Circulation Privileges and Loan Periods

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Undergraduate Students


Material Type Loan Period Renewals
Books, scores, theses/dissertations, circulating government documents 8 weeks 2
Bound journals, unbound journal issues in Robot 2 weeks 1
Reserves Various per instructor's choice (limit: 2 items) 0
Reference materials, microforms, recent unbound journal issues In-library use 0
A/V materials 2 weeks (limit: 10 barcodes) 1
Café Collection (popular reading) Take one leave one No checkout required
Women’s Center (105 Haag Hall) 8 weeks 2
MERLIN materials Varies per lending library 2
MOBIUS books (20 items total) 4 weeks (limit: 20 items) 2
MOBIUS A/V materials (20 items total) 10 days (limit: 20 items) 0
Equipment (iPads, chargers, etc.) Varies Varies

 

Graduate and Professional Students


Material Type Loan Period Renewals
Books, scores, theses/dissertations, circulating government documents End of semester 2
Bound journals, unbound journal issues in Robot 2 weeks 1
Reserves Various per instructor’s choice (limit: 2 items) 0
Reference materials, microforms, recent unbound journal issues In-library use 0
A/V materials 2 weeks (limit: 10 barcodes) 1
Café Collection (popular reading) Take one leave one No checkout required
Women’s Center 8 weeks 2
MERLIN materials Varies per library 2
MOBIUS books (20 items max) 4 weeks (limit: 20 items) 2
MOBIUS A/V materials (20 items total) 10 days (limit: 20 items) 0
Equipment (iPads, chargers, etc.) Varies Varies

 

Faculty and Staff


Material Type Loan Period Renewals
Books, scores, theses/dissertations, circulating government documents 160 days 6 (UMKC faculty & staff)
Bound journals, unbound journal issues in Robot 2 weeks 1
Reserves Various per instructor's choice (limit: 2 items) 0
Reference materials, microforms, recent unbound journal issues In-library use 0
A/V materials 2 weeks (10 barcodes max) 1
Café Collection (popular reading) Take one leave one No checkout required
Women’s Center (105 Haag Hall) 8 weeks 2
MERLIN materials Varies per library 2
MOBIUS books 4 weeks (30 items max) 2
MOBIUS A/V materials 10 days (30 items max) 0
Equipment (iPads, chargers, etc.) Varies Varies

 

Paid Members of the Guest Borrower Program, Contributing Members of the Alumni Association, or Voting Members of the UMKC Friends of the Library Program


Material Type Loan Period Renewals
Books, scores, theses/dissertations, circulating government documents 8 weeks (5 items max) 2
Bound journals, unbound journal issues in Robot In-library use 0
Reserves Not available 0
Reference materials, microforms, recent unbound journal issues In-library use 0
A/V materials In-library use (photo ID required) 0
Café Collection (popular reading) Take one leave one No checkout required
Women’s Center (105 Haag Hall) Not available 0
MERLIN materials Not available 0
MOBIUS books Not available 0
Equipment (iPads, chargers, etc.) Not available 0

 

Courtesy Card and Guest Researcher Program Users


Material Type Loan Period Renewals
Books, scores, theses/dissertations, circulating government documents 8 weeks (20 items max) 2
Bound journals, unbound journal issues in Robot In-library use 0
Reserves Not available 0
Reference materials, microforms, recent unbound journal issues In-library use 0
A/V materials In-library use (photo ID required) 0
Café Collection (popular reading) Take one leave one No checkout required
Women’s Center (105 Haag Hall) Not available 0
MERLIN materials Not available 0
MOBIUS materials Not available 0
Equipment (iPads, chargers, etc.) Not available 0

 

Distance/Online Students

Distance students live outside of the Kansas City Metro area, which is defined as:

  • Missouri counties: Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, Cass
  • Kansas counties: Leavenworth, Wyandotte, Johnson, Miami

Every student is an online student, but Online students primarily take online or hybrid classes and are not always (or ever) on campus.

Obtaining Library Materials as a Distance/Online Student
  • All students have access to UMKC electronic resources, including scholarly journals, e-books, and databases.
  • Request scans of articles/chapters from UMKC Libraries' print materials or from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan and they will be delivered electronically.
  • Loan periods on physical materials (books, DVDs, etc.) for Distance/Online students are based on status (whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student). 
  • Online students living in the Kansas City Metro area can request physical materials through UMKC, MERLIN, MOBIUS, and Interlibrary Loan and pick them up at the Miller Nichols Library, the Health Sciences Library, or the Dental Library.

 

For Distance/Online students living in Missouri, outside the Kansas City Metro area:

  • Pick-up UMKC, MERLIN, and MOBIUS physical materials from the closest MOBIUS pick-up location
  • For materials not available from UMKC, MERLIN, or MOBIUS, work with Interlibrary Loan services and collections at local libraries whenever possible. Most public libraries offer Interlibrary Loan.
    • If a local library cannot meet your need, indicate that you are a distance/online student in your Interlibrary Loan account, and request that your materials be mailed to you (U.S. addresses only).
    • Note: you will be responsible for adhering to due dates and for paying return postage to UMKC Libraries.

 

For Distance/Online students living outside Missouri and the Kansas City Metro area:

  • Work with Interlibrary Loan services and collections at local libraries whenever possible. Most public libraries offer Interlibrary Loan.
    • If a local library cannot meet your need, indicate that you are a distance/online student in your Interlibrary Loan account, and request that your materials be mailed to you (U.S. addresses only).
    • Note: you will be responsible for adhering to due dates and for paying return postage to UMKC Libraries.

 

Checkout Locations, Renewals, Returns

Locations to Checkout Materials

Materials not specified below First Floor Service Desk or Music/Media Desk (ground floor)
Reserves (general) First Floor Service Desk
Reserves (music & audiovisual) Music/Media Desk (ground floor)
Audiovisual materials Music/Media Desk (ground floor)
Interlibrary loan, MERLIN & MOBIUS loans First Floor Service Desk
Women's Center 105 Haag Hall

 

Renewing materials
  • Online via "My Library Account" in the library catalog 
  • Call the First Floor Service Desk (816) 235-1526 or Music/Media Desk (816) 235-1675
  • In person at the First Floor Service Desk or Music/Media Desk

 

Return materials:

Materials not specified below First Floor Service Desk, Music/Media Desk, or Outdoor book drop (at north library entrance)
Reserves Desk where they were borrowed
Audiovisual materials Music/Media Desk (ground floor)
Interlibrary Loan First Floor Service Desk
Women's Center 105 Haag Hall

 

Overdue Materials:
  • Regular loans:  Materials more than one month overdue (more than 1 week overdue for audio visual items) will be billed at a $120 replacement fee.
  • Recalled materials:  Fine of $1/day, maximum $75.
  • Reserve materials overdue fines:
    • Hourly and overnight check out:  $5 first hour, $.25/hour thereafter
    • Daily checkout: $5 first day, $1/day thereafter
Public Lockers for Students

The Miller Nichols Library has lockers available for 7-day checkout to UMKC students. The lockers are located on the first floor with 12 lockers in the elevator hallway and 16 lockers in the Robot Café area. Each locker has electrical outlets, allowing students to charge laptops and cell phones. Keys to the lockers may be checked out at the First Floor Service Desk.

Renewals of lockers are not guaranteed and are only allowed if there are 3 other lockers available for student checkout at the time the renewal is requested.   If fewer than 3 lockers are available, the patron must return the key but will be eligible to check out a locker the next day pending availability.  Overdue lockers will accrue an overdue fine of $5 first day; $1 per day thereafter.

 

RooBooks Office Delivery of Books

Any UMKC faculty or staff member who has a Volker or Hospital Hill campus department delivery address may request that their library books be sent directly to their campus address instead of having to pick the books up at the library.

  • From the Catalog: Depending on your office location, select a pickup location of either RooBooks Nichols Library or RooBooks HSL.
  • From Interlibrary Loan: If the item is available for RooBooks delivery, change the delivery method from PICKUP to RooBooks.
Details

Not all items are eligible for RooBooks delivery. Oversized items, items with short loan periods, or items that would sustain damage during mailing will need to be picked up.

Once the library has processed your item, RooBooks deliveries take 2-3 days to arrive at your campus office address. If you have not received your RooBooks delivery, check the person in your building or department who handles the mail.

Patron Responsibility

When you request a book to be sent directly to your office, you are taking responsibility for the book from the moment we check it out on your library record until the time you return it to the library.

Returning Your RooBooks

Mail your items back to the Miller Nichols Library (via Campus or U.S. Mail), drop them in the outdoor book drop on the north side of Miller Nichols Library, or return them to a book drop at the Miller Nichols Library, the Health Sciences Library, or the Dental Library.

We're happy to answer questions about your library account! Contact us in-person at the First Floor Service Desk, E-mail the Circulation Services Department, or call the Circulation Services Department at (816) 235-1526.