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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.

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 (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 Collaboration Room

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 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).

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.

  • Spotlight! Symposium: Dr. Kate Drabinski

    Date: Friday September 30th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Imagining Otherwise: Strategies for Teaching and Learning Abolition The logics of crime and punishment are so deeply embedded for most of us that it is hard to think of any alternatives....

  • Stepping up your Research Game: Searching Strategically

    Date: Wednesday October 5th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Do you want to maximize your research time? Do you want a better sense of direction in your search for relevant sources? You can adapt strategies from this workshop to find needed sources in...

  • Spotlight! Symposium: Glennor Shirley

    Date: Monday October 10th at 12:00pm

    Summary: In this presentation, we will discuss the alarmingly high rate of incarceration in the United States and in Maryland, as well as racial discrimination resulting in incarceration. Next, we’ll dive...

  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

    Date: Wednesday October 12th 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...

  • Research & Publication: STEM Faculty Panel Perspective

    Date: Monday October 17th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Publishing your work is considered one of the primary pillars of a research project. Graduate students are often haunted by policies and recommendations to publish several papers as part of their...

  • Spotlight! Symposium: Kevin Muhitch

    Date: Wednesday October 19th at 12:00pm

    Summary: No Prospect for Relief: Community Activism and the Politics of Prison Siting in Maryland, 1970-1987 This talk examines community struggles against the expansion of Maryland’s prison system in...

  • Spotlight! Symposium: Elaine MacDougall

    Date: Wednesday October 26th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Exploring the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program for Baltimore Area College Students, Inside and Out During June of 2022, I took part in Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program Training, which is a...

  • Spotlight! Symposium: Yanet Amanuel

    Date: Friday October 28th at 12:00pm

    Summary: People Over Profit: What it will take to end the war on marijuana and achieve police accountability The discussion will focus on the intersection of the war on drugs, mass incarceration, and...

  • Spotlight! Symposium: Lawrence Grandpre

    Date: Wednesday November 2nd at 12:00pm

    Summary: Drug Decriminalization from a Reparations Perspective 2021 had the highest rate of death by overdose in American history, with over 100,000 Americans dead. In opposition to the "Just Say No"...

  • How to Cite Sources for your Research & Writing

    Date: Wednesday November 2nd at 4:00pm

    Summary: Do you have questions about how to cite and incorporate sources in your writing assignments? Avoid accidental plagiarism by learning how to properly cite your sources and show your skill as an...

Library News

  • Library Services Technician
    Job no: 493901
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus

    Position Overview: The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused individual who is able to work professionally with diverse individuals to join our team. The selected candidate will work in the Circulation Department under general supervision.

    As a member of the staff, the Library Services Technician will engage in customer service duties that support the teaching and research needs of our users.

    Responsibilities: Specific tasks include assisting patrons at the shared service desk, stacks maintenance, managing the assignment of study rooms and lockers, monitoring the building for security matters, opening or closing the building as needed, and providing training and directions to library student assistants.        

    The candidate will perform library services efficiently, serving library users courteously, promptly, and in accordance with the Public Services Division's values of approachability, cooperation, diversity and inclusion, professionalism, and excellent quality of work.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:  

    • High School Diploma or GED

    • Two years of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, and experience working in a team environment. 

    •  Ability to work independently and exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures, and instructions.

    • Ability to work professionally with diverse individuals

    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

    Note: Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work 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: 

    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft or Google Suite applications (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar).

    • Experience using an Integrated Library System 

    • Experience working with or serving college-age populations 

    • Knowledge and familiarity with classification systems used in libraries 

    In addition to a resume, upload a statement discussing your knowledge of the nature and functions of libraries, working in a team-based environment, and interacting with diverse populations. Individuals who progress in the search will be asked to provide contact information of a supervisor and other personal or professional references. 

    This is a full-time position Tuesday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    To apply for this position and to learn more, please visit the UMBC Jobs site

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  • Accounting Associate
    Job no: 493903
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Position Overview: Under the direct supervision of the Business Service Specialist, the Accounting Associate will be responsible for performing accounting clerical tasks for both the Library and the Gallery as separate departments. 

    UMBC offers competitive compensation.  This role starts at $39,232 and has 11 days of vacation as well as winter break, spring break, and personal days for regular full time roles.  Tuition remission is also available. 

    What is it like to work at UMBC?  Check out Glassdoor or Indeed. And read about our recent award, UMBC is a 2021 Great College to Work for…. In every category.


    Specific duties and responsibilities include:

    • Prepare cash receipt documentation for daily deposit.

    • Process invoices in UMBC PAW for Library Serials and Monographs daily.

    • Back up to Business Service Specialist with transactions recorded in Aleph.

    • Staff will process requisitions, contracts, and payment requests for all Library Departments.

    • Process payment using the UMBC purchasing card while maintaining backup documentation.

    • Process all Library supply orders using the purchasing card or PAW system.

    • Complete reconciliation for Library Revolving and Library Gallery transactions.

    • Monitoring transactions and budget for accuracy.

    • Serve as a P-Card reallocator to the Gallery staff.

    • Shipping and receiving postage using UPS world-ship for Library departments.

    • Will supervise Student Assistant and Accounting Clerk.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:  

    • High School Diploma

    • 4 Years of Accounting Clerical Experience

    • Must be skilled in performing mathematical computations, operating a calculator and utilizing analytical techniques to reconcile financial data.

    • Thorough knowledge of bookkeeping principles, mathematical methods and techniques and accounting standards.

    • The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently with little supervision

    Note: Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work 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.

    In addition to a resume, please upload a cover letter and three professional references. For best consideration, submit your application before October 14, 2022.

    To apply and learn more about this position, please visit the UMBC Jobs site

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  • Visit the Digital Media Lab!
    We've got DSLR cameras, camcorders, microphones, tripods, and more! Bring your UMBC card to the 2nd floor of the library and borrow equipment for seven days for FREE.

    New this semester: a green-screen wall!

    Find info about our policies, equipment availability, and recording spaces at

    Here's a complete list of equipment you could take home:

    • Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Cameras
    • Canon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
    • Canon Rebel T7i DSLR Cameras
    • Canon Rebel T7 DSLR Cameras
    • Nikon D3000 DSLR Cameras
    • Canon VIXIA R800 Camcorders
    • GoPro HERO4 Silver Cameras

    • Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripods
    • Joby Phone Mounts
    • Vello ActionPan Stabilizing Grips
    • Joby GorillaPods
    • Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Mounts

    • Zoom H4n Recorders
    • Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphones
    • Movo PM10 Lavalier Microphones
    • Rode VideoMic GO Shotgun Microphones
    • Tascam DR-10L Recorders with Lavalier Microphone

    • Bescor LED144 Studio Light Kit
    • Additional 32GB SD Cards

    • Aaxa P300 Mini Projectors
    • Portable USB Conference Microphones
    • Transcription Foot Pedals
    • Portable DVD Player/Writers
    • Digital Voice Recorders

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  • Associate Director of Public Services
    Job no: 493832
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County seeks an experienced and innovative manager to become a key member of the Library Executive Team and to provide future vision, oversight, leadership and strategic direction for the library's public services.

    This permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II reports to the Library Director. The Associate Director is the head of Public Services and provides leadership and strategic visioning for the departments of Reference Services, Circulation Media Services, Interlibrary Loan, and Special Collections and Archives and the Library Gallery at UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. 

    Specific duties include:

    • Develop, set and assess the strategic direction for Circulation Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
    • Ensure that goals and strategic direction align with the Library's Strategic Plan;
    • Lead departmental managers who are responsible for Circulation Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
    • Participate in library planning in collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors;
    • Serve on library-wide, university and university system committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council; and
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program required.
    • Five years' professional experience with progressive responsibility, including a minimum of three years' experience managing and developing staff in an academic library, particularly in public services areas.
    • Proven knowledge of current and emerging trends, principles, procedures, and best practices related to at least three of the public services areas: circulation, course reserves, resource sharing (Interlibrary Loan), information services (reference), and stacks management.
    • A record of successful collaborative work in a complex environment, such as a consortium or multi-type library.
    • Proven leadership and management skills.
    • Proven experience working in a collaborative team environment.
    • Demonstrated commitment to high quality user service.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and person-ably both verbally and in writing.
    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience working with Ex Libris products.
    • Experience working directly in one (or more) of the public services departments: Reference, Interlibrary Loan, Circulation/Media, and Special Collections & Library Gallery.
    • Experience managing change in an academic library.
    Questions: For questions about the position, contact or at (410) 455-2356 Screening of Applications will be accepted 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 II. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $95,000. 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 -

    To read more about this position, and to apply, please visit the posting on the UMBC jobs site.

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  • Sci Fi Author's Collection now processed!

    This post is written by Special Collections Graduate Assistant Nikki Vietz, who recently finished processing the papers of prolific sci fi/fantasy author Lawrence Watt-Evans. Nikki, along with previous interns and student assistants, did a great job with this large collection of manuscripts, convention materials, correspondence, and more!

    Do you believe that anyone can write a book? The highly acclaimed science fiction and fantasy writer, Lawrence Watt-Evans believes that all you need is a good idea, a keyboard, and some writing skills. According to him “there is no idea so stupid or hackneyed that a sufficiently-talented writer can’t get a good story out of it.” Whether you believe this or not, Lawrence Watt-Evans has recently donated a large amount of his manuscripts, proofs, science-fiction convention memorabilia, and other miscellaneous materials to UMBC’s Special Collections.

    Born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts, Lawrence Watt-Evans has been a full-time writer and editor for more than twenty years. His first attempt at writing science-fiction occurred at the young age of eight and after surviving twelve years of school, he followed in the footsteps of father and grandfather and attended Princeton University. Watt-Evans never finished his degree and in 1980, he published his first novel The Lure of the Basilisk with Del Rey Books. He went on to write three sequels and the highly popular Ethshar fantasy series, which was initially created for role-playing games. 

    A prolific author with an immense imagination, Watt-Evans’s other fantasy work includes the short novel The Rebirth of Wonder and the collaboration with Esther Friesner, another acclaimed fantasy writer, entitled Split Heirs. Along with fantasy, Watt-Evans has written one horror novel, The Nightmare People, and several science fiction novels, including two Star Trek novels, The Cyborg and the Sorcerers, and his Three World Trilogy: Out of This World, In the Empire of Shadow, and The Reign of the Brown Magician. He also edited and compiled an anthology about contemporary and futuristic New York called Newer York, which includes twenty-four stories from various authors including Susan Shwartz, Mike Resnick, and Esther Friesner. 

    However, Watt-Evans’s imagination and talents extend beyond the genres of fantasy, science-fiction, and horror. His personal favorite is his story Nightside City about a 24th century detective. Alongside more than a dozen novels and over one hundred short stories written under the name Lawrence Watt-Evans and his pseudonym Nathan Archer, Watt-Evans work also ventures into the realm of DC and Marvel graphic novels and comics.

    His novels have been translated into seven languages and have been enjoyed worldwide. In 1987, he was nominated for a Nebula award and one year later, in 1988, he received the Hugo award for best short story from the World Science Fiction Society for “Why I Left Harry’s All-Night Hamburgers” which was first published in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. The story is about a young man, who works at a greasy spoon diner near Sutton, West Virginia that acts as a popular hang-out for travelers from alternate Earths. After hearing about these far-off wonders, the young man decides to travel through the multiverse himself.

    Watt-Evans also served as the president of the Horror Writers Association for two years from 1994-1996 and was the co-owner of the horror magazine Deathrealm with Terry Rossiobefore it ceased publication in 1997. The magazine won the International Horror Critics Guild Award in 1995 for best horror magazine, which was awarded at the 1996 World Horror Convention. And, according to Lawrence Watt-Evans, Deathrealm #27was banned in Canada for “disturbing” cover art. 

    His donation and gift will contribute significantly to UMBC’s growing collection of science fiction and fantasy literature. For more information, see the Lawrence Watt-Evans papers collection finding aid or contact Special Collections.

    Thanks, Nikki!

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