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Fall Semester Hours Summary

August 29 - December 7, 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.

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 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. 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 4 out of 8 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Canon EOS Rebel T5i Camera Due Back: 10/24/2017
Canon Vixia HF R400 1 out of 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Manfrotto MKC3-H01 Tripod 8 out of 11 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
H4n handy recorder 3 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 1 out of 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Samsung Portable DVD writer 5 out of 5 available on a first-come, first-served basis.
SanDisk SD card 6 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.

  • 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

  • Find a Quiet Place to Study

    The third and fourth floors of the AOK Library are Quiet areas.  These are good places to study if you don’t mind the occasional whisper or vibrating phone.

    The fifth and sixth floors of the AOK Library are designated Absolute Quiet areas at all times.  If you need an environment free from talking, cell phones, or any other noise sources, these are the floors for you!  Library staff walk through the area periodically to enforce quiet rules, but you can also report violations to the Security Desk at 410-455-2331 or Circulation Department staff at 410-455-2354.

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  • Research tutorials: Learn anywhere, at your own pace
    Our self-guided tutorials cover a variety of useful research skills. These tutorials are available in a variety of formats. Some are videos and some are web pages (interactive and static). Many have been produced by other libraries.

    You’ll find great topics such as:

    Research Basics        


    Understanding Sources        


    Finding Resources       


    For more topics, browse the full list.

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  • Fines happen. What’s the next step?
    We’ve all been there - sometimes the date slips your mind, and next thing you know you’ve got overdue library books!  So what happens next?

    First off: don’t panic!  The fine for late books or DVDs is only $0.50 per day!  Other fines, like for laptops and equipment, are a little higher.  You can check the full list of fine amounts here: http://library.umbc.edu/circulation.php#fees  

    If you can’t get to the library immediately, try renewing the item.  You’ll still have the original fines, but you’ll stop accruing more.  (Note: not all items can be renewed.  For example, a recalled book cannot be renewed this way.  But it’s worth a try!)

    When you’re ready to pay your fine, head to the Check Out Desk. Payment options are Campus Cash, credit card, or check. (Note: you can only pay your bill at the library for the first 30 days.  After that, the Student Business Office takes over.)

    Do you have a question about your fine?  You can contact the Circulation Department for answers at 410-455-2354. If you would like to appeal a fine, please fill out the Library Fine Appeal Form.

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  • Celebrating American Archives Month!
    It's October, and you know what that means - American Archives Month! This year the Library will be sharing highlights from the Special Collections department on our social media accounts. Get a sneak peak at new donations, items from UMBC's own history, and the unique items that our staff members are excited to share with everyone!

    You can follow along on Facebook (@aoklibrary), Twitter (@umbclibrary), and Instagram (@umbclibrary) all month long.

    Want to see how we celebrated in the past? Online exhibits, essays, and recommended book lists are available on the Special Collections Archives Month webpage.

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  • We know you need brain fuel...
    Food is allowed in AOK Library and the RLC.  Drinks are too, but in a covered container please!  We do ask that you avoid pricey equipment like photocopiers, printers, computers, microform readers, the Digital Media Lab, and Special Collections.

    Spills sometimes happen - please clean up as best you can and alert library staff so they can check books and furniture for damage. Paper towels are available in the bathroom if you need them.

    And when you’re finished, toss your trash in a bin!  There are several on each floor.  Happy studying!

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