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WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN

Please see the hours section below.
Please make an appointment to use a study space, to visit Special Collections, and for Curbside Pick-Up.


Places to Study

Choose one or more to find the right space for you:




Virtual Study Room

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

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.

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 Room 455. It is 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 (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

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

Lockers

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.

Lockers

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.

Reservable

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.
  • 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 add cash at the Campus Information Center (Commons) or Student Business Services (Admin).
  • Guest card
  • Purchase with a credit card at the Check Out Desk on the 1st floor for $5 (gives you $5 for printing).


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.

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 (7 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of MacBook Pro MacBook Pro 13"
Laptop (7 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook
(7 Days)
Available at Check Out Desk;
Click here to see availability.
Picture of HP Chromebook HP Chromebook II
(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.

  • StudyCon: Relax and Refuel @ the Library

    Date: 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...


  • Library scholarship discussion session #2

    Date: 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...


  • Retirement party for Drew Alfgren & Stephen Jones

    Date: 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...


  • Library scholarship discussion session #3

    Date: 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,...



Library News

  • Picturing Pictures:
    Intern Meredith Power shares her experience working on the NEH Preservation Assistance Grant awarded to the Special Collections, "Rehousing the Lewis Hine Collection," which is a part of  NEH's "A More Perfect Union": America at 250,  exploring America's story and commemorating its 250th anniversary.  

    Picturing Pictures: Digitizing the Lewis Hine Collection Prints'... Versos?
    By Meredith Power, Special Collections Intern

    Digitized materials offer access to research archives for any global audience with an internet connection. The importance of this access has been brought into sharp relief over the last few years of COVID restrictions. 

    While many people, then, understand the idea of an online database of, say, early 20th century photography documenting child laborers and their working conditions across the United States, the whole process of digitization is often less-well known. Why, for example, would Special Collections want to digitize the versos [the backs] of the five thousand or so prints it holds as part of the Lewis Hine Collection? And what does that digitization involve? 

    UMBC and the Library of Congress are the only two institutions with a complete (or nearly) set of the photographs that Hine produced for the National Child Labor Commission, an activist group lobbying for the end of child labor. The Library of Congress's prints, though, are mounted, meaning that the backs of the prints cannot be seen. In the case of Hine's work, this is frustrating, as many of the reverse sides (the versos) of his prints include notes about the image or about the process he used to produce the print. As compelling as his subjects themselves were, Hine's literally behind-the-scenes commentary is insightful, often heartbreaking, and occasionally funny. Unlike those in the collection at the Library of Congress, UMBC's prints are not mounted to anything, allowing users full access to the marks and writing on the back of each sheet. 

    Digitizing a photograph can be tricky work. In addition to the basic need to capture a clear, high-resolution image, the worker (me) must know how to handle fragile old objects like these photographs, printed on sometimes tissue-thin paper. Sometimes, the photographs have become stuck within their Mylar enclosures, and cannot be photographed (this project will also address that issue, to protect the photographs in new, better enclosures). Sometimes, the photographs show their age clearly in the significant glue residue on the reverse and their missing corners or torn and tattered edges. 

    My copy stand photography work will complement the NEH Preservation Assistance Grant-funded project "Rehousing the Lewis Hine Collection." This project will replace the photographs' existing enclosures (which currently have adhesive migration from the double sided tape used to encapsulate them in Mylar) with new one polyester sleeves and rigid backing boards to provide support, plus new custom fit boxes. Before that portion of the project takes place, though, I am working quickly and carefully to complete as many photographs of versos - backs of prints - as possible each week. My photographs themselves are taken using a copy stand, a special tabletop platform equipped with high-power LED lights that eliminate shadows (see below). A digital camera is mounted with its lens pointing straight down above the platform, and using specialty software and connectors, a worker is able to photograph the back of each print. The information about the print is carefully recorded in a detailed spreadsheet, indicating not just the digital file's name but also any significant issues with the print's condition, the date the photograph was taken, and who took it.

    A behind-the-scenes photo of the copy stand workspace, showing the digital camera pointed at the verso (the back) of one of the Hine collection prints.

    A closer look at the hand-written note on the verso of P528. This print features Hine's description, handwritten in pencil - "Some of the adults Bibb Mill no. 1 Macon, Ga. Jan 9, 1909." - and his initials. 

    The front of P528. You can learn more about this print in the Lewis Hine Collection digital collection.

    Digitizing these photos is tricky work, demanding close attention not just to the technical processes involved but also in the careful handling of these fragile historic items. The work is rewarding, though. In addition to preserving the information about these images in a stable, secure way, this project will significantly increase scholars' access to Hine's important work of documenting labor conditions in early twentieth-century America.

    Thanks, Meredith!




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  • Library Services Specialist - Circulation/Reference Liaison
    Job no: 493685
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC campus library

    Responsibilities:

    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

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • 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

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    For best consideration, apply by May 13, 2022. Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

    Closing Date: 

    May 13, 2022

    Salary:
    Pay Range 10 (starting at $40,487) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours:

    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

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  • Evening Library Services Specialist
    Job no: 493684
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC campus library

    Responsibilities: 

    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:

    • Coordinating stacks/collections maintenance
    • Participating in local and consortium activities regarding collection maintenance
    • Assisting patrons at the shared service desk
    • Opening or closing the library
    • Monitoring the building for security matters
    • Providing training and directions to library student assistants      

    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.

    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, 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 

    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications: 
    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite applications (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar).

    • Experience using an integrated library system 

    • Experience working with college-age populations 

    • In-depth knowledge and familiarity with Library of Congress classification system (e.g. LC call numbers)

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

    Closing Date:
    For best consideration, please apply by May 13, 2022

    Salary:
    Pay Range 10 (starting at $40,487) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours:

    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

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  • Associate Director, Library Technology & Digital Strategies
    Job no: 493636
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library, Library

    This permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II reports to the Library Director.

    The Associate Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies will envision a new library technology and digital strategies model for the UMBC faculty, staff, and students.  As a member of the Library Executive Team, the Associate Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to have knowledge of trends in research and learning in the academic library setting.  The Associate Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies collaborates with university colleagues to determine how the library can best support emerging research initiatives.  The position does not include budgetary responsibility. While working with the UMBC Division of Information Technology (DoIT), the Associate Director advises library leadership on current, new and emerging library applications and knowledge systems that will advance the library’s vision, mission and strategic plan (https://library.umbc.edu/admin/StrategicPlan2018.pdf).The Associate Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to be strategic and innovative to move the Albin O. Kuhn Library and its Technology & Digital Strategies forward in a rapidly changing environment of research and education.

    • Leads the library’s investigation and implementation of emerging technology to better serve library’s clientele.
    • Develops a technology plan that builds on the University and Library strategic plans to address new opportunities and pursue possibilities of adapting and applying technology solutions.
    • Develops a plan for scheduled updating of hardware and software.
    • In collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors, participates in library planning; serves on library-wide, university and university system committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council.
    • Represents the UMBC Library on appropriate state, regional and national committees.
    • Represents the UMBC Library in the adoption and technical integration of new University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions technology projects.
    • Works in partnership with the campus DoIT for discovery, planning and implementation of new technology and insures that library systems and computing are robust and operational.
    • 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.
    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree.
    • Minimum 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience in IT-related project management in an academic library setting.
    • Demonstrated experience and scholarship to be eligible for appointment at the rank of Librarian II and to meet the university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook https://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook
    • Experience with library technologies and technology planning and demonstrated knowledge of current technology trends.
    • Demonstrated experience in implementing new technologies or services, e.g. virtual servers, immersive technologies, and maker spaces.
    • Strong analytical and decision making skills.
    • Minimum 3 years of experience managing and developing staff.
    • Proven leadership and management skills.
    • Proven experience working in a collaborative team environment.
    • Ability to work collaboratively across the University to advance the technology needs of the library and library users.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and personably both verbally and in writing.
    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Knowledge and understanding of significant trends and issues in the application of information technology to libraries and higher education, including research support and information management services and solutions.
    • Experience working with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, client side computing and cloud technology.
    • Experience developing IT policies for workflows and software support.
    • Experience working with assistive technology for accommodation and accessibility.
    • Demonstrated record of participation in relevant professional associations and ongoing professional development.
    • Experience working with a larger campus information and computing group.
    • Experience working in a consortia of libraries.
    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Application materials must include a CV/resume; a cover letter which addresses your 5 year vision of the University Library of the Future; three references including names, addresses and phone numbers.

    Questions:
    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese at reeset@umbc.edu

    For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana at laldana@umbc.edu

    Screening of Applications Begins:Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by April 1, 2022.  

    Salary & Benefits:

    This position is a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $85,000. Comprehensive benefits.

    The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    Hours: Full-time 

    To apply and learn more, view the job listing.

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  • Sage Skills: Business Trial
    UMBC now has trial access to the database Sage Skills: Business. The database includes five modules:

    Data Analytics
    Entrepreneurship
    Leadership
    Organizational Communication
    Professionalism

    There is a self-assessment test in each module to gauge where you should begin the process, video and text real-world examples, interviews with professionals and academics and suggestions for further reading. 

    The trial runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1, 2021 and will be available both on- and off-campus. 

    Feedback is appreciated, please use the comments option or contact Jasmine Shumaker at jshumake@umbc.edu.

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