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 reserves-group@umbc.edu, 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:

Media Booking

Faculty may book media items such as DVDs or CDs for in-class use by completing the Media Booking Form. Please submit your booking request at least one week prior to the date you need the item to ensure its availability, even if it’s on reserve for your course. Booked materials can be picked up at the Check Out Desk.

Regular circulating items will be placed on hold for you and loan for seven days. Reserve items not listed for your class, or reserves that are cross-listed, can only loan for the length of the class needed (unless prior arrangements have been made).


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 sullivan@umbc.edu.


Material Purchasing

Recommend a Purchase

Any UMBC faculty member can request that a book or other material be ordered for the library's collection by using the Material Purchase Request form. Please fill out the form as completely as possible. Your request will then go to the appropriate Library Liaison, a faculty member who approves or rejects potential purchases on his or her department's monograph funds. Library Acquisitions will not act until a request has been approved by a liaison.

If you want to order material to be put on Reserve, please submit your request through the UCORES system. Library Circulation or Library Media staff will submit necessary orders to Acquisitions.

Want more info? Read the Faculty FAQ on Requesting Library Materials.

Liaison Info

Each academic department appoints a Selector or Liaison, who selects and orders library materials in support of the curricular and research needs of their department. The liaison approves all book and media requests placed by or for their department, and monitors his or her department's spending.

Want more info? Read the Liaisons' FAQ.


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

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: https://mdsoar.org/handle/11603/14. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact scholarworks@umbc.edu.

We need your input! Please take 5-10 minutes to let us know about your experiences with MD-SOAR/ScholarWorks@UMBC by taking our brief questionnaire. Your input will help us to make improvements in this exciting, developing resource. Thank you!


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, edurham@umbc.edu


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.