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WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN

Please see the hours section below.

Winter Session Jan 3rd - Jan 29th
Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Exception
CLOSED Monday, Jan 16th MLK Holiday

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 Collaboration Room

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 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).


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.

  • Library Services for Graduate Student Success

    Date: Monday February 6th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Explore resources and services the library has to offer for graduate students, including online databases, library study space reservations, Interlibrary loan, workshops, and research assistance....


  • How to Write a STEM Literature Review (Introduction)

    Date: Wednesday February 8th 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 field.


  • Writing Wednesday Workshop: Research 101

    Date: Wednesday February 8th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Are you confused between Google Searching and database searching? This workshop is designed to give you an overview of how to begin the searching process, with an introduction to the AOK Library’s...


  • How to Write a Social Science/Humanities Literature Review

    Date: Monday February 13th at 5:00pm

    Summary: This workshop is recommended for graduate students. What are some of the best strategies and tips for writing a literature review? Whether you are just starting out with your research or have been...


  • How to Write a STEM Literature Review (Advanced)

    Date: Wednesday February 15th 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 field.


  • How to Use EndNote Online for Citation Management

    Date: Monday February 20th at 4:00pm

    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,...


  • How to Use Zotero for citation management

    Date: Wednesday February 22nd at 4:00pm

    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...


  • Stepping up your Research Game: Searching Strategically

    Date: Wednesday March 1st at 4:00pm

    Summary: Have you ever wondered how to maximize your research time? Have you wished that you didn't feel so aimless in your search for relevant sources? You can adapt strategies from this workshop to find...


  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

    Date: Monday March 13th 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 Using Canva

    Date: Monday March 27th 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 using  a free graphic-design tool to create an academic...



Library News

  • Winter Session Laptop Information
    During the winter session 2023, our laptops will be re-imaged and updated for the spring 2023 semester. All laptops currently checked out will be due on Thursday, December 22.

    1. Chromebooks and Dells will be available when we return from winter break on January 3, 2023. We expect the Macbooks to be available again in mid-January. 
    2. The Dells will be unavailable for checkout the last few weeks of January to be sent for their updates.
    3. All laptops will be available to check out on the first day of the spring semester, January 30, 2023.

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  • Final Spotlight! presentation of the semester - 12/2 at noon
    The Library's Spotlight! Guest Instructor Symposium, "Prison State," is wrapping up!  Please join us on for our final speaker:

    Nathaniel R. Balis, Director of Juvenile Justice Strategy Group at The Annie E. Casey Foundation, "A New Normal or Old Status Quo: Youth Justice in a Post-Pandemic World." 
    Friday, December 2nd at 12:00pm 

    If you weren't able to attend the other excellent presentations, please listen to their recordings linked below:


    We hope to see you in the Library Gallery or virtually (click to join) for Nathaniel R. Balis's presentation on Friday 12/2/2022 at noon!

    More information here.


    Thank you to all of our speakers and to our co-sponsors: Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery; Graduate School; Dresher Center for the Humanities; Center for Social Sciences Scholarship; and the following academic departments:  American Studies; History; Gender, Women's + Sexuality Studies; Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health; Social Work; Political Science; Language, Literacy, & Culture; and Media & Communications Studies

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  • Library CLOSED on November 5
    The Albin O. Kuhn Library building will be closed on Saturday, November 5 due to a planned electrical outage. We will reopen on Sunday, November 6 at 12 PM.

    Virtual resources are available 24/7 at library.umbc.edu.

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  • Catalog and Metadata Librarian
    Job no: 493924
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    Position Overview: AOK Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, seeks an innovative and collaborative individual to join the Bibliographic and Metadata Services (BMS) department as a Catalog and Metadata Librarian. Duties include a range of cataloging and metadata creation, editing, and maintenance. This is a permanent status-eligible, library faculty position at the rank of Librarian I, which reports to the head of BMS.

    Why Work at UMBC? UMBC offers competitive compensation.  This role starts at $49,000 and has 22 days of vacation as well as winter break, spring break, and personal days for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available. 

    What is it like to work at UMBC?  Check out Glassdoor or Indeed. And read about our recent award, UMBC is a 2021 Great College to Work for - In every category

    Telework: After an initial training period, telework opportunities may be available, per current campus and Library policies.

    Responsibilities:
    • Perform both original and complex copy cataloging, including cataloging of print and non-print monographic materials for both general stacks and Special Collections.
    • Support initiatives related to digitization, special collections access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to describe, manage, expose, and share collections with users.
    • Perform complex problem solving related to bibliographic database corrections.
    • Participate in library, campus, consortium, and regional/national activities as appropriate.
    • Contribute to the Libraries' diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

    The successful candidate is expected to participate in relevant professional development, scholarship, and campus and Library committee work. As a member of the library faculty, they will also be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in section 6.10 of the Faculty Handbook.

    Required Minimum Qualifications: 

    • MLIS/MLS from an ALA-accredited institution (by start of employment). 
    • Experience performing original or copy cataloging or completion of cataloging coursework.
    • Working knowledge of RDA, MARC bibliographic and authority records, LCSH and LC Classification.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.
    • Attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously
    Preferred Qualifications: 
    • Demonstrated experience performing both original and copy cataloging.
    • Demonstrated experience cataloging print and non-print materials.
    • Experience with OCLC Connexion.
    • Experience using the staff interface of an integrated library or next generation system, such as Aleph, Alma, or OCLC WorldShare.
    • Experience with a web-scale discovery service, such as WorldCat Discovery or EBSCO Discovery Service.
    • Experience with a system migration, including preparing databases and communicating with/training staff.
    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae. Three professional references will be requested when candidates are contacted for in-person interviews.

    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese (reeset@umbc.edu).

    For questions about the position, contact Aimee Plaisance (amplais@umbc.edu)

    Review of application materials will begin November 6, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.   

    Benefits:

    UMBC offers a rich benefits package including the following for exempt regular employees.

    Generous Leave which includes accruing the following for full time positions:

    • 22 Days of Annual Leave  (increases with years of service)
    • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
    • 15 Holidays
    • 3 Personal Days

    Tuition Remission:

    • 8 credit hours per semester
    • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

    Additional Benefits:

    • Life and disability insurance
    • Retirement/Pension plan
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Wellness opportunities
    • & Much more

    Benefits offered align with type: Exempt/12-Month Faculty. 

    Salary: This position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Salary commensurate with experience — minimum salary $49,000. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.10 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    Hours: This position is a full time (40 hours/week) with opportunity for telework up to two days a week.

    Apply for this position on the UMBC Jobs site


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  • Visit the Digital Media Lab!
    We've got DSLR cameras, camcorders, microphones, tripods, and more! Bring your UMBC card to the 2nd floor of the library and borrow equipment for seven days for FREE.

    New this semester: a green-screen wall!

    Find info about our policies, equipment availability, and recording spaces at https://library.umbc.edu/media/dml.php.

    Here's a complete list of equipment you could take home:

    Photo/Video
    • Canon Rebel T3i DSLR Cameras
    • Canon Rebel T5i DSLR Camera
    • Canon Rebel T7i DSLR Cameras
    • Canon Rebel T7 DSLR Cameras
    • Nikon D3000 DSLR Cameras
    • Canon VIXIA R800 Camcorders
    • GoPro HERO4 Silver Cameras

    Mounts
    • Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripods
    • Joby Phone Mounts
    • Vello ActionPan Stabilizing Grips
    • Joby GorillaPods
    • Revo SR-1000 Shoulder Mounts

    Audio
    • Zoom H4n Recorders
    • Sony ECM-44B Lavalier Microphones
    • Movo PM10 Lavalier Microphones
    • Rode VideoMic GO Shotgun Microphones
    • Tascam DR-10L Recorders with Lavalier Microphone

    Accessories
    • Bescor LED144 Studio Light Kit
    • Additional 32GB SD Cards

    Other
    • Aaxa P300 Mini Projectors
    • Portable USB Conference Microphones
    • Transcription Foot Pedals
    • Portable DVD Player/Writers
    • Digital Voice Recorders

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