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Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

D'Angelo Library
1750 Independence Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64106-1453

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Library Hours

Monday - Friday       7 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday   9 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 

Special hours are posted in advance. 

The D'Angelo Library is closed on the following holidays: 

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Winter Break (Dates to be determined each year)
  • Christmas Day

Library Policies

Circulation Policies - Faculty

  • There is no limit to the number of items that may be checked out.
  • All items checked out to faculty members have a due date of June 1 each year.
  • An item is subject to recall at any time if another person places a hold on it.
  • Reserve materials may be checked out for use in the D'Angelo Library only. If a faculty member needs to check the material out of the Library for an extended period of time, an exception by a Library staff member for a longer checkout period will be honored.
  • Print periodicals may not be checked out without special permission from a Library staff member.
  • Faculty members may call or email the Library to request a Library staff member pull items from the shelves for them.
  • Faculty members needing an item that is currently checked out may contact the Library to place a hold on the material. The Library will notify the faculty member when it becomes available. Materials on hold must be retrieved within five days after notification, or they will be returned to circulation.

Lost/Damaged Items

  • Faculty members are encouraged to return materials they are no longer using to prevent loss.
  • Faculty members are discouraged from loaning materials checked out on their accounts, as they assume responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur.
  • Faculty members are responsible for paying the replacement cost and a $10 processing fee for each item that is lost or damaged.
  • Faculty members may choose to replace a lost item rather than paying for it. Replacement items must be the same edition or newer if the lost or damaged edition is no longer available, and they must be in excellent condition. If a faculty member replaces a lost item rather than paying for it, the $10 processing fee is waived.

Inventory

  • All items checked out on a faculty member's account have a due date of June 1, and must be either renewed or returned at that time.
  • If a faculty member has items that have not been renewed or returned by August 1, the Library will contact them with a reminder by email and/or telephone. If they do not renew or return their items by September 1, they will be sent an invoice.

Revised 1/28/2016

Circulation Policies - Residents

  • There is no limit to the number of items that may be checked out.
  • Residents have a checkout period of one year with a due date of June 1.
  • An item is subject to recall at any time if another person places a hold on it.
  • Print periodicals may not be checked out of the Library without special permission from a Library staff member.
  • Reserve material may be checked out for use in the D'Angelo Library only. Checkout time is two hours, but may be extended if no one else has requested the material.
  • Residents needing an item that is currently checked out may contact the Library to place a hold on the material. The Library will notify the resident when it becomes available. Materials on hold must be retrieved within five days after notification, or they will be returned to circulation. 

Lost/Damaged Items

  • Residents are encouraged to return materials they are no longer using to prevent loss.
  • Residents are discouraged from loaning materials checked out on their accounts, as they assume responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur.
  • Residents are responsible for paying the replacement cost and a $10 processing fee for each item that is lost or damaged.
  • Residents may choose to replace a lost item rather than paying for it. Replacement items must be the same edition or newer if the lost or damaged edition is no longer available, and they must be in excellent condition. If a resident replaces a lost item rather than paying for it, the $10 processing fee is waived. 

Inventory

  • All items checked out on a resident's account have a due date of June 1, and must be either renewed or returned at that time.
  • If a resident has items that have not been renewed or returned by August 1, the Library will contact them with a reminder by email and/or telephone. If they do not renew or return their items by September 1, they will be sent an invoice.
  • Residents must return all items from their inventory before they are cleared to graduate from their residency.
  • The Library will contact the resident and the resident liaison regarding clearance.

Revised 1/28/2016

Circulation Policies - Staff

  • There is no limit to the number of items that may be checked out.
  • Materials are due 21 days after checkout.
  • If a due date falls on a day the Library is not open, the materials will be due the next working day.
  • There is no limit on the number of times an item may be renewed as long as there is no hold or fine associated with it.
  • Reserve materials may be checked out for use in the D'Angelo Library only. Checkout time is two hours, but may be extended if no one else has requested the material.
  • Print periodicals may not be checked out of the Library without special permission from a Library staff member.
  • Employees may call or email the Library to request a staff member pull items for them from the shelves.
  • Employees needing an item that is currently checked out may contact the Library to place a hold on the material. The Library will notify the employee when it becomes available. Materials on hold must be retrieved within five days after notification, or they will be returned to circulation. 

Lost/Damaged Items

  • Employees are encouraged to return materials they are no longer using to prevent loss.
  • Materials that are more than four weeks overdue will be declared lost.
  • Employees are discouraged from loaning materials checked out on their accounts, as they assume full responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur.
  • Employees are responsible for paying the replacement cost and a $10 processing fee for each item that is lost or damaged.
  • Employees may choose to replace a lost item rather than paying for it. Replacement items must be the same edition or newer if the lost or damaged item is no longer available, and they must be in excellent condition. If an employee replaces a lost item rather than paying for it, the $10 processing fee is waived.

Revised 1/29/2016

Circulation Policies - Students

  • A valid KCU student ID is required to check out materials. If a student does not have his/her ID, the Library can hold an item for him/her for up to 24 hours.
  • Students may check out up to 25 items at a time.
  • Materials are due 21 days after checkout.
  • If a due date falls on a day the Library is not open, the materials will be due the next working day.
  • There is no limit on the number of times an item may be renewed as long as there is no hold or fine associated with it.
  • Reserve materials may be checked out for use in the Library only. Checkout time is two hours but may be extended if no one else has requested the material.
  • Print periodicals may not be checked out.
  • Students needing an item that is currently checked out may contact the Library to place a hold on the material. The Library will notify the student when it becomes available. Materials on hold must be retrieved within five days after notification, or they will be returned to circulation.
  • If a student has accrued fines, they must be paid before any materials can be renewed or checked out. Materials with holds cannot be renewed.
  • Students going out of town on clerkships must make their own arrangements for the return or renewal of materials. Library staff does not grant extensions of due dates on overdue materials or watch the records to renew items for students.
  • Clerkship students may return items by mail, but they must be postmarked by the due date to avoid fines.

Notices

  • Students are sent courtesy notices by email 48 hours prior to an item's due date.
  • Regardless of whether notices are received, it is always the responsibility of students to return materials on time.
  • Overdue notices are emailed to students up to three times to remind them of overdue items.
  • Fines notices are emailed to students if they return overdue items and still owe fines.
  • Notices are sent to MSIV students who still have fines to pay and/or materials to return before graduation.

Fines/Fees

  • The fine schedule is set at $.25 cents per item, per day.
  • $1 per day, per item, will be charged on recalled items, if not returned within 24 hours of notification.
  • Fines will accumulate until the item is returned or declared lost.
  • Fines must be paid with exact change or personal check. 

Lost/Damaged Items

  • Students are encouraged to return materials they are no longer using to prevent loss.
  • Students are discouraged from loaning materials checked out on their accounts, as they assume responsibility for any loss or damage that may occur.
  • Materials that are more than four weeks overdue will be declared lost.
  • Students are responsible for paying the replacement cost and a $10 processing fee for each item that is lost or damaged.
  • Students may choose to replace a lost item rather than pay for it. Replacement items must be the same edition or newer if the lost or damaged edition is no longer available, and they must be in excellent condition. If a student replaces a lost item rather than paying for it, the $10 processing fee is waived.

Revised 1/28/2016

Collection Development Policy

Collection development involves the planned identification and review of materials best suited to strengthen the D’Angelo Library resources for education, teaching, learning, research, patient care and administration.  Regardless of format, selection criteria are the same:

  • Subject relevance – directly support KCU’s various programs, departments and functions
  • Intellectual content
  • Level of presentation
  • Reputation of author and publisher
  • Needs of primary clientele
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Existing coverage
  • Faculty input
  • Written reviews

The Director of the Library makes the final decision as to collection development, taking into consideration input from faculty, students and other Library staff members.

Revised 1/27/2016

Conference Room Policy

Students are not given access to the conference room unless there is an emergency situation. This would require approval from the Director of the Library or another available staff member. The conference room is reserved for KCU faculty, student interviews and staff meetings.

The conference table seats seven people. The room is equipped with an Apple TV, DVD/Blu-ray player, laptop computer and a conference call phone.

Faculty and staff members may contact the D'Angelo Library by telephone (816) 654-7260 or email (library@kcumb.edu) to inquire about reserving or using the conference room.

Revised 1/27/2016

Deselection Policy (Weeding)

Collection management is usually perceived as an activity that only adds new materials to a Library. Collection management is also undertaken to maximize the usefulness of a Library’s collection to its users. For the purpose of this policy statement, weeding is defined as the removal of items from the Library’s active collection. Weeding is an important part of the management of collections. Deselection, or weeding, is the careful elimination from the collection of unwanted or unnecessary materials that accumulate over time. This is accomplished not only to conserve valuable space, but more importantly to increase the value or usefulness of the collection. A collection is difficult to use when one must sift through large amounts of irrelevant, outdated materials.

The professional Library staff members have the primary responsibility for weeding activities. Other faculty and staff may be called upon to serve as consultants when necessary. All deselection/weeding will be accomplished according to the criteria listed below and with thought to preservation of the historical records of the practice of medicine.

Criteria that will be used for deselection/weeding:

  • Superseded editions
  • Frequency of use – little to no circulation activity in the last 10 years
  • Physical condition – repair an option?
  • Subject areas collected at shallow depths will be weeded more rigorously than in-depth areas
  • Multiple or redundant copies
  • Print format when the material is reliably available electronically
  • Publication date – materials containing obsolete information
  • Status in history of the subject
  • Special features – autograph, marginalia, inscription
  • Author
  • Relevance – titles no longer relevant to current curricular or research needs to be weeded from collection
  • Journals overpriced relative to use; journals underused regardless of price

Revised 1/29/2016

Desk Copy Policy

Faculty members may request a desk copy of a textbook from the Director of the Library (mdegeus@kcumb.edu). The textbook requested must be required for a course the faculty member is teaching and s/he must have already asked the campus bookstore to order copies for students to purchase.

Desk copy requests must include the following information:

  • Name and number of the course in which the textbook will be used
  • Number of students in the course
  • Date the course will begin

Revised 1/27/2016 

Donation Policy

The D'Angelo Library welcomes appropriate donations. Potential donors are encouraged to contact the Library before delivering materials. This allows us to ascertain the suitability of the proposed donations and offer alternatives if the materials are not suitable for our collection. The D'Angelo Library accepts donations that enhance the existing collection in ways consistent with our collecting guidelines. This means that we will accept donations as long as:

  • They are in scope for our collection and in English.
  • They do not duplicate existing resources (unless the subject specialist decides that a duplicate is a sensible addition).
  • The materials have been published within the past five years, unless they are of historical significance.
  • Materials are in good condition.

Materials presented to the D'Angelo Library as donations may be added to the collection if they fit within the above guidelines, or they may be offered for sale to the Library's clientele, distributed without charge, or discarded. The Director of the Library makes the final decision on the disposition of donations. The D'Angelo Library reserves the right to handle all donations as it sees fit and to refuse or discard materials that do not fit within the above guidelines or meet the current needs of the collection.

Revised 1/27/2016 

Food and Drink Policy

  • Food and drink are permitted in the D'Angelo Library.
  • Drinks are to be in a container with a screw-on lid or a "to-go" cup with a screw-on lid.
  • Trash is to be disposed of in the receptacles that are provided.
  • When problems develop with trash or spills, this privilege can be revoked at any time.
  • We want to minimize spills which are harmful to computers, stain carpet and attract insects and vermin.

Thank you for your assistance in keeping your Library and learning center clean and attractive.

Revised 1/29/2016 

Interlibrary Loan Policy

Borrowing

Interlibrary Loan is used to obtain materials for KCU teaching, study and research initiatives which are not available from the D'Angelo Library but are available from other libraries. The Interlibrary Loan service augments local holdings by providing access to other national and international collections. This service is available to those associated with KCU without charge.

To request an item through Interlibrary Loan, please:

  • Use the online catalog to verify that the D'Angelo Library does not already own the title.
  • Contact the Library with your request in person, by email (interlibraryloan@kcumb.edu), telephone (816-654-7260 or 816-654-7266), fax (816-654-7261) or campus mail.
  • Allow 2 to 10 days to receive the requested item. 

Lending

The D’Angelo Library will lend materials to other libraries that participate in OCLC, Docline or other KCU lending consortia. Lending fees are applied for the lending of items to libraries that we do not have reciprocal agreements with or that are not a part of our consortia. The borrowing library is responsible for KCU materials and will be charged replacement fees if items are lost or damaged.

Revised 1/27/2016 

Photocopy Policy

Photocopies cost five cents per page for students. There is no charge to scan pages and save them to a flash drive. The photocopy machine accepts nickels, dimes, quarters and one-dollar bills. The Library does not keep cash.

The Library staff is not available to photocopy for students. Staff and faculty members may request the bypass key at the Access Services Desk. Library staff will photocopy materials for faculty upon request.

Revised 1/27/2016

Preservation Policy

The responsibility to build collections carries with it the obligation to ensure that these collections are always accessible.  The D’Angelo Library is committed to the preservation of its collections by taking action to:

  1. Prevent, stop, and/or retard deterioration of all library materials in all media
  1. Prevent theft or loss of all items in the library’s collection
  1. Improve the condition of items when possible
  1. Change the format of library materials to preserve intellectual content as necessary and appropriate

The comprehensive approach to preservation entails choosing the most appropriate method of preservation for every item.  This is accomplished through proper conditions:

  1. Careful handling and housing of items
  1. Use of security systems designed to eliminate mutilation and theft
  1. Refreshment and migration of electronic files to ensure their continued usability
  1. Repair or replacement of damaged materials
  1. Preserving materials of unique aesthetic or historical value in their original form

There are many materials whose value lies primarily, or only, in the information they contain.  When repair of such materials becomes impossible or prohibitively expensive, their content may be preserved through reformatting into other media.  The indefinite storage of unusable materials within the D’Angelo Library cannot be justified.

Preservation decisions for materials in the collections are best determined by the Library professional staff in consultation with faculty when necessary.  Preservation decisions must always be made within the context of overall collection policy, balancing the constraints of historical, aesthetic, and scholarly value, cost and user accessibility.

Revised 2/5/2016 

Study Room Policy

The D'Angelo Library's five study rooms may be used by individual students or by small groups. Students must reserve a study room by signing up at the Access Services Desk. Each study room can be reserved for up to four hours. If a student reserves a study room and fails to show up within the first 15 minutes of their allotted time, the room may be assigned to someone else. Tutors may reserve study rooms by telephone (816-654-7260) or email (library@kcumb.edu) up to a week in advance. Other students can reserve study rooms only for the current day.

The study rooms can seat up to eight people, depending on the room. Each room contains:

  • An OMT table
  • Wall-mounted Apple TV
  • DVD/Blu-ray player
  • White board
  • Study table and chairs

Revised 1/27/2016

Telephone, Cell Phone, and Fax Policies

Telephone:

There are telephones available throughout the D'Angelo Library. All phones allow users to make local calls or calls to other KCU extensions. These phones cannot receive direct calls. We encourage users to be considerate of others by keeping their voices low and limiting their calls to five minutes. 

Cell Phone

The Library is intended to be a quiet place to read and study without interruption. Out of respect for other patrons, please set cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices to silent or vibrate mode. Please step outside of the Library or into the foyer if you need to place or answer a call.

Fax 

The fax machine located on the first floor of the Library is available for students to use without charge. It can be used for local as well as for long distance business. Library staff members can assist in the use of the fax machine, but do not monitor incoming faxes. Library staff members do not fax materials for students except when the student fax machine is not working correctly.

Revised 1/27/2016