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Summer Hours Summary

May 26 - August 19, 2018
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 27: CLOSED
Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day): CLOSED
Tuesday, July 3: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 4 (Independence 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 20 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 34 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.


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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 Nikon D3000 Digital Camera Nikon D3000 Digital Camera 5 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.

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Library News

  • Struggling to keep up with the news?
    Did you know that you can read major newspapers for free online using the Library's databases?

    Keep informed by reading/bookmarking the latest issue at:

    Or by using a feed-reader app (like Feedly) to access:

    We’ve got the paper versions too!  Head up to the 2nd floor for current newspapers such as: the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Le Monde, the New York Times, The Times (London), the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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  • Taking a break from your class reading?
    The library’s Leisure Reading Collection offers the UMBC community a variety of timely and popular fiction and non-fiction. It is located in an easy-to-browse room on the Library’s first floor, next to the Check Out Desk.  You can borrow up to five leisure reading books at a time.

    For more fiction, head up to the fourth floor and browse the PR and PS sections.

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  • Summer at the Library
    Library hours for the summer are as follows:
    May 26 - August 19, 2018
        Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
        Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
        Saturday: CLOSED
        Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, May 27: CLOSED
    Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day): CLOSED
    Tuesday, July 3: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, July 4 (Independence Day): CLOSED

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  • Full Time Job - Associate Director, LITS
    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County seeks an experienced manager to become a key member of the Library Executive Team and to provide future vision, oversight, leadership and strategic direction for the library's information technology infrastructure including the exploration, integration and implementation of new and emerging technologies.

    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 works closely with the UMBC Division of Information Technology (DoIT) to advise 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) Working in a collaborative library and university environment, the Associate Director will manage a full time staff of 4 and student workers. Competitive candidates will have three or more years of progressively responsible experience supporting information technology, including project management and management over a technical support organization. Candidates are expected to have a strong record of supervisory effectiveness that reflects mentorship and the professional development of direct reports. Competitive candidates are expected to possess a thorough understanding of current information technologies and a knowledge of widely-used hardware, software applications, resources and techniques in an academic environment and should also be able to demonstrate an ability to initiate, manage and complete technology projects.

    UMBC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from diverse backgrounds, including women and under-represented minorities, are particularly encouraged to apply. The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery value diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and background and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. Interest and experience in working with a diverse student and staff population is valued.

    Position Responsibilities:
    • 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.
    • 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 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 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 orally 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.

    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. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by June 8, 2018.

    Please submit all application materials to:
    Mr. Patrick Dawson
    Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery
    University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    1000 Hilltop Circle
    Baltimore, MD 21250

    Salary: Commensurate with experience in the Librarian II range.

    Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland

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  • Find a Quiet Place to Study

    The third and fourth floors of the AOK Library are Quiet areas.  These are good places to study if you don’t mind the occasional whisper or vibrating phone.

    The fifth and sixth floors of the AOK Library are designated Absolute Quiet areas at all times.  If you need an environment free from talking, cell phones, or any other noise sources, these are the floors for you!  Library staff walk through the area periodically to enforce quiet rules, but you can also report violations to the Security Desk at 410-455-2331 or Circulation Department staff at 410-455-2354.

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