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Ray Cosgrove Library Website

The Ray Cosgrove Library at Truman College provides services and resources to meet the information needs of our community.

Library Instruction

Submit a request for library instruction or email 

Library Instruction Session Guidelines

  • The best time for a library instruction session is after a research assignment has been assigned and students have chosen their topics. Students are more likely to be motivated to learn about research resources at the point of need.        

  • Students learn best by doing, and we encourage you to allow time to actively reinforce their learning through hands-on practice (searching databases, etc.).        

  • Instruction sessions must be requested a week before the date requested.   

Request a Scan of a Reserve Item

Submit a scanning request

PDFs of assigned readings can be made available to your students in accordance with Fair Use guidelines.

Learn more about Fair Use and find a checklist here. Once you have determined that the reading(s) you would like to scan meet Fair Use, you can upload materials yourself or you can complete this form to have the library scan a portion of a reserve item for you. The library will email you the scanned material within one week. You can then upload the PDF to your course's BrightSpace page for student access. 

Open Educational Resources (OER)

OER are free and open textbook alternatives. Contact the library for assistance with:

  • Identifying potential OER
  • Using OER with a class
  • Information on authoring and sharing your own OER 

Request Materials for the Collection

Submit a suggestion for the Library to purchase a book or periodical

We welcome recommendations for materials that support the curriculum and mission of the College.