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Check Out Books

Need a Book?

The Library/Learning Commons proudly houses over 50,000 books!

We currently house the majority of our collections in a closed stacks area. Materials housed in these stacks may be requested through the online catalog or at the circulation desk (bring us the title and call #). 

To check out any materials (books, laptops, etc.) you must have your Avila ID or other valid photo ID (Driver's license, Military ID, etc.).

Materials NOT in the closed stacks:

  • Curriculum and Children's Collection
  • New Books
  • Professor Suggested Reads
  • Play Scripts
  • Reference Books
  • Oversize Books

Check Out Laptops or Calculators


The Library/Learning Commons is proud to offer 60 laptops and related equipment for daily check-out. 

If you would like to check out a laptop, power cord, mouse, or laptop bag please come to the Library/Learning Commons circulation desk with your Avila ID or some other valid photo ID (driver's license, Military ID, etc.)

Laptops check out for six (6) hours and may be taken off campus. They can be renewed online or in person for an additional 4 hours.

**Laptops may NOT be kept out overnight**


The Library/Learning Commons has a small collection (around 25) of graphic calculators. 

To check out a calculator, please come to the Library/Learning Commons circulation desk with your Avila ID or some kind of valid photo ID (driver's license, Military ID, etc.).

Calculators check out for either a single day or for the semester. 

We will not replace dead batteries; replacement is the responsibility of the person who checked it out. The calculators require four AAA batteries.

Access Ebooks
Renew Books/Laptops

Need to Renew a Laptop or Book?

To renew your library materials please click on the box below.

Please log-in using your first and last name and your unique ID (lastname + ID #+ au).

All materials are restricted to one (1) renewal. MOBIUS renewals may be rejected due to lending institution requirements. 

If you would like to renew an Inter-Library Loan book, please email

Request Books from MOBIUS

Want to Request a MOBIUS Item?

The MOBIUS library consortium provides access to over 27 million materials. MOBIUS makes it possible for member libraries to share materials through a courier service which delivers library materials once per day, 5 days a week to other participating libraries. 

You can search and request MOBIUS materials through the link below. 

Requested materials will not show up immediately. Please allow time for items to be shipped!

Approximate Delivery Timeframes

KC-Towers: 2-4 days

Other Missouri Libraries: 3-5 days

Out of State Libraries (Iowa, Arkansas, Oklahoma): 7-10 days

Out of State Libraries (Colorado, Wyoming, Texas): 10-14 days

Reserve a Study Room/Classroom Space

Need a Space?

If you would like to reserve a space in the Library/Learning Commons you have two options!

You can stop by our circulation desk and request a space or you can request a reservation online (a MINIMUM of 24 hours in advance). 

Reservations can be made by groups of three or more for the group study rooms and the larger classroom spaces. 

If you have any questions please refer to our room policies or contact Becky Nichols (816.501.2428 or

Group Study Room Policy

Classroom and Presentation Room Policy

Access Canvas

Log in to Canvas?

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You access your Canvas account by clicking on the Avila shield icon in the top right corner of the website. In the drop-down, click on Canvas under the Online Tools section.

You will need your Avila username and password. 

If you encounter issues with logging in, please contact Avila's I.T. helpdesk (816.501.2900) or put in a support ticket.

Access MyAU

You access your MyAU account by clicking on the Avila shield icon in the top right corner of the website. In the drop-down, click on MyAU under the Online Tools section.

You will need your Avila username and password. 

If you encounter issues with logging in, please contact Avila's I.T. helpdesk (816.501.2900) or put in a support ticket.

Get Writing Help

Need Writing Help?

The Library/Learning Commons is proud to act as the home of the Writing Center!

Walk-ins are welcome during open hours or you can schedule an appointment here!

Get Tutoring

Need some Help?

Tutoring is one of the many services offered on campus. 

We currently have several tutoring options, including face-to-face and online help!

Please schedule a session or read up on Avila's tutoring options here!

Study Room & Classroom Policies

Group Study & Classroom Policies

The Learning Commons houses six (6) group study rooms and two (2) classroom spaces for campus community use. All of these spaces may be reserved by groups, but are considered first come-first served when not reserved. If you are considering using one of these spaces, please consult our policies. 

Find Out About Library Fines

Got a Fine?

If borrowed materials are not returned in a timely manner, library patrons may incur fines for materials.

Link to the Library Fines Document

To inquire about possible fines on your account, please contact the library at: (816) 501-3621 or stop by the circulation desk.

Check Out Course Reserve Items

Want to Check Out a Course Reserve Item?

When an instructor places a book on reserve, the library "holds" the book at the circulation desk to help ensure the instructor's students have access to the book for a specific course. Items on course-reserve are most often available for "library use only" and are not available for overnight checkout.

To check out a course-reserve book, go to the circulation desk. The library cannot guarantee that a course-reserve book will be available.

Check Out DVDs

Want to Check Out a DVD?

The Learning Commons has over 200 popular DVD's for student, faculty, or staff checkout.

Please bring the DVD case(s) and your student ID to the circulation desk and we'll get them checked out for you. 

Most DVDs check out for 48 hours.

*Faculty/Staff DVDs may NOT be checked out by students, but can be watched in the library*

Support the Library & Learning Commons


The Library & Learning Commons does not typically accept donations of library materials. Exceptions may be made for materials donated by the author and/or materials that support our collection development policy.

If you are interested in giving a monetary donation to the library or archives or just have questions about donating, please contact Becky Nichols at or (816) 501-2428. 


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Reserve a Room!

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Looking for a for a space for your group to study?

Reserve a room! 

Just ask at the front desk or request a reservation online: here!

Need I.T. Help?

Need I.T. Help?

Come visit the I.T. Helpdesk!


Submit a support ticket: here!


Call the Helpdesk @: 816.501.2900

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