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Fall Semester Hours Summary

August 29 - December 8, 2017
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 Midnight
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 12:00 Midnight

Sunday, September 3: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 4 (Labor Day): CLOSED
Wednesday, November 22: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving): CLOSED
Friday, November 24: CLOSED
Saturday, November 25: CLOSED

Atrium and Retriever Learning Center: always open. RLC access is by valid UMBC ID card swipe only.

Summer Hours Summary

May 30 - August 19, 2017
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 2 (University Holiday): CLOSED
Monday, July 3 (University Holiday): CLOSED
Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day): CLOSED
Friday, August 11: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Atrium and Retriever Learning Center: always open. RLC access is by valid UMBC ID card swipe only.

Intersession Hours Summary

August 20 - August 28, 2017
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 23: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Atrium and Retriever Learning Center: always open. RLC access is by valid UMBC ID card swipe only.

Places to Study

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

Table and whiteboard in a Study Room

Reservable Study Rooms

These 15 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

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

Open study room doors

Open Study Rooms

These 17 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.
Note: The Library is testing a new service allowing students to reserve Study Rooms. To reserve one of 6 study rooms on the 3rd floor, use this form or try the touchscreen kiosk on the 3rd floor. Let us know what you think!

Individual Study, Conversation Allowed, Reservable

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. To use this room, check out the key from the Check Out Desk.

Availability: Presentation Practice Room

Presentation Space, Conversation Allowed, Group Study, Individual Study

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 39 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 Rooms 121, 122, or 455. They are 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 hosts a coffee shop (Pura Vida hours) and 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.


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Printing in the Library

Where can I print?

  • You can print from any of our computers (except when booted as Linux).
  • 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 using cash on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine
  • Guest card
  • Purchase using a $1 bill (gives you $.50 for printing) on the 1st floor at the Cash-to-Card machine

Equipment Loan

Note: Laptops are now located at the Check Out Desk.

Did you know that the Library now 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 on the 2nd floor - equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please take a moment to read the Equipment Loan Policies and Laptop Loan Policies pages for detailed information about the program.

Check Out in the Digital Media Lab

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Camera 7 out of 8 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Camera 1 out of 3 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Canon Vixia HF R400 4 out of 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripod 10 out of 11 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
H4n handy recorder 4 out of 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Sony Lavalier Microphones 5 out of 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Aaxa P300 Pico Projector Due Back: 08/21/2017
Samsung Portable DVD writer 5 out of 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
SanDisk SD card 4 out of 6 available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Upcoming Events

 Other events scheduled in the Library can be found on the full Events page.

  • Eclipse viewing

    Date: Monday August 21st at 2:00pm

    Summary: Join your fellow UMBC students and colleagues to view the 2017 eclipse on the Library plaza. Bring your own glasses and viewers, or bring your own box and learn how to make a pinhole projector!...

  • EndNote Basic Workshop

    Date: Wednesday October 11th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Learn how to utilize the full range of features included in the web-accessible citation manager. This hands-on workshop will focus on setting up an account, importing and transferring references,...

  • How to Conduct a Preliminary U.S. Patent Search

    Date: Thursday October 26th at 12:00pm

    Summary: Patent searching can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Come learn how to conduct preliminary patent searches of U.S. patents and published applications using free online resources of the...

  • Creating an Academic Research Poster Workshop

    Date: Monday October 30th 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...

Library News

  • AOK Library closing early Friday, August 11
    Facilities Management has engaged an electrical contractor to repair the transformer that feeds the AOK Library & Gallery building.  To undertake the repair, all power to the building will be shut off.

    Because the power is going off at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 11th, we are closing the library at 4:00 pm.  All staff and patrons should be out of the building by 4:00 pm on Friday the 11th.

    The RLC will also close at 4:00 pm due to lack of power.  We anticipate that the RLC will be available again at 8am on Saturday the 12th.

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  • Need research help on the run?
    The AOK Library can now take your questions by text message!  Save us in your contacts as 410-762-4265 (that's 410-762-4AOK). 

    We'll be answering chats during Reference Desk hours.  If you send a message after close, we'll get back to you the next day.

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  • New finding aid for the Society of Protozoologists records

    Special Collections is excited to announce that processing of the Society of Protozoologists records (Collection 13) has recently been completed to include new materials. An updated record of the collection can now be viewed online.

    The Society of Protozoologists records are among the holdings of the Center for Biological Science Archives (CBSA) at UMBC. The collection includes files that document the development and growth of the Society of Protozoologists (currently known as the International Society of Protozoologists) from its founding in 1947 to the 2010s.

    New materials include correspondence, reports, meeting notes, publications, newsletters, media, photographs, and financial statements. The process included rehousing received materials into acid-free folders and boxes and integrating the materials into the existing collection.

    Additionally, two new series were created out of existing and newly received materials. Series VII: Media, Photographs, and Artwork contains figures, photographs, and audio files produced or held by the Society of Protozoologists. And Series VIII: Committees contains correspondence and reports relating to the Society’s various committees including the Business Advisory Committee, the Constitution and By-Law Committee, and the Education Committee. In total the collection is now arranged in eight series: History; Executive Committee; Membership; Meetings; Publications; Affiliated Societies; Media, Photographs, and Artwork; and Committees.

    The completion of this project is due to the help of Special Collections student assistants Graham Johnson and Riley Auer and graduate assistant Sarah Huston. To learn more about the Society of Protozoologists records or to view these materials, check out the new finding aid or stop by and view the collection in person at Special Collections!

    Many thanks to Sarah Huston '17, who served as a graduate assistant in Special Collections from 2015-2017. Sarah assisted with the rehousing of the collection and wrote this post. Thank you, Sarah, we miss you! -- Lindsey Loeper, Archivist

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  • Library will be closed on Monday, July 3
    The University Administration has announced an extra holiday for Monday, July 3, 2017.  As a result, the Library will be closed!

    (The Library will also be closed on Tuesday, July 4 as previously scheduled.)

    Access to the RLC will still be available to UMBC students and staff with a valid UMBC id card.

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  • Full Time Job - Library Services Technician
    Job no: 492361
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Department: Library

    The incumbent will support the mission of the Circulation Department by staffing the department on Saturdays and the early shift on weekdays.  Using various automated systems, the incumbent will process library materials and requests for users in a quick, efficient, and courteous manner and provide support to library patrons needing basic research help or assistance with library technology and equipment.  Specific duties include: assisting with departmental functions such as faculty reserves, patron registration and billing, and building security; performing stacks maintenance using appropriate classification system to shelve, shift, search and shelf read the collection; monitoring the exit control theft prevention system; applying prescribed measures to prevent theft of library materials; and perform other duties as assigned.  

    Hours for this position are: Saturday 10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change to reflect changes in library hours and staffing needs.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:     
    Education Experience:   Requires a High School Diploma or GED and at least one year of library or related clerical or public service experience.  
    Must have: highly effective communication and interpersonal skills; the ability to provide guidance and instructions to student assistants and to organize work to meet conflicting demands while maintaining careful attention to detail; and demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively on a team.  Must be able to exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures and instructions.  Must be proficient in using library technology, software and databases.
    Preferred Qualifications:
    Experience in a customer service environment serving a diverse population, with preference given to experience in a library’s circulation or stacks department strongly desired.

    Closing Date:     June 30, 2017
    Salary: Pay Range 7 (starting at $31,867) based on a University System of Maryland Pay Program.
    Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday - 7:30am - 4:00pm
    FSLA Status: Nonexempt

    UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.

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