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Resources for Students

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Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery

The AOK Library and Gallery fulfills the information needs of a research university with a distinctive undergraduate and graduate experience. It houses over 1 million books and supports over 33,000 current subscriptions. A UMBC ID card is required to take out books. The library also offers ample space for collaborative and silent study.

It also serves as a centralized location for a number of important campus learning resources:

Tutorial Center – The Tutorial Center provides general tutoring for 100- and 200-level courses not covered by the Math Lab or the Writing Center. It is run by the LRC (see below).

Math Lab – The Math Lab is a walk-in tutoring center designed to support the most high demand Math courses at UMBC. It is staffed by qualified math tutors. It is run by the LRC (see below).

Writing Center – The Writing Center provides tutoring in writing to all UMBC students. Tutors will help with writing assignments, resumes, application essays, personal statements, letters and personal writing.  Students should bring the assignment and two typed copies of a draft; tutoring sessions usually last about 45 minutes. It is run by the LRC (see below).

Technology Support Center (TSC) – The Technical Support Center is the central hub for all information related to computing technologies at UMBC. This includes being the first point of contact for those with computing questions or problems. If you have a computing problem, this should be your first stop. It is a run by DoIT.

Retriever Learning Center – Opened in September 2011, the Retriever Learning Center (RLC) is a convivial space for social learning located in the library. Students may use the space to meet with study groups, plan a presentation or simply get some work done among their peers. Some tutoring may also take place here.

Learning Resources Center

The Learning Resources Center (LRC) is responsible for administering all these tutoring services at UMBC as well as providing placement testing and supplemental instruction. It is located on the 3rd floor of Sherman Hall.

Supplemental Instruction – Sometimes known as the SI program, Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program that uses peer-assisted study sessions. It targets historically difficult courses, rather than students. Supplemental Instructors are students who have earned a high grade in the specific class for which they are SI’s. It is a program of the LRC and is located on the 3rd floor of Sherman Hall.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS) is designed for students who are low-income, first generation college students, and students with disabilities from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who have a need for academic and other support services in order to successfully complete their college education. Students must apply to this office to document the need for accommodations. SSS provides resources for understanding some of these student differences.