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Limited areas of the library are now open to UMBC users by appointment only.
Monday–Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Please make an appointment to use a computer or study space, to visit Special Collections, to use a microfilm reader/scanner, and for Curbside Pick-Up.
More details can be found at myUMBC.

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: https://discord.com/invite/kSuUSpG7bA.
Find more information about getting started on Discord.
For more information, including hours when student support is available: https://lib.guides.umbc.edu/virtualstudyroom

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

While the library is currently closed, printing is not available.  We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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 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.

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
(7 days)
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

  • eResources & Discovery Librarian
    Job no: 493418
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library, Library

    Department: Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

    Responsibilities: The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), an Honors University in Baltimore, Maryland, invites applications for the eResources and Discovery Librarian position. This is a permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II. This position reports to the Associate Director for Technical Services and oversees the Serials Unit within the Technical Services Division. The successful candidate will have the knowledge and experience to support the Library’s serials and electronic resources collection throughout the entire lifecycle of those eResources. The eResources and Discovery Librarian will work closely with colleagues in the Library, on Campus and within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) library consortium.

    Position Responsibilities:  

    • Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Associate Director for Technical Services, oversees the daily operations of the Serials Unit within Technical Services. 

    • Oversees workflows related to managing the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources, including but not limited to knowledge and experience working with vendors; understanding various platforms in order to effectively manage access and resolve issues; and collecting and analyzing usage data.

    • Manages and maintains the Library’s discovery tool (EBSCO Discovery Service) including monitoring trends and best practices and developing efficient workflows to support eresources discoverability.

    • Oversees the work related to the database maintenance of the Library’s print serials and microfilm collections.

    • Establishes access to new electronic resources, monitors platform changes, and works to investigate, resolve and communicate access issues in a timely manner.

    • Assists with developing collection development assessment strategies related to electronic resources.

    • Participates in library, campus, consortium, and regional/national communities and organizations as appropriate.

    • Supervises 3 staff (2 directly and 1 indirectly) in serials.

    Required Minimum Qualifications: 
    • MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution.

    • Minimum of 3 years post MLS experience working with electronic resources.

    • Demonstrated experience managing and maintaining discovery services systems.

    • Demonstrated experience and understanding of best practices for managing electronic resources. 

    • Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resource industry standards, best practices, and protocols such as SUSHI, and COUNTER. 

    • Demonstrated experience with electronic resource management (ERM) systems

    • Demonstrated knowledge of managing and maintaining print serials and microfilm collections.

    • Knowledge of integrated library systems.

    • Knowledge of open URL link resolvers, preferably SFX. 

    • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment. 

    • Experience supervising staff and student assistants. 

    • Demonstrated ability to develop and document procedures.

    • Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities

    Preferred Qualifications:  
    • Experience with Ex Libris products.

    • Experience with EBSCO Discovery Services

    • Experience working with a print serials collection.

    Special Instructions to Applicants: Please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

    Questions: For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese (reeset@umbc.edu).

    For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana (laldana@umbc.edu).

    Screening of Applications Begins: Review of application materials will begin August 20, 2021 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 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 - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    Hours: Full-time; Monday to Friday with occasional weekends or late nights.

    For more information and to apply: https://listings.umbc.edu/cw/en-us/job/493418/eresources-discovery-librarian

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

    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese (reeset@umbc.edu).

    For questions about the position, contact Carolyn Sheffield (csheffield@umbc.edu).

    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 - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    Read full job description and apply here: https://listings.umbc.edu/cw/en-us/job/493404/information-technology-librarian

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  • Finals Challenge 2020
    For the end of the semester, AOK Library has put together a Finals Challenge! 

    From now through December 15, do five of the activities listed below and take a picture--either while you complete it or of your finished product. Post the photos on social media and tag the library (on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram). You can post all of them together or separately--just make sure they’re posted by the end of the day on December 15th and that we’re tagged in all of them. 

    If you do more than five activities, you’ll get an extra entry in the prize drawing for a gift from the bookstore! Winners will be announced December 16. 

    Challenge activities:
    • Take part in a RAC streaming wellness class
    • Attend a virtual performance or exhibit (some UMBC options: music and Arts at UMBC
    • Organize your study space or organize your class materials
    • Make a finals study plan- how do you plan to organize your study time? Don’t forget to include short breaks :) 
    • Share a study tip for fellow Retrievers 
    • Do a coloring page--if you don’t have one, try our Special Collections coloring book
    • Share a photo of your favorite UMBC spot
    • Take a nature break
    • Make a list of things you’re thankful for this year
    • Review your class notes one module at a time and write a brief summary of each
    • Create some study flashcards and quiz yourself 
    • Clear your head and go on a walk 
    If you have any questions, please ask. Good luck!

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  • New Digital Collection Online: George H. Seeley Photographs
    We're pleased to announce that the George H. Seeley Photographs digital collection is now available on our Digital Collections site! Enjoy these digitized glass negatives and transparencies of landscapes, nature scenes, animals, and people. Read more about Seeley below in a blog post written by UMBC alum Ben Rybczynski who as an intern in fall 2019 scanned Seeley's photographs, rehoused them into acid free four flap folders and boxes, and transcribed Seeley's notes from the original paper sleeves.  Thanks Ben!  Here's Ben's blog post about his experience with the collection:

    The importance of context is easily ignored when looking at a historic piece of art. At first glance, the photographs of George Seeley could easily be mistaken as blurry, failed images of landscapes. But once you apply context to them, it becomes clear that these out-of-focus photographs of quiet pastures and snow-covered riverbanks were major pieces in the revolution that completely changed the art world and took photography from a science to one of the most accessible art forms in history. 

    George Seeley of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was born in 1880, a time in which photography was still mostly used for family portraits and documentation of important events. Not many artists, especially not in America, saw the value of photography as an art form. Seeley attended the Massachusetts Normal School (now known as Massachusetts College of Art and Design), where he studied painting under the tutelage of Joseph DeCamp. It wasn’t long however, until Seeley was introduced to photography by F. Holland Day, and he quickly took to the new medium. In 1904, George Seeley joined the Photo-Secession, a movement led by Holland Day and Alfred Stieglitz which sought to elevate the photographer as an artist rather than a simple documentarian. Seeley, a fan of impressionism, took to the thriving pictorialist movement highlighted by the secession and continued to produce images following its tenets for many years even after it declined in popularity.

    The majority of Seeley’s images in this collection are landscape scenes of the countryside and coast. Often, these images carried the characteristic soft focus of pictorialism, paired with exposures that ranged from remarkably underexposed to almost completely blown out. That is not to say that Seeley was bad at exposing his images, as many others have perfect exposures, rather it was likely a conscious choice in order to achieve a more evocative composition. This is further supported by the medium. Film as we know it today had not been invented yet, and so all of these images were taken on small glass plates. The light-sensitive emulsion was applied directly to the glass, and then exposed the same as any other photograph. However, these were not then enlarged onto paper as they would be today. Instead, these negative transparencies were then transferred via a contact exposure to another glass plate, where the positive image could then be viewed by holding it up to a light source such as a window, or displayed through devices such as a Magic Lantern, which was an early form of a projector. These constraints meant that each image had to be thought out carefully, as there was not a lot of post-processing, and an individual exposure was considerably more expensive than it would be later on in history. This also meant that every plate that I rehoused was likely a one-of-a-kind object that Seeley himself created almost 100 years ago. Once you realize that, you start to handle them even more carefully than before.

    Working with Seeley’s images has been enlightening. Despite the fact that my personal work has been rather abstract for several years, the works of the pictorialists still seemed odd to me. It was difficult to not look at them from the perspective of a modern photographer, where it is demanded that we throw out any image that is out of focus or not properly exposed. After analyzing dozens of these images, however, I feel as though I understand the movement much better now. Often times, the images reminded me of the sort of subjects that I gravitated towards when I was first learning photography. I also came from a background of still-life painting, and so I would typically just walk through the local woods and shoot scenes not unlike Seeley’s. Upon realizing this, it became incredibly clear to me how these images are instrumental to the birth of photography as an art. 

    Almost all of Seeley’s coastal work depicts waves crashing against rocks, but paired with the soft focus, the entire image takes on a quality almost as if the photograph itself is being overcome by the rushing water. I chose this image out of the rest because it was the only one that pulled the frame back, giving it a much more picturesque quality.

    This image immediately stood out to me due to the fact that it was the only double-exposure in the entire collection. While it’s possible this was simply a happy accident, the quality of lights and darks suggests to me that Seeley was experimenting with the concept and was quite successful in this attempt.

    To me, this image is almost an optical illusion. When I first scanned it, I misidentified the bottom half as a negative of a building. It took me a moment before I realized that it was water, and that it was in fact a positive print. In my opinion, that makes this one of the best examples of pictorialism in the collection, as well as one of the most visually intriguing.

    There are not many portraits in this collection, unsurprisingly, but of the few, this is my favorite. It has a very relaxed feeling, almost as if Seeley pulled out his camera and asked the model to hold the pose he was already in.

    Thanks Ben!

    View more Digital Collections. Questions? Contact Special Collections. Check us out on Instagram too!

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  • New Black Lives Matter research guide
    As the Black Lives Matter movement continues, library employees have been reading, watching, listening, discussing, organizing, and donating. We wanted to pull together some of the things we've found meaningful or helpful as we reckon with our national legacy of anti-Black racism and the numerous ways it impacts our lives. All of the resources in this guide were suggested by library employees. It is by no means a comprehensive list, and so we look forward to hearing from all of you about the books you've read, the documentaries you've watched, the organizations you're supporting, and the conversations you're having.

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