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Faculty Resources

Library Instruction

UMKC Libraries offers instruction in developing the information literacy skills needed to locate, analyze, and evaluate information. Our classroom at Miller Nichols Library can accommodate classes with a maximum of 30 students. For larger classes, a librarian can come to your classroom. Request an instruction session for your class.

Placing Items on Reserve

Reserves are materials to be used by students in your course, made available by the library.

  • After making a course reserve request, allow up to 1 week for the library to process reserves before assigning students to use them.
  • Materials are removed from physical reserve and personal copies returned to the instructor at the end of each semester unless otherwise arranged.

Book Purchase Requests

If you would like the library to purchase a book so that it may be used in one of your classes, please use the Book Purchase Request Form. The library does not buy textbooks for the sole purpose of serving as required course materials. If you need materials solely for your own research, use interlibrary loan. UMKC has an e-book preferred policy.

Granting Access to your Library Account

Instructors can complete the Proxy Account Application Form to grant co-instructors or student teachers temporary access to their library account on their behalf. Read the full Proxy Account Policy for further details.

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. Read the full Roobooks Policy for further details.

  • 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.


  • Faculty Guides

    Linking to Library Resources
    Create durable links to library resources

    Make your research open and accessible

    Video for Instructors
    Streaming video for course use

    Open Educational Resources
    Textbook Affordability at UMKC

    Creative Commons For Faculty and Student Writers
    Legal & technical tools for web content creators

    Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Reading List
    Reading list of materials owned by the library

    Options for incorporating copyrighted material in your class.

    Course Sharing