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COVID-19 and the Libraries

The ground floor entrance to Miller Nichols Library is not available. Masks must be worn in the library at all times except when actively eating or drinking. The library is for individual work only; no group study is allowed. Users entering the library will be required to complete a paper form stating these guidelines. Feel free to complete the form online before coming to the library.

Library Building Access

Enter the library through an entrance to the Miller Nichols Learning Center. The ground floor library entrance is not available. To use the ground floor entrance for accessibility reasons, call (816) 235-1675 when you arrive.

Health Sciences Library access requires card swipe access to the School of Medicine Building.

Library Building Guidelines

To use the library facilities safely:

  • Single study only. One person per table. One person per room. UMKC policy does not allow exceptions for roommates or family members.
  • Masks are required at all times. This includes study rooms with the door closed. You may remove your mask briefly while actively eating or drinking.
  • Policies are in accordance with UMKC policy. If you violate the polices while in the library you will be asked to leave the library for that day.

Borrowing and Returning Library Materials

  • Return library books and materials by placing them in a book return slot at the Miller Nichols Library or Health Sciences Library.
  • Returned items will be quarantined for 4 days before they are removed from your account. You will not be charged late fees for the quarantine days.
  • We are accepting InterLibrary Loan requests to borrow physical materials. Due to lingering COVID-19 impacts and ongoing US Postal Service delays, you should expect greater inconsistencies in service (we may not be able to get you everything you need, but we will try!) and longer delivery wait times. At this time, interlibrary loan is not a good option if you need a physical item in less than 3 weeks, but if you are working on a longer-term project, please feel free to submit your requests. Learn more.

Online Teaching Support from the Libraries

Course Reserves Request. The procedure for requesting to place items on reserve is modified due to COVID-19. Learn more.

Linking to Library Resources in your Canvas Course. Place a stable link to any digital library resource (article, eBook, eBook chapter, video) in your Canvas Course with these instructions.

Purchase Request. Place requests for the Libraries to purchase eBooks for your class to use.

Request Library Instruction for your classes. Library instruction can be provided online for any course. Various instruction formats are available.

Streaming Video Request. Place requests for streaming video or media for your class to view.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions