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Library Hours

Spring Hours

January 29 to May 24, 2024
Building Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Spring Exceptions
Sunday, March 17 to Wednesday, March 20 CLOSED for Spring Break
Thursday, March 21 to Friday, March 22 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 23 CLOSED
Sunday, March 24 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Extended Hours May 13th - May 21st
Sunday 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Monday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 01:00 AM
Friday 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

End of Semester
Wednesday May 22 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday May 23 to Friday May 24 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Please make an appointment to use a study space and to visit Special Collections.


Places to Study

Choose one or more to find the right space for you:




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 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.

  • Enhance Your All of Us Research Learning R

    Date: Monday March 4th at 12:00am

    Summary: Join Dr. Eric Stokan to learn how to download R, install R, R Studio, and R markdown as well as load datasets of different forms (csv, Excel, Stata, SPSS, json, etc.). For All of Us users, you do...


  • Research & Publication Workshop: CAHSS Faculty Perspective

    Date: Monday March 4th at 3:00pm

    Summary: Publishing your work is considered one of the primary pillars of a research project. Graduate students can feel pressure to publish as part of their graduate experience. Some use their...


  • Enhance Your All of Us Research Learning R

    Date: Tuesday March 5th at 11:00am

    Summary: In this session, join Dr. Eric Stokan to learn the basics for inspecting and manipulating datasets, creating subsets of data, creating and renaming variables, handling missing data, using...


  • Stepping up your Research Game: Searching Strategically

    Date: Wednesday March 6th at 12:00pm

    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...


  • How to Write a STEM Literature Review (Advanced)

    Date: Thursday March 7th 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.


  • Enhance Your All of Us Research Learning R

    Date: Friday March 8th at 11:00am

    Summary: In this session, join Dr. Eric Stokan to learn how to simply generate summary statistics for raw data and by group.  Attendees will do this for both continuous and categorical variables. ...


  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Using PowerPoint

    Date: Monday March 11th 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...


  • Enhance Your All of Us Research Learning R

    Date: Tuesday March 12th at 11:00am

    Summary: In this session, participants will learn how to merge distinct datasets.  This may be useful if you want to append All of Us data with your own customized dataset that you upload.  We will learn...


  • All of Us Research Program Info Session

    Date: Thursday March 14th at 12:00pm

    Summary: The All of Us Research Program, an initiative spearheaded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to accelerate health research discoveries that enable individualized healthcare by building one...


  • Enhance Your All of Us Research Learning R

    Date: Friday March 15th at 11:00am

    Summary: In this session, attendees will explore how to easily analyze their data.  Dr. Eric Stokan will cover such analytic techniques as hypothesis testing using t-tests, correlations, and ANOVA.  He...



Library News

  • Farewell to the Virtual Study Room
    The Library's Virtual Study Room is graduating! We have been proud to offer this online study and support space as a resource for students, especially during and in the years following COVID. As we move forward, the VSR will be closing down on December 21 to allow us to prioritize other library services. 

    It has been a pleasure to watch the VSR grow over the past years and we know it has been a special place for many of you! We look forward to seeing you in the Library and hope you will continue to take advantage of all that we have to offer.
     
    A huge thank you to our student staff who developed, supported, and maintained the space in Discord: noshsplice1, wingsofmorning, and theclowncorp. You're the best!

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  • Laptop loans paused
    Laptop loans will be paused beginning on December 20 and all machines will be due back to the library. They will be available again on January 2, 2024.

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  • ICPSR Short Workshops
    Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program short workshops feature instruction in a specific statistical technique or research method over the period of a week or two. They offer short workshops in a range of topics, including machine learning, mixed methods, causal inference, quantitative methods to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, and more.

    For online short workshops, you can participate synchronously via Zoom or watch lecture recordings asynchronously at your convenience. ICPSR also offers several in-person short workshops for those topics that rely on in-person learning and collaboration. In ICPSR short workshops, you’ll have direct access to  exceptional faculty, as well as extended access to lecture recordings and workshop materials until December 31, 2023.

    UMBC is a member of ICPSR so anyone affiliated with UMBC attend at the member price. 

    For more information on ICPSR short workshops and other summer programs, visit the program overview.

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  • ORCID Workshop for Researchers
    When: Thurs. May 11, 2023 at 2-3pm Eastern/ 1-2pm Central/ 12-1pm Mountain/11am-12pm Pacific

    Getting and using your free ORCID iD and ORCID record can help you save time and get credit for your work in funding, publishing, and research reporting workflows. Funding organizations, publishers, and research institutions are increasingly requiring or asking for ORCID iDs from researchers, so this workshop will help you make sure you are ahead of the game.

    In this workshop, we will cover:
    ● An overview of the benefits of ORCID for researchers
    ● How ORCID can help you save time throughout the research landscape
    ● Tips and tricks for keeping your ORCID record up-to-date

    No prior experience with ORCID necessary. The session recording will be sent to all who register. See you there!

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

    *Located in room 216H next to Honors College

    Find info about our policies, equipment availability, and recording spaces at tinyurl.com/aok-dml.

    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

    Coming soon: T8i cameras, new lights, and new microphones

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