Swapping Stacks for Students

We are delighted to announce that the renovation of our Health Sciences Library (HSL) is complete! The updated space features new carpet, more study space with tons of tables and chairs, and lots of natural light to help students be more productive. There is even an area reserved for silent study!

These changes have been highly anticipated by both staff and students as a way to make the library more useable. A common frustration was the lack of study space available for students--a problem due in-part to the stacks filled with thousands of journals, books, and other resources.

This summer, many of the University Libraries staff worked tirelessly to transfer nearly 47,000 journals and other materials from HSL to the RooBot at Miller Nichols Library. This allowed us to remove most of the stacks and replace them with tables, chairs, and various spaces students can utilize for both group and individual study.

We are student-centered, not stack-centered

Although HSL may now look less like a traditional library, these changes represent the Libraries' eagerness to respond to the needs of UMKC students. "We are student-centered, not stack-centered," said one HSL staff member.

Students, faculty, and guest researchers will still have access to all of the HSL materials now housed in the RooBot, only the process has changed. Rather than searching the stacks for your title, simply request it online and the UMKC Libraries staff will do the rest.

We are excited about these changes and happy to provide students with resources for their academic growth and success. See more pictures of the newly removated space below!