Research & Material Accessibility
While library stacks are somewhat accessible, library personnel can retrieve materials upon request. If requesting many items, advanced notice is preferable. Books from UMKC requested directly through the MERLIN library catalog are usually ready for pick up by the next afternoon (excluding weekends).
Assistance in Obtaining Your Borrowed Materials
A Proxy Account will allow you to grant any other person temporary access to your library account on your behalf:
- Contact Scott Laurent to register with UMKC Disability Services.
- Complete the Proxy Borrowing Form to establish your Proxy Account.
Consult the Proxy Account Policy for further details on this service.
Scanning and Printing
Students can scan materials using the scanner in the front Reading Room of the library. Scans can be saved to flash drives, or emailed to any valid email account. Scanners are accessible, but may not meet all needs. If students wish to copy print materials, they must first scan and save or email them. Students may print from library computers using their student print quota. For more complete information, please visit the Printing and Scanning Guide. Assistance using the scanner is available.
The Dental Library has one study room that can be reserved by UMKC students, faculty, or staff members. In addition, study tables, carrels, and a lounge area are available.
Assistance using facilities and resources is available at the Main Services desk in person, or via phone or email, or chat. Reference staff can assist patrons in using the MERLIN Library Catalog, online databases, the Internet, and other research materials. Basic reference assistance is available whenever the library is open; however, in-depth research questions may require a longer consultation that will be provided by appointment.
Online Databases and Catalog
The University Libraries' databases and catalog, like some websites, do not always work well with screen readers and adaptive technology. Although we urge companies to increase the accessibility of these products, we don't have control of their usability. If you are unable to or unsure of how to use the databases or catalog, we can assist you in your research with:
- Instruction in how to use a database or catalog.
- A research consultation in which we facilitate your use of the database.
- Librarians searching the databases and providing results and articles for your review.
- Training in which we describe the database/catalog interface and how a screen reader interacts with it.
Library Instruction Sessions
In addition to individual instruction and research consultations, the Library offers instruction sessions to entire classes. The Dental Library Instructional Resource/computer lab has twenty-seven workstations that are not adjustable. If you are coming to the library with your class and have specific needs, please feel free to contact the library or ask your instructor to contact the librarian teaching your class.