Albin O. Kuhn Library Case Study

Location of the Facility
The Albin O. Kuhn Library (AOK) and Gallery can be found on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). UMBC, an honors college, is located at 1000 Hilltop Circle in Baltimore County, mostly in the community of Catonsville. Spanning across over 500 acres of land, UMBC is three miles outside the Baltimore City limits and is surrounded by BWI Airport, Amtrak train station, bus lines, business, restaurants and other conveniences. The library is named in honor of Albin O. Kuhn, who was UMBC’s first chancellor. The library sits nears the residential halls in the center of the campus.
Purpose of the Facility
As stated in their website, “the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery strives to fulfill the information needs of a research university with distinctive undergraduate and graduate experiences to foster student success. We offer the highest quality resources and services for UMBC 's growing and evolving teaching, learning, research, and service environment.” The main purpose of the facility is to provide its students, both undergraduate and graduate, with space, services, and resources needed in order to be academically successful. Students (individual and groups) come to the library for a quiet place to study, and to access high quality resources, especially technology, that support their study of discipline. Staff is on hand
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Kuhn Library assigns each library item a unique call number according to the Library of Congress Classification (LC) system, by subject. The call number is a unique "address" for that item, and is printed on the spine of each book. Books are placed on the shelves according to these call numbers. Books are shelved from left to right according to the LC system. Books are arranged first by the alphabetical top row, then by the number in the second row, finally by the alphabetical letter and decimal number in the third row:
A – DC 7th

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