The primary mission of the University Libraries is to support the teaching and research missions of the University of Missouri - Kansas City. And as the largest academic library system in the metropolitan area, the UMKC University Libraries are an essential information resource for Kansas City.

Miller Nichols Library and the Music/Media Library Collections

Include books, reports, reference materials, government publications, musical scores, sound recordings, and the periodicals and scholarly journals that are vital for current research at every academic level.

LaBudde Special Collections

LaBudde Special Collections is home to the Libraries unique and distinctive materials. They include a rare book collection, archives from individuals and organizations, scrapbooks, photographs, maps and atlases, and University Archives. The materials focus on specific subject areas:

  • Western Americana
  • Performing arts in the Kansas City region, especially Kansas City Jazz
  • Underrepresented populations in the area, including the African-American and Latino/a communities, women, and Kansas City's LGBT communities.

Collection highlights include:

Marr Sound Archives

The focus of the collection is the American experience as reflected in recorded sound. The archives' holdings include over 300,000 recordings of jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, spoken word, vintage radio programs, popular, rock and roll, soul, opera, classical and numerous other genres of music.

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library supports the teaching and research of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Leon E. Bloch Law Library

The Law Library supports the instructional, research and service programs of the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Its collection consits of:

  • 71,743 print titles and 76,466 microform titles.
  • MOBIUS, the Missouri's library consortium, has 10.6 million titles in its catalog and more than 27.7 million volumes available upon request by students and faculty.
  • Databases and services.
  • Hundreds of university online services and databases which contacint legal, government, statistical and business information.

Purchasing & Donations

Book Donations

Steve Alleman
Head of Collections
(816) 235-1580