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Library Instruction

The library welcomes the opportunity to instruct classes on how to effectively identify, locate, and access print and electronic information resources.  To request instruction, either complete the request form or call or email us:

Instruction possibilities include:

  • A standard introductory session taking up an entire class period. This session includes an introduction to the library website as well as strategies for finding books and scholarly articles;
  • A more brief session of 5 to 30 minutes that can be done in your classroom;
  • A brief library tour of the physical building and space;
  • A session on topics of your choosing.  Possibilities include:
    • Search strategies for a specific database;
    • Performing effective author, title, subject, and keyword searches;
    • Applying Boolean logic, limits, and advanced search tools;
    • Locating articles or books from a citation or bibliography;
    • Requesting books or articles from other libraries via MOBIUS and Interlibrary Loan;
    • Distinguishing scholarly publications/articles from popular publications/articles;
    • Distinguishing between primary vs. secondary vs. tertiary sources;
    • Evaluating websites and sources;
    • Citing sources and citation styles.

Placing Material on Library Reserve

To place an item(s) on reserve, please fill out the Reserve Workform.  You can send the form and item(s) via campus mail or drop them off at the library front desk.  Please allow three working days for materials to appear on reserve for student use.

The library will work with faculty members to give extended checkout periods for items they have placed on reserve for student use, but may need to check out themselves for classroom use.  Those faculty members may get a reminder notice if a course reserve item they still hold has become overdue.

Stephens Library will not replace faculty member’s personal copies, nor departmental copies, of books, documents, kits or media items, that have been lost or damaged while on reserve, for a cost greater than $150 per item.

Due to privacy concerns, sign-in sheets for student checkout to track course reserves will not be used.  Exceptions are made for sign-in sheet use for faculty committees, or groups such as Mortar Board.

Interlibrary Loan

The Stephens College Library offers interlibrary loan.  Nina Stawski, Access Services Librarian, coordinates interlibrary loan services.  For more details, see the Interlibrary Loan page.

MOBIUS Consortium

Stephens College is a member of MOBIUS.  MOBIUS is a consortium of libraries, primarily academic and located within Missouri, that work together for the betterment of each member and its users.

One of the main benefits provided is a shared integrated system and the ability to request, deliver, and borrow books from one library to another.  As a faculty member of Stephens College, you have access to millions of books!  For more detail, please see the MOBIUS Consortium page.

Purchase Recommendations

We welcome purchase suggestions.   We appreciate suggestions for books, periodicals, databases, and other electronic resources. Please contact us directly at or (573) 876-7182 with you recommendations.  Please note that it is our general policy to not purchase textbooks.

Class-Specific Library Guides

The library provides research guides for a variety of college's subject areas.  See:

Library staff can also create guides specific to your class(es).   If interested, please contact Dan Kammer, Library Director, at or (573) 876-7273.

Loan Periods for Faculty

Item Type Loan Period Renewal Overdue Fine or Replacement Fee
Regular Collection End of Semester Yes $70 replacement fee
Videos 7 Days No Determined by actual replacement cost ($70–$500)
MOBIUS Items 30 Days Yes $120 Replacement Fee

A current Stephens College ID card is needed to checkout items from the library.

Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines

The Stephens Library has put together guidelines related to copyright and fair use.

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