Find a quiet place to study!

Summer Hours Summary

May 28 - August 27, 2019
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 4: (Independence Day): CLOSED
Friday, July 5: CLOSED
Sunday, August 18 CLOSED
Monday, August 19: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 20: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 21: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 22: CLOSED
Saturday, August 24: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Monday, August 26: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

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 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.


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

No results found

Back to top

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
Picture of Tascam DR-10L Audio Recorder with Lavalier Mic Tascam DR-10L Audio Recorder with Lavalier Mic 2 available
Picture of Movo PM10 Lavalier Clip-on Microphone Movo PM10 Lavalier Clip-on Microphone 2 available

Back to top

Upcoming Events

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

Sorry, no upcoming events

Library News

  • New Course Reserve System!

    The Kuhn Library now provides access to course reserves through Ares from Atlas Systems; this new software seamlessly integrates with Blackboard (Bb) for streamlined availability and processing. Instructors who wish to submit course reserves requests and students who want to access their faculty reserves listings can now do so directly from their course site in Bb. 

    Questions? Email, visit our Course Reserves Information page, or stop by the Check-Out desk at the Library.

    Information on submitting materials for course reserve can be found on our instructor’s guide page (download PDF)

    Read more…

  • Webmaster Specialist

    Job no: 492963
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Information Technology/IT


    The Albin O Kuhn Library & Gallery 


    The Webmaster will be a member of the Library Information Technology Services team. Under the direction of the Associate Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies, the incumbent will be responsible for the design and management of an evolving library web presence in order to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff.  Specific duties include:

    • Ongoing analysis of the Library’s web architecture, improve the user experience, and implement a holistic web design that will streamline access to services and resources;
    • Serve as Chair for the Library Web Committee, and design and deliver appropriate training and documentation in support of library staff and units;
    • Work collaboratively with librarians and other library staff to identify, develop and implement web delivery of resources, services, and information and to troubleshoot problems;
    • Work closely with Library Information Technology staff to maintain website functionality in conjunction with library software implementation and upgrades and will assist with library assessment projects;
    • Work with the campus Division of Information Technology (DoIT) and others as appropriate to maintain compliance with campus web design and ADA requirements;
    • Remain up to date on current technologies, research emerging technologies, and recommend changes;
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
    Required Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in information systems, computer science, or a related degree
    • Demonstrated web programming ability and proficiency in commonly used web programming languages and applications such as HTML5, CSS3, PHP, JavaScript, Ajax/XML, MySQL, and WordPress
    • Demonstrated ability in relational database and web architecture design and development
    • Demonstrated ability to think critically and analytically, to study problems and develop well-reasoned and supported solutions
    • Skill in translating student and faculty needs into web functions
    • Effective verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to work well with others and lead projects to completion
    Preferred Qualifications: 
    • Academic library experience preferred
    • Experience with XSLT, Python, SML, jQuery and building mobile or responsive sites preferred

    • Graphic design experience preferred

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.  

    Screening of Applications Begins:For best consideration, submit application materials by July 10, 2019.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
    Salary:Salary is commensurate with education and experience
    FLSA Status:Exempt
    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. To learn more about our benefits click here.
     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.

    Apply Now

    Read more…

  • Color Our Collections!
    Every year in February, libraries, archives, and museums around the world put together coloring books based on materials in their collections. This year, AOK Library's Special Collections has put one together--print out your own copy from the pdf linked below, or pick up a copy at the Check Out desk! 

    2019 Color Our Collections UMBC Coloring Book

    If you enjoy coloring our collections, share a photo of your work on social media, and be sure to tag our account!

    Read more…

  • Library poll on the Digital Media Lab:
    How often do you use in-person services at the Digital Media Lab?

    Read more…

  • Library contest: Win your own private study room for finals!
    Enter now for a chance to win your very own private study room in the Library for two weeks during finals!

    1. Follow one of the Library's social media accounts.
    2. Share a photo of one of your favorite people, places, or things about the library.
    3. Tag the Library's account and use the hashtag #VIPStudySpace.
    Two lucky winners will be notified on December 4 and have exclusive access to the study room from December 5-19. 

    Read more…