Our Space

Getting to Our Space

The Women’s Center is located in The Commons on the Ground Floor in Room 004. We are located between the Dunkin’ Donuts and the elevator. Two all-gender restrooms with diaper changing stations are located near our Center on the Ground Floor of The Commons.

By Car: From Hilltop Circle turn onto Commons Drive. Park in the Commons Lot (to your left as you approach campus).

By Foot: Enter the Commons from the lowest level. The Center is to the right through the open space lobby next to the Dunkin’ Donuts.

Directions to UMBC

The closest visitor parking is located in the Commons Garage, which is located just off of Commons Drive. Visitor parking is $2.00 per hour and payable at self-service stations by MasterCard, Visa or exact currency. Visitor parking is enforced Monday-Friday from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm.  A full parking map is available here.


Community Lounge

The Women’s Center has the following spaces available for UMBC community members. All are welcome!

The Women’s Center operates as a safe space and brave space. Please read our brave space guidelines.


Our lounge space is open throughout the week. All are welcome to hang out, eat lunch, meet with friends, study, or relax between classes. In addition to the much-loved sofas and beanbags, our lounge space includes our lending library, a student work table, a visitor computer, and the assistant director’s office.


We have condoms (internal and external), menstrual products, lotion, bandaids, and a few other supplies available for those times you find yourself in need. (Please keep in mind that we rely on donations for these items!)

The interior of the Maxine Tracy Wellness Room hosts a comfortable gray couch, muted red walls, soft warm lighting, a trashbin, and shelf with a sound machine and breast pump.


The Maxine Tracy Wellness and Lactation Room is a private space for lactation, prayer, meditation, or quiet reflection. The room includes a hospital grade breast pump that is available for use. For more information on how to access the lactation room either during or after our hours of operation, contact us via email at womenscenter@umbc.edu.

kitchenette with small refrigerator, microwave, and sink


The kitchenette is available for community members to store and reheat their lunch as well as enjoy complimentary coffee and tea.*

We also are a Retriever Essentials site with both grocery bags for people to pick up and free food (typically snacks and staple items like bread, oatmeal, soup, etc.) available to eat in our lounge or to take home.

Space Reservations

The Women’s Center lounge can be reserved for groups or departments hosting events or meetings that reflect the Women’s Center mission. All requests to reserve the lounge must be submitted through the 25Live scheduling system for processing and are subject to approval. A nominal fee may be assessed for space reservations, which helps to support Women’s Center programming and resources for the UMBC community. Please contact Women’s Center staff if you have any questions about hosting an event in the Center.

Maxine Tracy Wellness and Lactation Room Reservations

The Women’s Center lactation and wellness room can be reserved during our operation hours (Fall/Spring Semester Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am – 5:30pm, Friday: 10am-4pm; Summer/Winter Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 10am-3pm). Our space is also available outside of our hours of operation when The Commons is open through reservations only.  Please reserve the space using this form.