Albin O Kuhn Library Analysis

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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
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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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Kuhn library. Upon arriving at the library, there is an atrium with a café for students to purchase coffee and pastries. Tables and chairs are available in the atrium as well for students who would like to sit and relax. They can also use these to work quietly. The first floor is classified as a non-quiet floor and is the floor with the most resources, including print/copy/scan, the Retriever Learning Center, the Leisure Reading Room, and the Reference/Information Desk. The ability to print/copy/scan is also available on other floors throughout the library. Other non-quiet floors are the east wing of the second floor and the seventh floor. The west wing of the second floor and floors three and four are designated as quiet floors. Floors five and six are “absolutely quiet floor to accommodate users who need completely quiet study environment. My general impression is that the library is committed to provide research and study environment of all student. For those patrons who are physically challenged, the first floor has 1 computer table and 1 study table that are handicap accessible. For students with learning disabilities, there are a variety of accommodations available, including note takers, scribes, and assistance to help make photo copies in the library. In addition, the library has Assistive Technology Rooms, on the first and fourth floor which provides access to variable speed tap record, image enlargement equipment,

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