Course Reserve Request
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.
Course Reserve Managers
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
Due to the health and safety measures that will be in place during the fall 2020 semester it will be difficult for multiple students to share the same item, such as course reserve texts, reference books, and special collections materials. Library materials cannot be disinfected without damage and the CDC has noted that "SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces." This means that physical items - including books, scores, DVDs, CDs, reference materials, and special collections items in LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives - will need to be quarantined for a time period in between each use. As of May 2020, the Libraries are awaiting results of an Institute of Museum and Library Services study to determine the quarantine length. In addition, campus is planning for multiple scenarios for fall classes and the evolving local situation with COVID-19 may result in a change in how courses are delivered or access to campus buildings or physical materials, even mid-semester.
With this in mind, the Libraries encourage instructors to minimize - and ideally, eliminate - course assignments that require multiple students to use the same physical materials. In many cases the Libraries can acquire an electronic alternative (eBook, streaming video, etc.) but in some cases alternatives may be unavailable or prohibitively expensive. 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. As instructors plan fall courses, we encourage you to work with the Libraries on alternative sources and options, using these contacts: