The Library & Gallery will re-open by appointment only on July 6. Details on the reopening plan will be posted on myUMBC and the website.

Faculty Services

The AOK Library provides many services for UMBC Faculty. We've gathered them here for your convenience.

Questions? Contact us at: 410-455-2346
Email the Reference Department
Fax: 410-455-1906

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Posting Course Reserves

Hard-copy and E-reserves

The Kuhn Library now provides access to course reserves through Ares from Atlas Systems. This new software seamlessly integrates with Blackboard for streamlined availability and processing.

Please submit all course reserves requests directly from your course site in Bb. Information on submitting materials for course reserve can be found on our instructor’s guide page (download PDF) Questions? Email, call 410-455-2354, visit our Course Reserves Information page, or stop by the Check-Out desk at the Library.

Course reserve materials should be submitted at least two weeks before students will need them for class. If the library does not own an item, please allow additional time for ordering and processing.

To speed the process along, you can:

Library Instruction

Library instruction engages students in creative and critical thinking about research and information resources. Our work supports students as knowledge creators, lifelong learners, and participants in scholarly conversations. Instruction librarians can:

Faculty members, please contact a Subject Librarian to discuss your instructional goals and options for how to reach them. Use the Instruction Request Form to schedule a session for your class.

Note: Non-UMBC or high school instructors, please contact Katy Sullivan directly at

Monographic Purchasing Procedures During the COVID-19 Campus Closure:

While we hope to be able to provide the exact items needed, it is often not possible. Please consider alternative resources. Consult the Libguides and your reference librarians for assistance.

If you are a faculty member who wants to order material to be put on Reserve, please submit your request through the Reserves system. Library Circulation or Library Media staff will submit necessary orders to Acquisitions.

Liaison Info

Each academic department appoints a Selector, who works with an assigned Reference Librarian, to select and order library materials in support of the curricular and research needs of their department.

Interlibrary Loan

ILL is available at no charge to current UMBC faculty, students and staff. However, a cap may be set on the dollar amount requested for payment.

Although Interlibrary Loan gives you access to many more resources, it may take longer than other means of access. The average delivery time is 5-10 business days. Always start your research early for the best results. You may want to contact the Reference Desk for assistance in locating other in-house or online materials.

Linking to Library Content

Library Webpages

You can simply copy the URL from your browser's address bar to link to any Library webpage.

Databases and Journals

The databases and journals that the Library provides access to are paid resources and usually require that users sign in with their UMBC ids. This makes linking to them slightly trickier.

Faculty Study Rooms

The Library has set aside 33 study rooms exclusively for faculty use. They are assigned for a semester at a time. Follow the link above for more details and the application form.


ScholarWorks@UMBC is an institutional repository (IR) that collects, preserves, and provides public access to the scholarly output of UMBC. Contributors can share and preserve a wide range of research products, such as: articles, papers, books, technical reports, data and code, and exemplary student work.

To start contributing, please review our guide to submitting.

ScholarWorks@UMBC is available at: If you have questions or would like more information, please contact

Streaming Video Services

UMBC provides access to many streaming video databases, listed here:

OER: Open Educational Resources

OER materials are any educational resources (textbooks, supplementary materials, videos, homework, lesson plans, assessments, etc.) that are openly licensed. These materials can be freely used, revised, and tailored to best suit the needs of your course. Using OER helps relieve the financial burden on students, increase GPA, and lower DFW rates (Colvard, et. al. 2018) . To learn more, feel free to attend an OER workshop, check out the Library OER Workshop slides, the Maryland Open Source Textbook (M.O.S.T) Initiative , and the OER resource guide. If you have questions or are interested in receiving support for exploring and/or adopting OER, feel free to contact Erin Durham, Reference & Instruction Librarian,

Open Access Resources

Open access (OA) refers to freely available, digital, online information. OA scholarly literature is free of charge and often carries less restrictive copyright and licensing barriers than traditionally published works for both the users and the authors. A 2016 UMBC Faculty Senate Open Access Resolution encourages faculty to seek OA venues for their work that will disseminate research as widely as possible. Many OA journals comply with well-established peer-review processes and maintain high publishing standards. Traditionally published journal articles that aren’t OA can usually be posted in ScholarWorks@UMBC to provide OA when the publisher allows for archiving in repositories. To learn more about OA and OA publishing options, see our Guide to Open Access.

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)

ORCIDs are digital identifiers that distinguish individual researchers from one another and help ensure research works are properly attributed. Your ORCID iD and record can stay with you over the course of your career despite changes in name, institution, location, discipline, etc. ORCID is used across the globe in multiple languages. ORCID also helps save time and reduce data entry by allowing individuals to import and share information from their profiles with other systems used by funding agencies, publishers, and research organizations. Anyone can register for an ORCID iD for free. Learn more about creating an ORCID profile.