Collections Overview

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.


Electronic resources (available 24X7 from anywhere)

Include Internet files and databases, online journals, e-books, and other data files


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

Focus: Trans-Mississippi West experience, with emphasis on Missouri and Kansas; as well as more recent cultural history, especially Jazz Age Kansas City.

Resources: Manuscripts and personal papers; sheet music; photographs, postcards and other images; books, including rare and limited edition; historical periodicals; city directories; maps and atlases; historical documents and research files.

Collection highlights:


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

Supports the teaching and research of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.


Dental Library

Supports the teaching and research of the School of Dentistry.


Leon E. Bloch Law Library

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

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