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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

End of Spring Semester
May 23 - 24 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Summer Hours

May 25 to August 29, 2024
Building Hours
Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Summer Exceptions
May 27 CLOSED
May 29 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
June 19 CLOSED
July 4 CLOSED
August 19-23 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
August 25 CLOSED
August 26 - 27 8:00 AM to 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.

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Library News

  • Library Services Specialist - Reference
    Job no: 494579
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at UMBC seeks a student-centered and collaborative individual to provide support and engagement to our campus community. Reporting to the Head of Reference & Instruction, the Library Services Specialist will provide reference assistance, collaborative support for First Year Experience programs, outreach, and student employee training and supervision.

    UMBC offers competitive compensation.  This role starts at $48,138 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 2023 Great College to Work for…. In every category.

    A hybrid telework schedule may be available after completing the probationary period.

    This position works collaboratively with the Head of Reference & Instruction, subject librarians, and library student employees to provide essential reference support and outreach to the campus community. Specific responsibilities include: 

    • Provide independent reference assistance in a variety of modalities, including in person, by phone, email, and chat, while referring complex inquiries to subject librarians.

    • Collaborate with subject librarians to provide library support within the First Year Experience programs, including developing instructional videos and tutorials.

    • Coordinate the hiring, training, supervision, and support of Reference student employees.

    • Serve on the library’s outreach committee, and in partnership with other campus units, plan, market, and conduct key outreach events at the library, as well as participate in and support other campus and library outreach events.

    • Assist with general orientations and library workshops.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree

    • One year of experience directly related to the primary duties of the position

    • Ability to learn and apply research skills in an academic setting

    • Knowledge of basic principles of quality customer service and teamwork

    • Interest in working with a diverse population in a supportive manner

    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team, and to exercise initiative in decision-making and managing tasks

    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 ability and/or interest in library orientation and outreach within an academic setting

    • Experience designing and creating learning objects such as videos, tutorials, and other online learning content

    • Organizational and interpersonal skills for effective student supervision

    • Experience with planning and implementing outreach programming

    Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume. Three professional references will be requested when candidates are contacted for interviews. 

    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese (reeset@umbc.edu). 

    Review of application materials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

    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
    Pay Range 10 (starting at $48,138) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program. 

    This is a full-time, regular non-exempt position. Monday-Friday, scheduled work hours end between 5pm and 6pm; infrequent after-hours work for evening events.

    UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here. If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    To read more an apply, please visit the UMBC jobs website.

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  • Library Services Specialist, Cataloging & Database...
    Job no: 494575
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library

    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 Library Services Specialist, Cataloging and Database Maintenance. Duties include a range of cataloging, metadata editing and creation, and database maintenance.

    After an initial training period, telework opportunities may be available, per current campus and Library policies.

    Responsibilities: 
    • Perform copy cataloging of print and special formats materials for both general stacks and Special Collections.  

    • Perform problem solving to complete database maintenance projects within the library catalog.

    • Participate in initiatives related to digitization, special collections access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to share collections with users. 

    • Manage mending and special formats processing activities.

    • Participate in library and campus activities as appropriate. 

    • Contribute to the Libraries' diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree

    • One year of library experience directly related to the primary duties of the position (Related graduate courses equivalent to one year of experience may be substituted for the one year of required experience.)

    NoteAdditional 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.

    • 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: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related field 

    • Progress towards a Library Science master’s degree (MLS or MLIS) will be taken into consideration

    • One or more years working in a library technical services setting.

    • Experience performing copy cataloging.

    • Experience with OCLC Connexion.  

    • Experience using the staff interface of an integrated library or next generation system, such as Alma or OCLC WorldShare.

    Applicants should provide a cover letter and resume. Three professional references will be requested when candidates are contacted for 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 immediately and will continue until the position is 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

    Contingent II positions may include benefits

    Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. Pay Range 10 (starting at $48,138 as of July 1st) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program. This regular non-exempt position is full time (40 hours/week) Monday to Friday with opportunity for telework up to two days a week.

    To learn more and to apply, visit the UMBC jobs website.

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  • Circulation Manager
    Job no: 494517
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Administrative/Professional, Library

    Reporting to the Associate Director of Public Services, the Circulation Manager will be responsible for the efficient and effective administration of Circulation Department operations within the library, including circulation personnel management, financial services for billing operations and daily circulation services. 

    UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role is a regular, full-time exempt position. It starts at $77,000 and has over 4 weeks of vacation for regular full time roles. Tuition remission is also available. A hybrid telework schedule may be available. 

    This role requires a customer-focused and collaborative individual with supervisory experience. As the head of the Circulation Department’s leadership team, the successful candidate will collaborate on strategic priorities, supervision of student assistants, training goals and policies and procedures for the department at large. 

    The candidate will also 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.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree

    • Five years of progressively responsible supervisory experience with a proven record of performance management, creating/implementing policies and procedures and accountability

    • Proven ability to train, delegate, assign and evaluate staff in performing detailed procedures and specific tasks and responsibilities

    • Strong skills in communication and interacting with a diverse staff in a fast-paced environment with fluctuating demands

    • Ability to understand and apply principles of quality customer service, teamwork and conflict resolution 

    • Proven ability in analyzing and solving problems and exercising judgment in resolving or referring to special or non-routine situations

    • Knowledge of the principles and organization of libraries

    • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and Google Suite applications (e.g., mail, calendar, etc.)

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Experience with collaborative work with USMAI or another consortium

    • One of more years of experience with training and supervising supervisors

    • Experience with working in an Academic Library setting

    A background check will be required.  Please upload a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three professional references, including names, email addresses and phone numbers.

    For more information, the complete job description and to apply, please visit the UMBC Jobs site

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  • Accounting Associate
    Job no: 494518
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Administrative/Clerical Support, Business/Accounting/Finance

    Under the direct supervision of the Business Service Specialist, the Accounting Associate will be responsible for performing accounting clerical tasks for both the Library and the Gallery as separate departments.

    UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $40,609 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. A hybrid telework schedule may be available after completing the probationary period.

    Specific responsibilities include:

    • Prepare cash receipt documentation for daily deposit.
    • Process invoices in UMBC PAW for Library Serials and Monographs daily.
    • Process requisitions, contracts and payment requests for all Library Departments. 
    • Process payments using the UMBC purchasing card while maintaining backup documentation. 
    • Process all Library supply orders using the purchasing card or PAW system.
    • Monitoring transactions and budget for accuracy. 
    • Serve as a P-Card reallocator to the Gallery staff. 
    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Four years accounting clerical experience. Customer service experience and/or cash handling and payment processing experience.
    • Must be skilled in performing mathematical computations, operating a calculator and utilizing analytical techniques to reconcile financial data
    • Thorough knowledge of bookkeeping principles, mathematical methods and techniques and accounting standards.
    • The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently with little supervision.

    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: 

    • Ability to prepare written records and reports
    • Experience in PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and PeopleSoft Financial systems is a plus
    • Proficiency in Excel and Google Sheets
    • One year of supervisory experience
    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
    A background check will be required.  Please include a cover letter and your resume along with your application. Open Until Filled. Pay Range 09 (starting at $40,609) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program. This is a regular Full-time nonexempt position. 

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

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  • 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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