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AOK Article Search contains millions of articles on a variety of topics. It's a good place to start your research.
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Databases are large collections of journals, articles, or data.
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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.
Choose one or more to find the right space for you:
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 (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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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.
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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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.
Other events scheduled in the Library can be found on the full Events page.
Wednesday May 18th at 11:00am
Summary: It’s Study Day! Make the library your one-stop shop during crunch time this semester-- and make sure you relax and refuel with us before you hunker down at your favorite study spot. At StudyCon...
Tuesday May 24th at 11:00am
Summary: Tuesday, May 24, 11am-12pm Co-facilitators: Joanna Gadsby and Lindsey Loeper Cochran, Dory, “Seeing Writing Center Practices through a Feminist Lens & Applying the Lessons Learned to...
Tuesday May 24th at 3:30pm
Summary: Please join the staff of the Library as we celebrate the retirements of Drew Alfgren and Stephen Jones! Stop by on Tuesday May 24 from 3:30-5:30 to say hello, say goodbye, and have some cake! The...
Tuesday June 7th at 2:00pm
Summary: Tuesday, June 7, 2-3pm Co-facilitators: Katy Sullivan and Courtney Gurrera Corrall, S., & Jolly, L. (2019). Innovations in Learning and Teaching in Academic Libraries: Alignment,...
The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused individual with library experience to join our team as the inaugural Circulation – Reference Liaison, to facilitate communication and coordination between the two units in a shared service desk environment.
As a member of the Circulation Department team, the Library Services Specialist will participate in departmental functions to assist patrons in locating and using information and library services. Other duties are to document best practices for the unit, collect statistics and log observations of shared service desk transactions. The objective is to develop or adjust services and procedures to enhance user experience and satisfaction.
The candidate is expected to perform library services efficiently, and serve 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.
The work schedule for this position is Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours and staffing needs.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree or related experience at the substitution rate of 30 college credits to one year of experience.
One year of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, nature and functions of libraries; knowledge of search strategies and database searches; organizational, problem solving, and time management skills.
Ability to work independently, initiate and implement projects, and exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures, and instructions.
Ability to contribute to and maintain an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful work environment.
Demonstrated ability to work professionally with diverse individuals
Demonstrated ability to understand and apply principles of quality. customer service and teamwork.
Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Experience creating documentation for training purposes
Experience working as a liaison between two or more units or programs
Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite applications (e.g., G-mail, Google Docs, & Google Calendar)
Experience using an integrated library system
Experience working with college-age population
This is a full-time position Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. & Friday from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours and staffing needs.
To apply for this job, and learn more about it, please visit the listing on the UMBC Jobs site.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused individual with library experience to join our team. The selected candidate will work evening shift hours in the Circulation Department
As a member of the staff, the Library Services Specialist will engage in customer service duties that support resource sharing.
Specific tasks include:
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.
The work schedule for this position is Sunday - Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours and staffing needs.
Bachelor’s Degree, or related experience at the substitution rate of 30 college credits to one year of experience
One year of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, nature and functions of libraries, maintaining product inventory or stacks maintenance skills.
Ability to work independently and exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures, and instructions
Ability to work professionally with diverse individuals
Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite applications (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar).
Experience working with college-age populations
In-depth knowledge and familiarity with Library of Congress classification system (e.g. LC call numbers)
This is a full-time position Sunday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours.
To apply, and read more, please visit the UMBC job posting page.