Featured Service: Leisure Reading Collection

Fall Semester Hours Summary

August 29 - December 7, 2017
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 3: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 4 (Labor Day): CLOSED
Wednesday, November 22: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving): CLOSED
Friday, November 24: CLOSED
Saturday, November 25: 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

Note: Laptops are now located at the Check Out Desk.

Did you know that the Library now 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 on the 2nd floor - equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies and Laptop Loan Policies pages for detailed information about the program.

Video & Photography:

Picture of Canon Rebel Camera

Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel sensor allowing it to capture beautiful, high resolution JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images and also records full-HD video at 1920x1080/30p/24p, among other frame-rate options. The T3i kit also features a top-loading camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, the necessary cords/cables and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

8 DSLR Cameras are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)

Picture of Canon Rebel T5i DSLR CameraCanon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera includes an 18 megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor allowing it to capture beautiful, high resolution JPEG, RAW, and RAW+JPEG images and also records full-HD video at 1920x1080/30p/24p, among other frame-rate options. The T5i kit also features a durable camera bag designed for DSLRs, a 16GB SD card, attached UV filter and lens cap holder, rechargeable battery, infrared shutter remote, necessary cords/cables, and an instruction manual.

8 DSLR Cameras are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)

Picture of Canon Vixia Camcorder

Canon VIXIA HD Camcorder features a 3.28 megapixel censor and records full-HD 1920x1080p video directly to an SD card. The HF R400 also employs a genuine Canon HD video lens with 53x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with improved Dynamic Image Stabilization. For easy recording and instant playback, there's a 3" touch panel LCD as well. Included in the kit is a 32GB SD card, the necessary cables/cords and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

5 HD Camcorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)

Picture of GoPro HERO4 SilverGoPro HERO4 Silver has a built-in touchscreen LCD for composing shots and accessing the menu and is able to capture Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps and - for even more detailed shots - capture 2.7K (2704 x 1520) at 30 fps and 4K (3840 x 2160) at 15 fps. It can also take 12-megapixel stills, as individual shots, in intervals for stitching together time-lapse movies, or in momentary bursts of up to 30 photos per second. Included with the camera is a chest mount, clip mount, and 3-way mount that can be used as a tripod or a selfie stick.

2 GoPro Silvers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Picture of Manfrotto TripodManfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripod is designed for those times when space and weight are of primary concern. People on-the-go will appreciate this featherweight 2.54 lb five section tripod which supports up 3.31 lb and rises to a height of 5.05’ with the column extended, while breaking down to only 18” to fit easily in your bag. Leg angles can be lengthened or shortened quickly via the flip lever leg locks. The integrated quick release grip head has a large ergonomic, locking, fast-action handle a front tilt of 0° / +90°, a lateral tilt of -90° / +90° and a panning range of 360°.

3 Tripods are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)

Picture of Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Mount The Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Mount is designed for the run-and-gun style of video shooting and enables smoother camera movements than are otherwise possible with a handheld setup. Weighing just 2.25 lb, the SR-1000's lightweight, ergonomic design helps reduce fatigue for prolonged use. The rig supports a maximum capacity of up to 5.5 lb, which is suitable for DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, and small to mid-sized camcorders.

2 Shoulder Mounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Picture of JOBY GripTight Phone MountThe JOBY GripTight Phone Mount allows you to mount your smartphone to standard 1/4"-20 thread tripods, letting you capture photos and video using its camera. With your smartphone securely mounted, you can also watch videos or other media hands-free. The GripTight PRO fits smartphones 2.2 to 3.9" wide, with or without a case attached. The mount has overmolded stainless steel plates that slide and lock for a precise fit. It holds your device in portrait or landscape mode and its angle of tilt can be adjusted. TPE grip pads secure it in place.

3 Phone Mounts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Audio Recording:

Picture of Zoom Recorder

ZOOM H4n Recorder features true X/Y stereo mics with selectable recording patterns. It can record up to 4 channels of audio, with rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. XLR/TRS combo inputs let you connect a variety of gear. The recorder also features a built-in speaker and a 3.5mm output for connecting external speakers. A USB 2.0 port makes it easy to transfer files to a Mac or PC, or use the H4n as a live audio interface. It has a backlit LCD for easy control, and can operate on AA batteries, USB power, or wall power for versatility. The kit includes a 16GB SD card, batteries, the necessary cables/cords, stand adapter, windshield and our Quick-Start Guide and instruction manual.

2 ZOOM Recorders are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)

Sony Lavalier Microphone

Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphone makes the exceptional quality of Sony's electric condenser microphones available for budget conscious productions, and a variety of sound reinforcement requirements, such as lectures and demonstrations. Measuring only 8.5 x 14.5mm, the ECM-44B reduces the visual distraction to the audience. The ECM-44B can be depended upon for clean, bright, yet natural reproduction. To maintain its low cost, this microphone operates on a single AA (does not accept phantom power) battery for over 5000 hours of service.

5 Lavalier Mics are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Quick-Start Guide

Read the Instruction Manual (PDF)

Polsen Wireless MicrophonePolsen Wireless Microphone System (ULW-16) is a 16-channel camera-mountable UHF wireless system designed to transmit audio up to 300'. It is engineered to be exceptionally quiet, and with many professional features like headphone monitoring, line input, and frequency agility, the ULW-16 is ideal for EFP (electronic field production), DSLR, and many other video applications. With its impressive 105 dB signal-to-noise ratio, the ULW-16 delivers pristine audio transmission for broadcast-quality recordings. It has 16 channels to choose from to help avoid interference. This ULW-16 system includes a PL-4 omnidirectional 0.20" lavalier microphone for flexible positioning options and excellent wind-noise rejection. The included windscreen can be used to reduce vocal plosives (pops) and wind noise.

8 Wireless Mics are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read the Quick-Start Guide



Picture of Dell LaptopDell LATITUDE E6440 Laptop features Windows 7 Enterprise with a 2.70 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8.0 GB of RAM. Installed on the machine are Microsoft Office 2013, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, and Adobe Acrobat DC; additional software can be accessed through the VMware Horizon Client.

10 Dell Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picture of MacBook ProMacBook Pro 13" Laptop features OS X Yosemite with Retina Display, a 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and Intel Iris Graphics 6100. Installed on the machine are Microsoft Office 2011, Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015, and Adobe Acrobat DC; additional software can be accessed through the VMware Horizon Client.

10 Mac Laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Other Available Equipment:

Picture of SanDisk Memory CardEXtra SanDisk Ultra 32GB SD Card is a Secure Digital High Capacity memory card. With 32GB of data storage capacity, the card provides ample space for photos and videos captured with your camera. It offers an SD Class 10 rating along with an Ultra High Speed Class 1 rating, featuring read speeds up to 30MB/s and write speeds of at least 10MB/s. A built-in write-protect switch prevents data from being accidentally modified, overwritten or deleted.

5 Extra SD Cards are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Picture of Samsung DVD Player/WriterSamsung Portable DVD Player/Writer has an exclusive A/V connection technology available in it which allows users to easily connect the TV media in the drive to the USB port to play audio-visual content. This external disc drive offers a variety of writing speeds of different types of media: 24X CD-ROM, 24X CD-RW and 8X DVD ± R, 5X DVD-RAM, 6X DVD + R Dual Layer, 6X DVD-R Dual Layer, 8X DVD + RW and 6X DVD-RW disc for burning.

5 DVD Player/Writers are available on a first-come, first-served basis

Picture of Aaxa P300 Pico ProjectorAaxa P300 Pico Projectors are palm-sized projectors that come in at 1.4lbs and can project media up to 80 inches in size. Plug it into either a PC or use a USB drive and present slide presentations, photos and videos. For video playback, we suggest plugging the projector into a PC. The included remote allows you to control the projector from across the room (especially helpful for presentations and photo slideshows). Note: with the included cables, this projector does not connect to Apple products.

2 Portable Projectors are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Read the Instruction Manual (Aaxa P300 Pico--HDMI connection)

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Upcoming Events

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

  • Library Book Sale

    Date: Wednesday November 29th at 10:00am

    Summary: Library book sales are located in the back of the Reference room. For more information contact Lidia or Kathy at 410 455-2341 or illcm@umbc.edu

  • Relax and Refuel

    Date: Wednesday December 13th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Come to the Library Gallery for a study break!  We will have games, drinks, snacks, and more! Event sponsored by: Counseling Center, University Health Center, and AOK Library & Gallery

Library News

  • Finished with 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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  • Part-Time Job - Reference & Instruction Librarian
    Job no: 492569
    Work type: Librarian Faculty - 3/4 Time
    Location: UMBC Campus

    We seek an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual to work as subject librarian in the humanities and to provide general reference assistance to the UMBC community. The successful candidate is expected to provide a wide range of reference, instructional, and outreach services to students, faculty, and staff. This position will work closely with the Instruction Coordinator to design and deliver library curriculum and instruction activities for first-year courses, including English 100 and Introduction to an Honors University seminars. This position is ¾ time--30 hours per week. Applicants should provide a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please submit all application materials to:  Patrick J. Dawson, Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, AOK@umbc.edu.

    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Jill Johnson (jljohnson@umbc.edu). For questions about the position, contact Katy Sullivan (sullivan@umbc.edu). Review of applications will begin on November 28, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

    This position serves as subject librarian to a number of academic departments in the humanities. Duties include providing library instruction, outreach, collection development, and research support to students, faculty and staff. As part of a department of six faculty librarians and one support staff, this position provides general reference service to the campus community (including shared evening and weekend hours) and participates in the planning and implementation of departmental operations. As an instruction librarian, this position designs and delivers library curriculum and instruction activities and contributes to the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Library’s information literacy and instructional program.

    •     Master of Library & Information Science degree (or equivalent ALA accredited degree)
    •     Demonstrated ability and interest in providing dynamic library instruction and contributing to a team-based information literacy program
    •     Demonstrated ability and interest in the areas of library public services and outreach
    •     Demonstrated high-quality written and verbal communication
    •     Ability to work effectively independently or as part of a team
    •     Ability to initiate and lead projects to completion
    •     Interest and/or experience working with diverse populations, particularly students
    •     Undergraduate or advanced degree in a humanities discipline preferred
    •     Reference experience in an academic library setting preferred
    •     Direct teaching or library instruction experience preferred

    Position is a ¾ time (30 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Minimum salary $35,000. 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/.

    Apply today!

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  • Need research help on the run?
    The AOK Library can now take your questions by text message!  Save us in your contacts as 410-762-4265 (that's 410-762-4AOK). 

    We'll be answering chats during Reference Desk hours.  If you send a message after close, we'll get back to you the next day.

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  • 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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  • Temporary Job - Library General Assistant
    Job no: 492566
    Work type: Temporary/Contingent I
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    The incumbent will be responsible for general maintenance of the print serials collection, assisting with planning and implementation of shifts.  Using various library automated systems, the incumbent will perform searches to help identify items for deselection. The incumbent is expected to assist users, shelve, maintain all equipment as well as perform other duties as assigned.  This position reports to the Chief Serials Technician.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:     
    Requires a High School Diploma or GED; Library or clerical experience desirable.

    Preferred Qualifications:      
    Must have good organization and communication skills; detail oriented, self-motivated, flexible; demonstrate the ability to work independently; proficient with word processing applications. Familiarity with Excel spreadsheets would be preferable.  This position requires physical labor—lifting and pushing loaded book trucks.

    Background Screening Statement:     
    A background check may be required.  

    Screening of Applications Begins:
    For best consideration, submit application by November 10, 2017 (resumes will be accepted until position is filled).

    Salary: $16.10 per hour, 30-40 hours per week

    Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. subject to change depending on the needs of the Library.

    Additional Information: This is a temporary position.  Initial contract is for (6-Months) with the possibility of renewal.

    FLSA Status: Nonexempt

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

    Work Authorization
    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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