Featured Service: Winter Hours

Winter Semester Hours Summary

January 2 - January 27, 2018
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day): CLOSED

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

Reservable Study Rooms

These 15 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

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

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. To use this room, check out the key from the Check Out Desk.

Availability: Presentation Practice Room

Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Individual Study

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 39 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 hosts a coffee shop (Pura Vida hours) and 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.


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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.

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 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

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Upcoming Events

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

  • Workshop: Conducting a Literature Review

    Date: Wednesday February 21st at 12:00pm

    Summary: Is writing the literature review a stumbling block? This workshop will help you to learn how to begin and advance your literature review, and how to connect your ideas to the literature in the...

  • Library Workshop - EndNote Basic

    Date: Monday March 26th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references,...

  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Workshop

    Date: Wednesday April 4th 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 Workshop

    Date: Wednesday April 18th 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...

Library News

  • Full Time Job - Library Services Specialist
    Job no: 492609
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    Reporting to the Collection Management/Interlibrary Loan Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for lending to, or borrowing from, other libraries, and will query national and local online databases, as well as internet and reference sources, to search and verify bibliographic references.  Specific duties include: search and retrieve journals and books;  scan and deliver articles for ILL and document delivery; prepare and send print materials; assist in supervising and training student assistants. 
    Note: This position requires physical labor-lifting and pushing loaded book trucks.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:     
    Requires a High School Diploma or GED; one year of experience directly related to the primary duties of the position.  Must have good organization and communication skills and be detail oriented, self motivated and flexible.  The ability to work independently is essential.

    Preferred Qualifications:      
    1. Proficient with word processing applications
    2. Experience using ILLiad management system and/or RAPID
    3. Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets

    Closing Date:
    February 23, 2018

    Salary: Pay Range 10 (starting at $38,204) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours: Full-time
    FLSA Status: Nonexempt

    UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    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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  • APA Style Central - Database Trial
    UMBC now has access to APA Style Central. Resources include APA style quick guides and tutorials including research planning tools, citation templates, and publishing guidance. 

    Access is available both on and off campus.  The trial will run through April 23, 2018. Providing feedback on the resource is strongly encouraged.

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  • Winter at the Library
    Library hours for the winter are as follows:

    December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018
       Monday - Sunday: CLOSED

    January 2 - January 27, 2018
       Monday - Thursday:  8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
       Friday:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
       Saturday:  Closed
       Sunday:  12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
       Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day): CLOSED

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  • What books or movies would you like to see in the Library?
    Are there books or movies that you think the Library should own? 

    We are happy to receive suggestions from UMBC students, faculty, and staff! Just fill out this suggestion form (please include as much information as possible!). 

    All suggestions will be forwarded to the appropriate library liaison and then Collection Management for consideration.

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  • Full Time Job - Director of Information Technology Services
    Job no: 492586
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) seeks an individual to provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for a wide range of digital systems and services including new technology and library legacy technologies.  The position is responsible for ensuring quality and reliable delivery of library technology systems and services and should encourage exploration in support of teaching, research, learning and collaboration for current and a new generation of library users.  The position works closely with the UMBC Division of Information Technology, library and university personnel.  The incumbent, as an Associate Director of the Kuhn Library & Gallery, will be part of the Library Executive Committee and have a voice in developing library policy for the 21st Century.  The position reports to the Library Director.

    Develops a technology plan that builds on the University’s and Library’s strategic plans to address new opportunities and pursue possibilities of adapting and applying technology solutions. Participates in library planning; serves on library-wide and university committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council. Works in partnership with the campus Division of Information Technology for discovery, planning and implementation of new technology. Leads the library’s investigation and implementation of emerging technology to better serve the campus. Keeps current with trends and issues in the IT industry, including current technologies and costs. Provides leadership in coordinating and defining technology requirements for library-wide projects and initiatives. Oversees Library Information Technology Services composed of library faculty and staff and student employees and works with other areas of the library and university that are affiliated with technology. In partnership with the Division of Information Technology insures that library systems and computing are robust and operational.

    • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree.
    • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in IT-related project management in one or more of the following in an academic library setting:
      • Database development
      • Network engineering
      • Hardware and software upgrades to mission critical applications
      • Application development
    • Experience with library technologies and technology planning and demonstrated knowledge of current technology trends.
    • Strong analytical and decision making skills.
    • Demonstrated project management experience.
    • Evidence of leadership and management ability.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and personably both orally and in writing.
    SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications.  Minimum salary: $85,000 -$95,000 comprehensive benefits.  The expected candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status.

    To Apply:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  For best consideration, please respond by January 31, 2018. Send letter of application addressing position requirements, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to:  Patrick J. Dawson, Director of the Library 353, UMBC 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD  21250 or AOK@umbc.edu.

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