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 the website.
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Choose one or more to find the right space for you:
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 computers (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.
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For requests to digitize course readings, please obtain the name and number of the course and share the digital copy with the Reserves staff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.