News from the Dean: Welcome to the 2016-17 Academic Year!

  The University is a learning organization and what better place to learn than in one of our libraries!  We have scholarly resources in print, various media, and online.  We have amazing rare and special collections in the LaBudde Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives located in Miller Nichols Library.  If we don’t have it, we can get it for you from libraries anywhere in the world.  Need help starting your research or finding that elusive article?  Our librarians excel in not only helping you with your research but also teach you information literacy skills that will help your throughout your life.  We offer comfortable places to study—both contemplative, quiet study as well as group study in our collaborative study areas.  Here’s what you can expect from your UMKC Libraries…

Research Assistance

Librarians at all three of the UMKC Libraries are ready to help you with your research using the wide array of library collections—both physical and electronic.  Don’t hesitate to ask for help or schedule a research consultation. 

Special Collections

Scholarship starts with primary resource materials, and we have some incredible collections of primary resources.  Check out the manuscripts, rare books, and photographic collections in the LaBudde Special Collections or any of the 350,000+ sound recordings in the Marr Sound Archives.  Need information about UMKC’s history?  You’ll find it in the University Archives.  Enjoy the new, spacious Special Collections Reading Room and Gallery on the 3rd floor of Miller Nichols Library which opened just last year.    

Health Sciences Library gets a facelift

This spring and summer we have been busy moving the bound journals from the Health Sciences Library to RooBot in Miller Nichols Library.  After removing the shelves, we re-carpeted and moved in tables and chairs to expand the study space in the Health Sciences Library.  Need a journal article that is now in RooBot?  Request it online and you will get a scanned copy of it in your Inbox.  No need to go to the Volker campus.  

Events to Expand Your Horizons

The University Libraries are dedicated to enriching your education and providing life-long learning opportunities through programming and exhibits.  We have several galleries in the Miller Nichols Library including the Dean’s Gallery on the 4th Floor and the Special Collections Gallery on the 3rd floor.  We also have the Link Gallery on the Ground Floor in the corridor leading from the Marr Sound Archives to the new West Elevator and the MNLC.   Here is just a sampling of the events and exhibits we hope you can enjoy this fall and spring:

  • Ongoing beginning September 2016:  Starr Women’s Hall of Fame (Special Collections Gallery, 3rd Floor)
  • May-August 31, 2016: Sanctuaries of Dreams exhibit (Link Gallery, Ground Floor)
  • September-December 2016: Bernard “Step Buddy” Anderson – Street Level Surrealism Exhibit (Special Collections Gallery, 3rd floor)
  • September 6, 2016-November: Headlines: Leon Jordan in the Media (Link Gallery, Ground Floor)
    • Event:  Leon Jordan panel discussion date TBD
  • September 27, 2016: Unbound: The Artistry of Cuban Bookmaking (Miller Nichols Library, 3rd Floor)
    • 5:30pm Reception
    • 6:00pm Lecture by UMKC Alumna Jeanne Drewes and Book viewing
  • September 28, 2016:  History of UMKC: Kansas City’s University  Presentation by Chris Wolf, UMKC alumnus and author of the upcoming book, A Pearl of Great Value: The History of UMKC, Kansas City’s University.  (Miller Nichols Library, Room 325) 
    • 5:00pm Reception and Book Sale
    • 5:30pm Presentation and book signing
    • Exhibit on display on the Ground Floor
  • Social Justice Lecture Oct. 13, 2016, 6pm (Pierson) – The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Watch for announcements about the Library’s related events. 

  • February 2017--Watch for the announcements about the annual African-American Read-In
  • April 2017—Watch for announcements about our annual event “Celebrating International Students”