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Fall Semester Hours Summary

August 28 - December 6, 2019
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 12:00 Midnight

Sunday, September 1: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 2: (Labor Day): CLOSED
Wednesday, November 27: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 28: (Thanksgiving): CLOSED
Friday, November 29: CLOSED
Saturday, November 30: CLOSED

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

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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 (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.

  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

    Date: Wednesday October 16th 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...

  • Zotero: Organize your Citations with Style

    Date: Wednesday October 23rd at 12:00pm

    Summary: Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to organize your citations? Have you used citation software in the past but have some lingering questions? This workshop provides an overview of...

  • EndNote Basic

    Date: Monday October 28th 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,...

  • Open Educational Resources (OER) Workshop for Faculty

    Date: Wednesday October 30th at 12:00pm

    Summary: With the rising cost of textbooks, the use of open educational resources (OER) can significantly increase student learning and success. This workshop will introduce UMBC faculty to OER...

  • Citing Sources: Mastering the Art of Academic Integrity

    Date: Wednesday November 6th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Avoid accidental plagiarism by learning how to properly cite your sources and create killer bibliographies. Sign up here to attend this workshop!

  • Mapping the Historic Lumbee Community in Baltimore

    Date: Friday November 8th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Following World War II, thousands of Lumbee Indians moved from rural North Carolina to Baltimore City, seeking employment and a better quality of life. They formed a large satellite community on...

  • Social Science Literature Review Workshop

    Date: Wednesday November 13th at 12:00pm

    Summary: What are some of the best strategies and tips for writing a social science literature review? Calling all social science students! Whether you are just starting out with your research or have been...

  • Presentation: Performing Relationships with Archived Objects

    Date: Monday November 18th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Despite years of activism, many archives and archivists still fail to understand Indigenous ways of knowing and being in the world. Many Indigenous worldviews feature "persons" in the form of...

  • Structural Characterization of the HIV-1 MA-tRNA Complex

    Date: Wednesday November 20th at 12:00pm

    Summary: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains a global health concern for which new therapies are required. Recent work reported that the HIV matrix protein interacts with cellular tRNAs, and...

  • Finding Your Flow: Navigating Final Papers

    Date: Wednesday December 4th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Feeling stuck with your final paper? Bring what you’ve got so far (even if it’s just the assignment description), and walk out of this workshop prepared to finesse your academic writing like never...

Library News

  • Experimentalist: The Art of Robert W. Fichter

    This online exhibit accompanies an exhibition presented at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery from August 28–December 18, 2019. The exhibition represents the first retrospective of the artist’s career in over thirty years. 

    Created between 1962 and 2006, the works reproduced online are drawn entirely from the Robert W. Fichter Archive at UMBC. The selection highlights the artist’s experimental approach to examining the human condition. Employing shifting moods and mediums as well as wit, humor, and satire, Fichter delivers trenchant critiques of war, nuclear proliferation, and environmental disaster. Firmly rooting his expressive compositions in a strong sense of place—the surreal landscapes of his native Florida—he presents a singular vision of humanity on the brink.

    The exhibition Experimentalist: The Art of Robert Fichter was curated by Tom Beck, Curator Emeritus. The presentation at the Library Gallery was organized by Beth Saunders, Curator and Head of Special Collections.

    Online exhibit by Grace Ferguson.

    Texts by Tom Beck and Beth Saunders with Grace Ferguson.

    To view the exhibition in person, visit the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, on the first floor of the Library.  Open 10-4:30 M-W; 10-8 Th, and 12-5 Saturday & Sunday. Please join us on Tuesday, September 24, at 5:00 p.m. for the public program, The Art of Robert W. Fichter: Talks by Eileen Cowin, Adam Straus, and Tom Beck. Reception to follow presentations. Robert W. Fichter books available for sale during reception.

    See more online exhibits here

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  • Trial: British Union of Fascists:Newspapers and Secret Files
    UMBC now has trial access to the database:

    The British Union of Fascists: Newspapers and Secret Files - 1933-1951. 
    provided by the British Online Archives.

    These papers cover the growth of the British Union of Fascists and the impact of World War II upon them.  The documents include both their official publications and the imprisonment of their leader Oswald Mosley. 

    The pre-war fascist newspapers include Fascist week, The Blackshirt and The East London Pioneer. Action was published from February 1936 until June 1940, by which point a growing number of the BUF were interned. Sir Oswald and Lady Diane Mosley’s imprisonment caused much debate. These papers include government records of why they were arrested and Oswald Mosley’s time in prison, with additional files.

    The trial will run until October 15, 2019 and access is available on and off-campus. 

    Feedback on the content and usability of the database is encouraged.

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  • Education Week Trial
    UMBC now has free access to the content and tools of Education Week - the trial runs from  Monday, September 9th through Friday, September 27th.  
    With the trial you can view all all the options for searching and analysis, including:
      • Education Week Online, featuring daily news, commentary and analysis on policy, legislative and overall shifts and trends in the U.S. K-12 space.
      • Education Week digital edition, an electronic replica of the print edition, days before the print edition is delivered.
      • Teacher Channel perfect for teachers and professional development with daily news, stories and content focused on the teaching profession, including videos, case studies and best practices.
      • Digital Directions with daily online features for education technology trends and insights, geared towards IT specialists and media/technology professionals.
      • Industry & Innovations for K-12 decision-makers, reporting on the intersection of K-12 schools and districts and vendors, trends, best practices and much more.
      • Quality CountsDiplomas Count and Technology Counts annual reports and archives, and special reports, story packages and archives.
      • State Highlight Reports which provide over 40 data indicators to assess and compare performance in key areas, by state.
      • 33 years of fully-searchable archives, so you can research and focus on specific hot-button issues and events.
      • Exclusive online-only content, including 60 blogs on vitally important K-12 topics.
      • Multimedia tools, including district geographic mapsvideos & infographics and photo galleries.
      • Ed Week Research Centerwith special reports, surveys and access to our staff of full-time researchers for customized research needs.
      • Education Counts database, where you can build customized tables and reports by state and other indicators.

    Comments and feedback are greatly appreciated! 

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  • MD-SOAR (ScholarWorks) Survey
    Please take 5-10 minutes to let us know about your experiences with MD-SOAR/ScholarWorks@UMBC at  MD-SOAR is a shared digital repository platform for eleven colleges and universities in Maryland. UMBC's ScholarWorks@UMBC digital repository is on this platform. 

    Thank you!

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  • 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)

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