At any university, there are a plethora of resources that you can take advantage of. At the University of Central Missouri, there are plenty of libraries and resources available to students. Here are five of the most efficient library resources (on and off campus) that you need to know.
This reference tool contains relevant and up-to-date data. Anything that you may need to find can be accessed in this comprehensive database. Students often use this tool for their research and as a reference.
2. Subject Guides
On the UCM library website, students can access Subject Guides. These comprehensive guides can give students help in specific major areas as well as different papers.
3. Library Services Desk
Library employees are available at the Library Services Desk to aid students with their research projects. Library sources that best suit your research project are introduced, including databases and the library catalog.
4. Laptop Loans
For students that are enrolled at UCM, laptops can be borrowed and checked out. Students can get these from the library and loan them for seven days. The Harmon Computer Commons offers these services to students.
5. Course Reserves
The library also offers physical and online course reserves for students to use. They can be found by the Library Services Desk. A UCM ID is required to check out a course reserve and can be done for 2 hours, 1, 3 or 7 days.
6. Missouri Libraries to Go
This resource offers access to online books, journals and magazines. Organized by subject and collections, it is easy to access any materials one may need. As well as this, books can be downloaded in audio book form. Alternatively, Kindle downloads are available for certain works.
Facebook and other social media sites are always great resources to find updates on your library or resources. Closures and special events are usually posted on Facebook, and you can always learn more about them. Students can even connect directly with the host of the page if they need assistance or more information.
8. Hoopla Digital
Hoopla Digital is a service that can be used just by having a library card. People can stream audiobooks, borrow movies and books and more instantly. It is a digital library at your fingertips.
9. Study Rooms
At the JCK Library at UCM, students can utilize private study rooms. These can help them prepare for exams, work on projects or even just do homework. They are organized online and can also be reserved.
10. Off-Campus Database Access
If a student is not on campus, they can still access the necessary library databases. This way, there is no limitation on the resources that students are able to utilize. The technology help services are also always able to assist with any issues.
Libraries at the University of Central Missouri
1. James C. Kirkpatrick Library
Generally open from 7:30 p.m. until midnight, this is the official library of the University of Central Missouri. Located on campus, there are study rooms, subject experts, textbooks and more at students’ disposal.
2. Warrensburg Branch, Trails Regional Library
This public library is near the UCM campus. This library serves the Johnson and Lafayette counties in Warrensburg, Missouri. All library resources are open to the public, and open Monday through Saturday.
3. Mary M. Smiser Heritage Library
This historical library and museum is open to the public and close to campus. Students can find archives and original county records here. This library is run by the Johnson County Historical Society.
4. Whiteman Air Force Base Library
This library is part of the Whiteman Air Force Base. It contains books as well as library resources such as the Whiteman catalog. It is open Monday through Friday 9:30am-5:30pm and Saturdays from 10:30am until 4pm.
5. Regional Building
Regional building is a library under the Trails Regional Library company. It is located in Warrensburg, Missouri, close to the UCM campus. It is open six days a week, excluding Sunday.