expected to provide excellent customer service and contribute to departmental goals. Work Schedule is Sunday to Thursday 4:00 p.m. -12:30 a.m.  

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    Education Experience:   

    Requires a High School Diploma or GED and at least two years of experience directly related to the primary duties of the position.  

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience in customer service environment serving a diverse population, with preference given to experience in a library’s circulation or stacks department;
    Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills;
    Ability to provide guidance and instructions to student assistants and to organize work to meet conflicting demands while maintaining careful attention to detail;
    Demonstrated ability to work independently, to work cooperatively on a team, and to exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures and instructions.

    Closing Date: September 27, 2018


    Pay Range 7 (starting at $31,867) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours:Sunday to Thursday 4:00 p.m. -12:30 a.m. 


    FLSA Status:Nonexempt 

     Equal Opportunity Statement:

    UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Work Authorization 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.
    Advertised: 27 Aug 2018 09:00 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: 27 Sep 2018

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  • Did your professor say something about Course Reserves?
    Course Reserves are course-related materials made available, either electronically or physically, through the UMBC Library. Items that may be on reserve for a class include: books, videos, textbooks, articles, and book chapters.  While an item is on course reserve its loan period is shortened, usually to three hours, so that it can be accessed by a greater number of students throughout the semester.

    You can check whether your professor has put anything on reserve by going to

    Note: The library does not normally purchase textbooks.  Many of our reserves are personal copies provided by generous faculty members!  Others are purchased at the request of faculty members.

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  • Too many books in your backpack?
    If you’ve got too much to carry, consider stashing some of your books in a locker!  The AOK Library has lockers that can be checked out on a daily or semester-ly basis (for free!).

    Daily lockers are available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff for a 24 hour period. Stop at the Check Out desk to pick up a key.  

    Semester lockers can be reserved for an entire semester at a time (Spring or Fall). Interested UMBC students, faculty and staff, please fill out the Locker Application Form.
    Please note:
    • Materials kept in lockers and locker keys are the responsibility of the user. The library takes no responsibility for material lost, stolen or damaged while stored in lockers.
    • Food and drink may not be stored in lockers.
    • Please make sure you’ve checked out any Library books you’d like to store in your locker.

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  • Full Time - Information Technology Librarian
    Job no: 492737
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Information Technology/IT, Library

    • Oversees the daily operations of the Library Information Technology and Systems Unit and is responsible for administering and maintaining library specific applications including but not limited to, ILLiad, GIST, CONTENTdm, Connexion, Aries, and Aleph.
    • Works closely with their counterparts in the campus’s Division of Information Technology (DoIT).
    • Works collaboratively with library staff to maintain staff computers and explore the use of new and/or existing technologies.
    • Assists with the coordination and continued development of Library digitization projects.
    • Maintains the Library digital signage and room reservations systems.
    • Responsibilities may include reviewing library hardware and software needs as well as providing programming support for library services and projects.
    • Participates in Library, Campus, and USMAI committees and/or working groups.
    • Trains and supervises LITS staff and offers software training to general library staff.
    • Documents and develops procedures for the LITS unit.
    • Reports to the Associate Director, Library Information Technology Services.
    Required Minimum Qualifications:
    • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree
    • Knowledge of computer workstations and related troubleshooting, Intel/Mac operating systems and networking technology, and computer security. Knowledge of web client and server applications, databases, Web programming environments, HTML, CSS, XML, XSLT, and scripting languages.
    • Knowledge or experience working with integrated library systems and the application of technology to enhance effectiveness in library operations.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of technology trends, standards, information technology best practices, and issues in academic libraries.
    • 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. 
    • Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities.
    • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written).
    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Background in computer science or related field.
    • Experience working with digital repositories or working to develop projects that support locally digitized scholarly content.
    • Experience leading projects or implementing new technologies, preferably in an academic library environment.
    • 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.


    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Lynda Aldana (

    For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana (

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Review of application materials will begin September 14, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.  

    Salary & Benefits:

    This position is a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $60,000. 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 -



    Apply Here!

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  • Announcing ScholarWorks@UMBC, A Digital Scholarship System

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery is pleased to announce the implementation of ScholarWorks@UMBC, a system for collecting UMBC research and creative work outputs in one place to showcase what UMBC does. Academic departments and faculty have their own pages displaying a list of all full-text works included. Faculty sponsored student work exemplifying teaching and learning can also be included. Depositing research in ScholarWorks@UMBC extends dissemination of your work more widely than high-priced journals, making it available for free worldwide, increasing impact and potential citations. All content included in ScholarWorks@UMBC is issued a permanent URL and indexed by Google Scholar. ScholarWorks@UMBC will soon also include automated social media mentions to help promote your work. ScholarWorks@UMBC is part of the Maryland Share Open Access Repository (MDSOAR), a system shared by 13 Maryland colleges and universities.

    Librarian Michelle Flinchbaugh (, x56754) is available to demo the system for departments and individual faculty and assist them in getting started. The Library has made available a guide to submitting works to ScholarWorks@UMBC with information on submissions. For help with ScholarWorks@UMBC within one business day, email

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