News from the Dean: Experience the new Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center

We start the Fall 2013 semester with the much anticipated opening of the new Miller Nichols Learning Center (MNLC) which is the new classroom addition and, with the library, makes up the Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center.  As I write this blog post on the second day of classes, I can report that the reactions to the new MNLC on the first day of classes overwhelmingly included excitement and awe from both students and faculty!

The new classroom facility has four large lecture halls with collaboration features.  The anchor is the Jeannette Nichols Forum (room 151) which is an auditorium style room seating 353 people and is fully equipped to support public programs as well as classes.  On the 3rd floor, you will find the Courtney S. Turner Hall (room 351-352), which divides in half to make two 207 seat classrooms. Finally, on the 4th floor are two 120 seat classrooms that have excellent collaborative features. The upper floor classrooms also have magnificent views of Kansas City. The South face of the building is a window wall flooding the lobby areas on all three floors with natural light during the day. At night enjoy the view of the illuminated 1926 map of Kansas City found on the West end of RooBot. Bright colored furniture enlivens the lobbies and provides comfortable places to study and socialize.


Slideshow from Opening Day of Miller Nichols Learning Center, August 19, 2013

Since the closure of the South entrance in 2009, the only entrance to Miller Nichols Library has been on the North side, which has easy access to the parking lot but not to the rest of campus.  With the opening of the Miller Nichols Learning Center we now have three additional and convenient entrances from three directions to the lobby area which also serves as an entry into the Miller Nichols Library.  Once again we have convenient and accessible entry into the facility!

A concurrent construction project continues on the North side of the Miller Nichols Library.  Replacement of the steam lines that provide heat to the entire Volker Campus continues into November. Unfortunately, this necessary project has created some interesting new routes into the Miller Nichols Library.  A new, wheelchair friendly sidewalk winds up from the parking lot. Bridges span the construction trenches from Fine Arts and the parking lot creating the final accessible path into the library. Bear with us as this critical project progresses.

And if you thought we were done with construction, think again! We are excited to start the next round of renovation inside Miller Nichols Library. This next phase will involve portions of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors with the highlight being beautiful new space for the combined LaBudde Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives. At long last users will be able to simultaneously use these complementary collections in one space.   A beautiful new exhibit gallery will lead into the Special Collections and the Dean’s Gallery will re-locate to the North side of the 4th floor with a gorgeous view of the Kansas City skyline.  Work begins in late October and will continue for one year.   While this work will create disruptions, we will make every effort to minimize the impact on our library users. 

Welcome to our new spaces in the Miller Nichols Library and Learning Center!