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The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery will remain closed until further notice. As the response to the Coronavirus continues, updates to library services and hours will be posted on MyUMBC and here.

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

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

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

Lockers

Daily Lockers

Daily lockers are available to UMBC students, faculty, and staff for a 24 hour period. Daily locker keys are checked out at the Check Out Desk. For more information, please visit the Locker page.

Lockers

Semester Lockers

Semester lockers are a great place for UMBC students, faculty, and staff to store their study materials. They are assigned each Fall and Spring semester; to apply for a locker, please fill out an application form. For more information, please visit the Locker page.

Reservable

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 (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.

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 (3 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 13"
Laptop (3 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook
(3 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook
(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.

  • Citing Sources: The Art of Academic Integrity

    Date: Wednesday April 1st at 12:00pm

    Summary: ALL campus events through and including April 6 have been cancelled. This event may be rescheduled. Avoid accidental plagiarism by learning how to properly cite your sources and create killer...


  • Photography as Evidence and Excuse

    Date: Wednesday April 1st at 12:00pm

    Summary: ALL campus events through and including April 6 have been cancelled. This event may be rescheduled. This artist talk will center around photography as evidence and scientific data -- and how...


  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

    Date: Wednesday April 8th 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...


  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

    Date: Wednesday April 15th 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...


  • Finding your Flow: Navigating Final Papers

    Date: Wednesday April 29th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Feeling stuck with your final paper? Bring what you’ve got so far (even if it’s just the assignment description). Let's talk about it! Want a guaranteed seat and email reminder for this...



Library News

  • Library Hours and Services
    Library hours and services are in flux due to campus planning for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Please stay tuned to MyUMBC or the Library & Gallery website for the most recent information and hours.

    All Library & Gallery events are canceled until at least April 6, per University policy. 

    For research assistance, we encourage our users to contact us via email or our Ask a Librarian chat service.
     
    Students and instructors with materials on course reserve:  some physical reserves materials may be available in our catalog as e-books, on sites that allow streaming of media items, or are accessible via the public domain. If the item is not available electronically, the Reserves (or ILL) staff, upon request, may be able to digitize assigned readings from items on Course Reserves and post to Blackboard. We are unable to reproduce content from a disc. Please allow a minimum of five business days for requests to digitize course materials. Staff will prioritize requests by the assignment due date whenever possible.

    For requests to digitize course readings, please obtain the name and number of the course and share the digital copy with the Reserves staff (reserves-group@umbc.edu).

    For inquiries regarding due dates and fines, nothing will become due from Sunday March 15th through Sunday March 22nd.  All USM libraries will be lenient with fines if campuses close post March 22nd. Note that some short-term loan items may become due whenever the owning library is open.  Patrons do need to be mindful of honoring such due dates – i.e. course reserves, and media items and equipment.

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  • Giving Day 2020
    Did you know that you can donate directly to the Library on Giving Day? Learn more at the Giving Day website, and follow us on our social media accounts where we're doing a countdown of all the things we love about AOK Library!


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  • New Equipment at the Digital Media Lab
    The Digital Media Lab (DML) has a variety of new equipment, including Canon Rebel T7i cameras, shotgun microphones, portable USB conference microphones, transcription pedals, flexible tripods, and more. Visit the DML website and click on “Equipment that can be checked out” for details, instruction manuals, and live availability updates.

    The DML is located on the 2nd floor of the UMBC Library in room 216H (near the Honors College). We are open seven days a week and provide three-day loans of A/V equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit our website for information about our policies or to reserve one of our recording spaces.

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  • Full Time Job: Information Technology Librarian
    Job no: 493111
    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. 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.

    Responsibilities:


    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.

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

    Manages and maintains local servers including backup and recovery. Works with DoIT to implement and manage suitable cloud-based storage and backup options.

    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 cyber security.
    • Experience working with digital repositories or working to develop projects that support locally digitized scholarly content.
    • Supervisory experience.
    • Experience with Ex Libris products.
     Screening of Applications Begins:

    Review of application materials will begin March 9, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.

    Salary & Benefits:

    Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Salary range: $65,000 to $70,000 plus 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:

    This is a full time (40 hrs/wk) position, Monday to Friday.


    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    When submitting your application, please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

    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.

    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.

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  • Full Time Job - Accounting Clerk II
    Job no: 493130
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Business/Accounting/Finance


    Responsibilities:

    Under general supervision, the incumbent performs moderately complex accounting clerical or bookkeeping tasks to support accounts payable/receivable and auditing function. Post journal entries, process payments, and verifies accuracy of data.

    Specific duties include: inputting data, records and verifies details of financial transactions in ledgers and automated systems; review and process financial documents such as invoices and receipts; purchase of all supply request and receiving of Goods and Services for the Library; inputting and retrieving financial transactions into a shadow system (QuickBooks) for monthly reconciliation and other reports; retrieve and process order from the Accounting and Receiving RT system; back up to the Accounting Associate with picking up paychecks and writing receipts for departments with the Library; and perform other duties as assigned, including serving as back for other staff in the department.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • High school diploma or GED
    • One year accounting clerical experience.
    • Working knowledge of bookkeeping principles, mathematical methods and techniques.
    • Skilled in performing basic mathematical computations and the use of calculator.
    • Ability to communicate effectively.
    • Ability to operate keyboards, personal computers and financial software
    • Ability to prepare written records and reports
    • Ability to input data accurately
    Preferred Qualifications: 
    • Basic Knowledge of QuickBooks
    • Strong computer skills with excel, word, Google docs and Box
    Background Screening Statement:A background check will be required. 

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    For best consideration, along with your application please submit a cover letter, resume and contact name and information for three professional references.

    Closing Date:  January 1, 2020
    Type: Regular
    FLSA Status: Nonexempt

    Salary:

    Pay Range 6 (starting at $32,200) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours: 

    This is a Full Time position. Work schedule is Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm


    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. To learn more about our benefits click here.


    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.


    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.

    Apply here.

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