News from the Dean: Miller Nichols Library 2nd floor renovations begin April 1

I am so happy to announce that the next phase of improvements for Miller Nichols Library will be starting very soon. Beginning April 1, the 2nd floor of the Miller Nichols Library will undergo renovations to bring the book stacks on the 3rd and 4th floors together into a single browsing collection. The project is scheduled to be completed by the time the fall semester starts in August 2014.

The move of the books from the upper floors to the 2nd floor will begin as soon as possible so that disruption in the fall will be reduced. By having all of the browsing collections together on one floor, library users will find it easier to locate books. Once complete, seating will be limited on the 2nd floor, but it will be a very quiet place to study.

Students will be happy to know, the Computer Lab on the 2nd floor will remain in the same place and will only be closed during the summer while that area is re-fitted with new heating and air conditioning conduit.

Renovations will include benefits for faculty as well. The new Emeritus College will have its offices next to the FaCET suite on the 2nd floor. This space will enable retired faculty to collaborate with colleagues and provide space to continue their research. Together with FaCET faculty will be able to share expertise. 

When upgrades to the 2nd floor are complete, we will finalize plans for renovation of the 3rd floor, the new and expanded home of the Special Collections. This project will be funded by private donations matched with a challenge grant we recieved from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand capacity for the Special Collections. 

The 4th floor will continue to be our quiet study floor and will be the new home for the "new and improved" Dean’s Gallery, with beautiful views of the Nelson-Atkins Museum and downtown Kansas City. 

We apologize for the inevitable inconvenience of renovations, but we know you will find the results beneficial.