The AOK Library is now fully open. More can be found at myUMBC.

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Curbside returns available for locker keys & materials
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Ask a Librarian chat help is available M-F

Schedule an online research appointment with a subject librarian


All seven floors are now open to UMBC users. Hours for the fall semester are:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Please make an appointment to use a study space, to visit Special Collections, to use a microfilm reader/scanner, and for Curbside Pick-Up.
More details can be found at myUMBC.

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:
Find more information about getting started on Discord.
For more information, including hours when student support is available:

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.

Availability: Presentation Practice Room

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 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.


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.

  • Spotlight! Guest Instructor Series: Dr. Fred Pincus

    Date: Wednesday December 1st at 12:00pm

    Summary: Radicalism at UMBC: The Early Years UMBC students, faculty and staff participated in a wide range of radical social movements in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Like other students across the...

  • Finding Your Flow: Navigating Final Papers

    Date: Wednesday December 1st 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...

  • Open Educational Resources discussion session #3

    Date: Thursday December 9th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Join the Library faculty and staff for a 3 session discussion series about Open Education Resources (OER). This series is coordinated by the Library's Information Literacy working group in...

Library News

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

    Data Analytics
    Organizational Communication

    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

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  • Update on DML Services
    The Digital Media Lab is excited to reopen on Monday, August 30, 2021. Our services will look a little different because of the pandemic, so here is a brief rundown of what to expect.

    • We are only open on weekdays from 12 to 4 PM
    • The Whisper Room is unavailable until further notice
    • The A/V Room has a limited capacity of two (2) people
      • Individuals may use this room to record audio in lieu of the booth
    • Three Mac computers and a flatbed scanner will be available
    We have limited the maximum capacity in the DML to seven (7) people, including the desk attendant, to encourage social distancing. Please space yourselves if you are waiting to check out equipment and do not crowd into the room. We encourage everyone to visit our website for details about available equipment before visiting. Remember that you must present your UMBC card in order to borrow anything.

    Our room reservation system is again active and you can reserve the A/V Room for up to two hours per day (link).

    We look forward to a successful fall semester despite these changes. If you have any questions, please contact us at

    Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

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  • eResources & Discovery Librarian
    Job no: 493418
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library, Library

    Department: Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

    Responsibilities: The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), an Honors University in Baltimore, Maryland, invites applications for the eResources and Discovery Librarian position. This is a permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II. This position reports to the Associate Director for Technical Services and oversees the Serials Unit within the Technical Services Division. The successful candidate will have the knowledge and experience to support the Library’s serials and electronic resources collection throughout the entire lifecycle of those eResources. The eResources and Discovery Librarian will work closely with colleagues in the Library, on Campus and within the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) library consortium.

    Position Responsibilities:  

    • Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Associate Director for Technical Services, oversees the daily operations of the Serials Unit within Technical Services. 

    • Oversees workflows related to managing the life cycle of the Library’s electronic resources, including but not limited to knowledge and experience working with vendors; understanding various platforms in order to effectively manage access and resolve issues; and collecting and analyzing usage data.

    • Manages and maintains the Library’s discovery tool (EBSCO Discovery Service) including monitoring trends and best practices and developing efficient workflows to support eresources discoverability.

    • Oversees the work related to the database maintenance of the Library’s print serials and microfilm collections.

    • Establishes access to new electronic resources, monitors platform changes, and works to investigate, resolve and communicate access issues in a timely manner.

    • Assists with developing collection development assessment strategies related to electronic resources.

    • Participates in library, campus, consortium, and regional/national communities and organizations as appropriate.

    • Supervises 3 staff (2 directly and 1 indirectly) in serials.

    Required Minimum Qualifications: 
    • MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution.

    • Minimum of 3 years post MLS experience working with electronic resources.

    • Demonstrated experience managing and maintaining discovery services systems.

    • Demonstrated experience and understanding of best practices for managing electronic resources. 

    • Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resource industry standards, best practices, and protocols such as SUSHI, and COUNTER. 

    • Demonstrated experience with electronic resource management (ERM) systems

    • Demonstrated knowledge of managing and maintaining print serials and microfilm collections.

    • Knowledge of integrated library systems.

    • Knowledge of open URL link resolvers, preferably SFX. 

    • Excellent communication and interpersonal relations skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment. 

    • Experience supervising staff and student assistants. 

    • Demonstrated ability to develop and document procedures.

    • Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities

    Preferred Qualifications:  
    • Experience with Ex Libris products.

    • Experience with EBSCO Discovery Services

    • Experience working with a print serials collection.

    Special Instructions to Applicants: Please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

    Questions: For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese (

    For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana (

    Screening of Applications Begins: Review of application materials will begin August 20, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.   

    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 $63,000. 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 -

    Hours: Full-time; Monday to Friday with occasional weekends or late nights.

    For more information and to apply:

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  • Finals Challenge 2020
    For the end of the semester, AOK Library has put together a Finals Challenge! 

    From now through December 15, do five of the activities listed below and take a picture--either while you complete it or of your finished product. Post the photos on social media and tag the library (on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram). You can post all of them together or separately--just make sure they’re posted by the end of the day on December 15th and that we’re tagged in all of them. 

    If you do more than five activities, you’ll get an extra entry in the prize drawing for a gift from the bookstore! Winners will be announced December 16. 

    Challenge activities:
    • Take part in a RAC streaming wellness class
    • Attend a virtual performance or exhibit (some UMBC options: music and Arts at UMBC
    • Organize your study space or organize your class materials
    • Make a finals study plan- how do you plan to organize your study time? Don’t forget to include short breaks :) 
    • Share a study tip for fellow Retrievers 
    • Do a coloring page--if you don’t have one, try our Special Collections coloring book
    • Share a photo of your favorite UMBC spot
    • Take a nature break
    • Make a list of things you’re thankful for this year
    • Review your class notes one module at a time and write a brief summary of each
    • Create some study flashcards and quiz yourself 
    • Clear your head and go on a walk 
    If you have any questions, please ask. Good luck!

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  • New Digital Collection Online: George H. Seeley Photographs
    We're pleased to announce that the George H. Seeley Photographs digital collection is now available on our Digital Collections site! Enjoy these digitized glass negatives and transparencies of landscapes, nature scenes, animals, and people. Read more about Seeley below in a blog post written by UMBC alum Ben Rybczynski who as an intern in fall 2019 scanned Seeley's photographs, rehoused them into acid free four flap folders and boxes, and transcribed Seeley's notes from the original paper sleeves.  Thanks Ben!  Here's Ben's blog post about his experience with the collection:

    The importance of context is easily ignored when looking at a historic piece of art. At first glance, the photographs of George Seeley could easily be mistaken as blurry, failed images of landscapes. But once you apply context to them, it becomes clear that these out-of-focus photographs of quiet pastures and snow-covered riverbanks were major pieces in the revolution that completely changed the art world and took photography from a science to one of the most accessible art forms in history. 

    George Seeley of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, was born in 1880, a time in which photography was still mostly used for family portraits and documentation of important events. Not many artists, especially not in America, saw the value of photography as an art form. Seeley attended the Massachusetts Normal School (now known as Massachusetts College of Art and Design), where he studied painting under the tutelage of Joseph DeCamp. It wasn’t long however, until Seeley was introduced to photography by F. Holland Day, and he quickly took to the new medium. In 1904, George Seeley joined the Photo-Secession, a movement led by Holland Day and Alfred Stieglitz which sought to elevate the photographer as an artist rather than a simple documentarian. Seeley, a fan of impressionism, took to the thriving pictorialist movement highlighted by the secession and continued to produce images following its tenets for many years even after it declined in popularity.

    The majority of Seeley’s images in this collection are landscape scenes of the countryside and coast. Often, these images carried the characteristic soft focus of pictorialism, paired with exposures that ranged from remarkably underexposed to almost completely blown out. That is not to say that Seeley was bad at exposing his images, as many others have perfect exposures, rather it was likely a conscious choice in order to achieve a more evocative composition. This is further supported by the medium. Film as we know it today had not been invented yet, and so all of these images were taken on small glass plates. The light-sensitive emulsion was applied directly to the glass, and then exposed the same as any other photograph. However, these were not then enlarged onto paper as they would be today. Instead, these negative transparencies were then transferred via a contact exposure to another glass plate, where the positive image could then be viewed by holding it up to a light source such as a window, or displayed through devices such as a Magic Lantern, which was an early form of a projector. These constraints meant that each image had to be thought out carefully, as there was not a lot of post-processing, and an individual exposure was considerably more expensive than it would be later on in history. This also meant that every plate that I rehoused was likely a one-of-a-kind object that Seeley himself created almost 100 years ago. Once you realize that, you start to handle them even more carefully than before.

    Working with Seeley’s images has been enlightening. Despite the fact that my personal work has been rather abstract for several years, the works of the pictorialists still seemed odd to me. It was difficult to not look at them from the perspective of a modern photographer, where it is demanded that we throw out any image that is out of focus or not properly exposed. After analyzing dozens of these images, however, I feel as though I understand the movement much better now. Often times, the images reminded me of the sort of subjects that I gravitated towards when I was first learning photography. I also came from a background of still-life painting, and so I would typically just walk through the local woods and shoot scenes not unlike Seeley’s. Upon realizing this, it became incredibly clear to me how these images are instrumental to the birth of photography as an art. 

    Almost all of Seeley’s coastal work depicts waves crashing against rocks, but paired with the soft focus, the entire image takes on a quality almost as if the photograph itself is being overcome by the rushing water. I chose this image out of the rest because it was the only one that pulled the frame back, giving it a much more picturesque quality.

    This image immediately stood out to me due to the fact that it was the only double-exposure in the entire collection. While it’s possible this was simply a happy accident, the quality of lights and darks suggests to me that Seeley was experimenting with the concept and was quite successful in this attempt.

    To me, this image is almost an optical illusion. When I first scanned it, I misidentified the bottom half as a negative of a building. It took me a moment before I realized that it was water, and that it was in fact a positive print. In my opinion, that makes this one of the best examples of pictorialism in the collection, as well as one of the most visually intriguing.

    There are not many portraits in this collection, unsurprisingly, but of the few, this is my favorite. It has a very relaxed feeling, almost as if Seeley pulled out his camera and asked the model to hold the pose he was already in.

    Thanks Ben!

    View more Digital Collections. Questions? Contact Special Collections. Check us out on Instagram too!

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