HSL Requests & Services


Borrowing materials

To check out items please have an institutional photo identification card. You are financially responsible for all items checked out to your library account and for the return of those materials.UMKC faculty, staff and students and Hospital Hill staff may check out materials from the Health Sciences Library. Businesses or individuals without UMKC affiliation may purchase a membership to the Guest Researcher Program in order to obtain checkout privileges.


Loan Periods
Books, Dvds 4 weeks
Reserve Items varies (please inquire at desk)
Reference books & Core texts non-circulating


Renew online, by telephone or in person. Books may be renewed twice. Journals may be renewed once. Holds may be placed on items checked out to others. Patrons will be notified when items are available. Items on hold may not be renewed.


Please return books to the Circulation Desk during library hours. After hours use the book drop located outside the library entrance.


When an item becomes overdue, we send reminders requesting return. The third notice is a bill and borrowing privileges are suspended until the item is returned.

For more information regarding borrowing HSL materials, please call or email contact Linda Fox at (816)-235-1887

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan


The library will attempt to obtain from other libraries any materials not available in the Health Sciences Library. This service is provided for our primary clientele (UMKC students and faculty and persons affiliated with the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Biological Sciences) Charges and response time will vary depending on the item requested. For more information regarding HSL interlibrary loans, please call (816) 235-1586.

If you would like to request your Interlibrary Loans on-line, please use our electronic Interlibrary Loan form. For assistance in ordering books or articles, see the guide "Ordering Books and Articles from Other Libraries."

Document Delivery Suppliers. These are commercial organizations that will get you the article you need usually in 24 hours for a fee. You will need a credit card to pay for the service and some way to receive the article, usually a fax machine number. A Web page that lists many document delivery suppliers is located at http://www.library.vcu.edu/tml/docsupp/. These suppliers are listed alphabetically; we recommend you check out the delivery guarantee before ordering.

For more information, please see our page, Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan.

Reference Services

HSL Reference

A reference librarian is normally available to offer reference assistance from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If the Reference Desk is not staffed, inquire at the Circulation Desk or send the librarians an email. Librarians are always happy to assist you in finding information you need.


Printing information for UMKC students, faculty and staff can be found on the Printing LibGuide. A direct link to the printing website is https://labweb.umkc.edu:9192/user 

Public Scanner

The library no longer has any photocopy machines, but we have one scanner for everyone to use which is located near the circulation desk. If you want to copy something, simply scan it and either save it to your flash drive or email it to yourself. If you need a paper copy you can print your scans on the library printers.

All photocopying in the Health Sciences Library is subject to the provision of the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17).

Connecting to WiFi at UMKC

UMKC students, faculty, and staff can connect to the library's WiFi by using their UMKC username and password.  Detailed instructions on how to connect to the WiFi that are specific to your device can be found on UMKC's information services website:http://www.umkc.edu/is/wireless/ 

Laptop users also have the ability to print via UMKC WiFi, and detailed instructions for WiFi Printing can be found on the Printing Libguide: http://libguides.library.umkc.edu/printing/wifiprinting.

If you continue to have trouble connecting to WiFi or with WiFi printing, please ask for help at the circulation desk.

Library Instruction Program

A variety of classes are offered on subjects such as searching MEDLINE and finding quality consumer health information. Individual instruction can be arranged by emailing or calling Sue Sykes Berry Instruction Librarian at (816) 235-1874, or stopping by the library.

Disability Services

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