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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 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.

  • Finding Your Flow: Navigating Final Papers

    Date: Wednesday December 7th at 4:00pm

    Summary: Ready to write your final paper but not sure where to start? Gather what you’ve got so far (even if it’s just the assignment description), and join us for this workshop where we will offer plenty...


  • Digital Cruikshank Exhibition Launch

    Date: Thursday December 8th at 5:00pm

    Summary: SAVE THE DATE!  The students from Dr. DiCuirci's English 416/616 course invite you to an exhibition launch for their online exhibit, Digital Cruikshank, on Thursday, December 8 from 5:00-6:00...


  • StudyCon: Relax and Refuel @ the Library

    Date: Wednesday December 14th at 11:00am

    Summary: It’s Study Day! If future you could reach through space and time to tell you to take care of yourself today, you know you would. Make the library your one-stop shop during crunch time this...



Library News

  • We are looking for an Evening Library Services Supervisor
    Job no: 493980
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Administrative/Professional, Library

    Position Overview: Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused Library Services Supervisor with supervisory experience to join our team this January. The selected candidate will supervise staff and student assistants who work during the evening hours in the Circulation department of the Library.

    Why Work at UMBC? UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $47,951 and has 11 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.  

    Telework: A hybrid telework schedule may be available. 

    Responsibilities: As a member of the Circulation department's leadership team, the Library Services Supervisor will collaborate on strategic priorities, supervision of student assistants, training goals and policies and procedures for the department at large. 

    The position will ensure that library services are performed safely and efficiently, and library users are served 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 to Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to 8:30 p.m. or Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours and staffing needs. 

    Required Minimum Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor's Degree

    • Three years of experience directly related to the primary duties of the position with at least one year in a lead or supervisory capacity.

    • Knowledge of the nature and functions of libraries as well as organizational and problem solving 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

    • Demonstrated ability to understand and apply principles of quality customer service, teamwork and conflict resolution.

    Note: Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

    Preferred Qualifications:  

    • Demonstrated skill in planning and coordinating work of others 

    • Demonstrated skill in motivating and training staff  

    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and Google Suite applications (e.g., mail, calendar)

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

    Closing Date: Open Until Filled, applications will start being reviewed as they are submitted.

    Benefits: UMBC offers a rich benefits package including the following for nonexempt regular employees.

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

    • 11 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

    Contingent II positions may include benefits

    Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 

    Salary: Pay Range 12 (starting at $47,951) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours:  This is a full-time position Monday to Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon - 8:30 p.m. or Friday 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours.

    Type:  Regular

    FLSA Status:  Nonexempt 

    To apply for the position and learn more, please visit the UMBC jobs site. 



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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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  • Library Services Technician
    Job no: 493901
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    Department: The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery at UMBC. https://library.umbc.edu/

    Position Overview: The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused individual who is able to work professionally with diverse individuals to join our team. The selected candidate will work in the Circulation Department under general supervision.

    As a member of the staff, the Library Services Technician will engage in customer service duties that support the teaching and research needs of our users.

    Why Work at UMBC?  UMBC offers competitive compensation.  This role starts at $34,977 and has 11 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.

    Responsibilities: Specific tasks include assisting patrons at the shared service desk, stacks maintenance, managing the assignment of study rooms and lockers, monitoring the building for security matters, opening or closing the building as needed, and 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.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:  

    • High School Diploma or GED

    • Two years of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, and experience working in a team environment. 

    •  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

    Note: Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft or Google Suite applications (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar).

    • Experience using an Integrated Library System 

    • Experience working with or serving college-age populations 

    • Knowledge and familiarity with classification systems used in libraries 

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    In addition to a resume, upload a statement discussing your knowledge of the nature and functions of libraries, working in a team-based environment, and interacting with diverse populations. Individuals who progress in the search will be asked to provide contact information of a supervisor and other personal or professional references.  

    Closing Date: Open Until Filled. 

    Benefits: UMBC offers a rich benefits package including the following for nonexempt regular employees.

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

    • 11 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: Regular position. 

    Salary: Pay Range 07 (starting at $34,977) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours: Full-time

    Type: Regular 

    Additional Information: This is a full-time position Tuesday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
     

    To apply for this position and to learn more, please visit the UMBC Jobs site


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