CUKC students studying in library

Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library

How to view library account and renew books

To log into your library account click here.

When the Sign In screen appears, enter the barcode on your university ID as both the Username and Password.

Go to the My Account tab, open the drop-down menu and click My Check-outs to view items.

To Renew books, check the box next to each title and click the “Renew” button. A pop-up window showing the number of items renewed will display. Items are renewed for four additional weeks.

Note: If an item has a hold placed on it, it will not be renewed.

Research & Tools



BrowZine is a journal reading tool that provides access to the library's e-journals through a visualized collection that is easy-to-navigate. You can browse the table of contents, and read, download or print full text articles. The “MyBookshelf” feature lets you set up your own bookshelf so that you can follow your favorite journals and access the content with just a few clicks.

Click here to access.



A clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

On-Campus Access

Off-Campus Access


Physiotherapy Evidence Database. Search over 35,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. All trials on PEDro are independently assessed for quality. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible.

Click here to access.

OT Seeker

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions. Most trials have been critically appraised for their validity and interpretability.

Click here to access.


Chiropractic Research

Library Services

Login Help

Access to Library Resources off campus requires your Library Remote Access Login. This is not the same as the Student Portal login. The Library Remote Access Login is emailed separately to new students upon registration. During the initial login you will be prompted to create a new password containing at least seven characters, one capital and one number. If you have trouble logging in, contact the I.T. Help Desk 24/7 at x1710, or toll-free at 1-855-582-3593. For non-urgent I.T. requests, email

Research Help

Library staff provide training in using PubMed and other databases, and instruct users on constructing search strategies and evaluating search results. For research assistance call 913-234-0814 or email

Request an Article

To request an article from the Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library, click here to complete an Article Request Form.

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Interlibrary loan service is an easy way for users to gain access to books and journals not owned by the Library. This service is provided at no charge to the campus community. The Library participates in a variety of local, regional, and national library consortia, which greatly expands accessibility to items users need. To request an item, email the library at

To request a journal article from the Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library, send the citation to or click here to complete an Article Request Form.

Copyright Compliance

Copyright is an important consideration for all Cleveland students and faculty engaged in teaching, learning, research and scholarship. Copyright Law (U.S. Code Title 17) grants copyright owners, such as authors and creators, the exclusive right to reproduce works for a limited time. To provide a balance between the creative and commercial interests of those who have created works and those who benefit from using those works, copyright law includes provisions such as Fair Use that limits the rights of copyright holders and allows for commentary, criticism, parody, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship.

Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library provides education and support to the Cleveland community in complying with Copyright Law, the University’s Copyright Infringement Policy, and the appropriate application of Fair Use.

Additional information about copyright can be found at the link below.

Complying with copyright law

Contact the library director at, if you have questions about copyright compliance.

About the Library


The Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library was established in May 1976. It was named for one of the founders of the University, Dr. Ruth Rose Ashworth Cleveland, and was originally housed in a 10-by-12 foot section of an administrative office in the University's historic 37th & Troost location.

For more than 20 years, the Library has been designated an "Information Provider" by the National Library of Medicine, underscoring the Library's commitment to providing health sciences information to unaffiliated users as a public service. In January 2008, the Library was given special recognition by the Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City for outstanding achievement in outreach services, and again in 2012 as an outstanding academic health science library.


Checking Out Materials

All student Library users are required to show their university I.D. card in order to check out books.

Books are checked out for four weeks, and can be renewed for an additional four weeks if there are no holds placed on the book. Users can renew books at the service desk inside the library or online using their college ID.

Print journals and reference books cannot be checked out and must be used in the Library.

A selection of DVDs are available for check-out. Other DVDs and audiovisual materials must be used in the Library.

Placing Holds

If the book a user needs is checked out, the user may request that the book be placed on hold when it is returned. A “hold” notice is posted in the Library’s circulation module and the user is notified by phone or e-mail when the item is available. Users who access their account online using their college ID may search the online catalog and place holds on books that are already checked out.


Books are considered overdue if they have not been returned to the Library by closing time on the date due. A five business-day grace period is granted, after which overdue charges go into effect. Charges are assessed for each day after the grace period ends, excluding weekends and those days the Library is closed for business.

Overdue charges are set at 50 cents per book per day and “max out” at $25 per book. Overdue charges must be paid in the Library or at the cashier window of the Finance office. Pre-due date and Overdue reminder notices are e-mailed to students at intervals as a courtesy.

If students do not return books and/or pay their overdue charges, the following penalties may be invoked:

Library privileges may be suspended, including book checkout and inter-library loan service.

Clearance will not be granted for graduation.

Reference books are not to be taken from the Library. If a student does not return a reference book by the end of the business day, the following penalties may be invoked:

A $10 charge, per book per day, will be levied and the Provost and Director of Student Services will be notified. In addition, the above mentioned penalties may be invoked.

Lost and Damaged Books

If a book is lost, the borrower should report the loss as soon as possible. At that time, the borrower will be assessed the replacement cost of the book and her/his record will be cleared.

If a book is damaged beyond repair, the borrower will be assessed the replacement cost of the book. Borrowers who habitually misuse or damage Library materials may have their Library privileges suspended. Money collected to replace lost or damaged books is only used to replace the lost or damaged books. If a book is no longer available for purchase, the money will be used to purchase a similar book in that subject area.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan service is provided through several networks in which the Library participates, including: the Regional Medical Library system of the National Library of Medicine, the Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City, the Chiropractic Library Consortium, and the National Library of Medicine. Requesters may be referred to their local public library for items that are only available in public library collections, such as popular magazines or non-health science texts. Interlibrary loan service is assigned to the Library Assistant, who is also responsible for the record keeping on loans and for copyright compliance.

Users requesting books, journal articles or audio-visual materials through interlibrary loan may fill out a request form at the service desk, send an e-mail request via PubMed, or e-mail directly from their Cleveland e-mail. It is the responsibility of the requester to make sure that all information in the request is accurate and complete.

Users may request up to ten items at a time. After those have been filled, users may request additional items.

The Library may decline to accept more than four loan requests per person per month if those loans must be borrowed from a library that charges a fee, such as the National Library of Medicine and University of Kansas Medical School. Those charges are not passed along to Library users.

Most items provided by Network members are delivered within two working days. The Library Assistant managing interlibrary loans notifies users when items are received, and can provide information to users about the status of their requests and when the items need to be returned.

In the case of journal articles, most Network members send a photocopy, or e-mail a copy of the article to be printed out, which the requester may keep.

Collection Development Policy

The Library maintains collections of books and journals in support of all University programs, supplying information for courses in general education, biological sciences, health promotion, public health, basic and clinical science, and chiropractic history, philosophy, diagnosis and clinical practice.

In making selections, the Library Director uses such standard bibliographic tools as Doody’s Core List in the Health Sciences and bibliographies published by other health science library organizations, such as the Public Health/Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association, the Chiropractic Libraries Section of MLA, and the Majors Scientific Books Weekly List of New Publications.

Recommendations and suggestions for selection for print and non-print materials from students and faculty are encouraged and are given priority whenever possible.

Serials selection is based on those titles listed by Doody's and other “core” lists, the specialized needs of the Library’s constituencies, and the degree programs offered by the University. In the area of chiropractic, every attempt is made to include all state and association journals as well as all of those titles indexed in the Index to Chiropractic Literature.

While a growing number of the Library’s back files are available via e-subscription. When this is not possible due to cost or availability, back issues of serials are maintained in paper and/or microfiche.

Copyright Compliance Statement

The Ruth R. Cleveland Memorial Library complies with United States Copyright Law (U.S. Code Title 17) in all aspects of its operations.

Photocopier in the Library

• Users making copies are responsible for ensuring compliance with copyright law

Interlibrary Loan

• Borrowers – The requesting library is responsible for ensuring compliance with copyright law

• Lender – The Library follows appropriate copyright law and CONTU [Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyrighted Work] guidelines when placing requests

Document Delivery

• Royalty fees are calculated and charged on document delivery requests when applicable.


• Up to four (4) copies of an article may be on Reserve for each course each term

• A photocopied article may remain on Reserve for one course and one trimester without securing copyright permission from the publisher

• It is the responsibility of the instructor to secure this permission and present proof of permission to the library

Electronic Licensing

• In providing access to and information from its electronic resources, the Library complies with all conditions stipulated by the content vendors’ licensing agreement

Responsible Use of Online Resources

The use of all Library online resources (e-journals, databases, etc.) is subject to copyright laws and contractual agreements. Violation of copyright law and/or terms of the agreements may result in the suspension of access to online resources for the entire campus community.

License Agreements:

  • The use of Library online resources is governed by license agreements negotiated between the Libraryand the publishers and/or vendors
  • Virtually all of these licenses include terms which prohibit authorized users (currently enrolledstudents, faculty, staff and other users (walk-in patrons)) from engaging in “excessive or systematic” downloading when using that resource

Excessive/Systematic Downloading: Here are examples of what publishers refer to as “excessive downloading”:

  • Rapidly downloading one article after another
  • Continuously downloading tables of contents, search results, citations, or output
  • Downloading entire issues or volumes of an e-journal
  • Downloading the entire content of an e-book or multimedia resource
  • Using robots, spiders, or other automated programs to download from online resources

Other License Violations: Other actions that would also violate license terms include:

  • Sharing passwords with unauthorized users
  • Redistributing information from online resources to unauthorized users
  • Posting information retrieved or downloaded from online resources to a listserv, a website, or an email list
  • Reselling of journal text, output, search results, or other information in any form or medium
  • Redistributing of materials to non-subscribers or to non-subscribing institutions
  • Removing copyright, trademark and proprietary notices

Violation Consequences: Publishers monitor overall account activity and when they notice excessive downloading, will immediately terminate the Library’s access to their resources. They notify the Library of the problem and the Library is required to investigate and notify the individual of their violation of the contract terms and receive assurances that they will not do it again. Once resolved, the vendor is notified and the service is restored.

Contact the library director at, if you have questions about copyright compliance.

Library Hours

The library is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special hours during the trimester breaks are posted in the library.


Phone: (913) 234-0814


Simone Briand, MS., M.L.S.
Library Director

Julie Steinbach, B.A.
Serials & Electronic Resources Manager

Andi Wall, B.A.
Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Manager