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Course Reserve Request

Guidance for using library materials while teaching online

Due to limitations resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic, physical course reserves for summer and fall 2020 semesters should be reconsidered in favor of electronic alternatives or digitized materials. The Libraries can assist with locating those options.
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What can be placed on reserve?

  • Physical materials owned by UMKC Libraries
    • Kept at appropriate desk and circulated to students for specified time periods.
  • Instructor's personal copies of materials
    • If the library does not own a copy, instructors may place their personal copy on reserve or request that the library purchase a copy.
    • The library will take precautions to safeguard materials but assumes no liability.

How reserves work with your students.

  • Students may gain access to materials at the library service desks.
  • Physical course reserves are also searchable in the library catalog.


Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf, doc, docx, xls and xlsx
If yes, please indicate personal copies in the citation box and deliver them to the appropriate desk.

Course Reserve Managers

  • Larry Ruzich

    Liz Johnson Miller Nichols Library (816) 235-1527

  • Debbie Keeton

    Debbie Keeton Music/Media Library (816) 235-5293

  • Linda M. Fox

    Linda M. Fox Health Sciences Library (816) 235-1887

  • Student Course Reserve Requests

    Course reserves are listed in the Library Catalog under the course and/or instructor name. Please visit a library service desk to borrow materials on reserve for your course.

    Course Reserves Procedures in Effect for COVID-19

    In fall 2020, the Libraries will quarantine most library materials for four days between each use. Therefore, we encourage instructors to use online reserves wherever possible. You should also minimize – and ideally, eliminate – all assignments that will require multiple students to use the same physical materials such as reference books or special collections materials. Our Teaching Online page includes guidance on uploading articles and book chapters to Canvas and requesting streaming videos. The Libraries can often purchase eBooks. LaBudde Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives may be able to digitize their unique materials. Acquiring electronic alternatives and digitizing materials will take time, and in some cases electronic options will be unavailable or prohibitively expensive. As instructors plan fall courses, we encourage you to work with the Libraries on alternative sources and options. See guidance on teaching online, or use these contacts:

    Why is the Library quarantining materials? Library materials cannot be disinfected without damage and an Institute of Museum and Library Services study has found that the SARS-COV-2 may live up to 4 days on library materials. Therefore, we will quarantine materials for four days in between each use.