Faculty Support

The Upjohn Library Commons building is open for current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff.

Some Librarians are working remotely. You can still connect with us!
Library Services Spring Quarter 2021

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Energize your research and teach more effectively with the help of your library.

New Course Procedures

Before submitting syllabi to the Educational Policies Committee, faculty must consult the Collection Services Librarian (Leslie.Burke@kzoo.edu) to ensure reliable access to library resources. Online resources like specialized databases, datasets, video content, and journal articles should be explicitly communicated. Resources acquired are dependent on collection development policies, technical requirements, and budget availability.

For more information on our collection priorities and policies, please visit the Collection Services page. If you have an acquisition request or suggestion, please fill out our online form (login required).

Library Instruction Sessions

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we can still help with library instruction! Librarians can create instructional videos tailored to your class. Email us at reference@kzoo.edu to see how we can help!

Librarians teach a wide array of course-embedded library sessions, ranging from general information literacy to subject specific research tools and techniques in the disciplines.

Email reference@kzoo.edu to schedule a session for your students

Beyond Google for Faculty

The Fall 2020 Library Workshop will be held in a synchronous online meeting in Teams or Zoom. For more information please see the Faculty Instructions for Beyond Google or visit the Beyond Google Faculty Guide.

Your students should complete the Library Assignment 24 hours before the Library Workshop for your Seminar.

Email reference@kzoo.edu to schedule your Library Workshop

Put Course Readings on Reserve

You may place personal or Kalamazoo College Library copies of course readings on reserve for student use each quarter.

Materials on course reserve must comply with copyright guidelines.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, physical reserves are suspended.

Physical items (such as books, CDs, DVDs) are located behind the Circulation Desk and have restricted check out periods. To place a physical item on course reserve, contact circulation@kzoo.edu or 269-337-5731.

Please allow 48 hours for processing Course Reserves. Course Reserves are processed 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:00am to noon on Friday.

     Printable Reserve Request Form (PDF)

Electronic items (such as articles in PDF) are available through Moodle. To learn how to use Moodle as a place to add your electronic readings yourself, contact Josh Moon, josh.moon@kzoo.edu.

Suggest a Purchase

We welcome suggestions for the purchase of library materials. Suggestions will be reviewed by a librarian according to our collection priorities and policies. See Collection Services for more information about the library collection.

Recommend a title for Purchase (online form).
Request books and journals (print or electronic) as well as streaming video titles.

Course Guides

A course guide presents a list of resources curated by a librarian, in cooperation with the instructor, to support student research for a particular course of discipline. Librarians create course guides upon request and visit your class to briefly explain the guide.

Email reference@kzoo.edu to request a course guide and visit

Departmental Liaisons

Faculty librarians serve as points of contact for the faculty and staff within the departments they serve. However, please feel free to contact anyone within the library regardless of departmental assignment. We’re here to help!


  • Can be a first point of contact if you are unsure who to contact.
  • Will inform your department directly about new resources and/or policy changes. 
  • Edit and maintain your department’s Research Guide.

Get Help with Your Research

Librarians are available for individual consultations. Whether your research will be used in a grant-funded endeavor, in writing an article or book, or purely for your own interest, a dedicated reference librarian is standing by to assist you.

     Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a librarian

The Library also has a membership in the Center for Research Libraries and can interlibrary loan materials for you. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, some CRL services have changed. Some materials are available online. Physical lending is suspended. Please see the CRL Special Access to Materials page and the CRL Response to COVID-19 for details.

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