Services for People Who Are Not UMKC Students, Faculty, or Staff

On-site use of collections and basic reference assistance is available to everyone. Using audiovisual materials requires a valid photo ID.

For research related to Special Collections or Marr Sound Archives, please contact those departments directly.

To borrow materials, please register at the First Floor Service Desk for one of the following programs:

  • Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements
    Students, faculty, and staff at Kansas City area colleges and universities and at MOBIUS member libraries are eligible. Most colleges and universities in the Kansas City area are participants. University ID is required.

  • Guest Researcher Program
    Members of the Guest Researcher Program are permitted limited checkout privileges. Through the Guest Researcher Program, services are provided for a fee to law firms, businesses, and other organizations with specialized information and research needs.

  • Guest Borrower Program
    Community members who are at least 18 years old and wish to check out library materials may join the Guest Borrower Program.

  • Friends of the Library
    UMKC Friends of the Library is a membership organization dedicated to providing needed community support to strengthen collections and services of the UMKC University Libraries.
    Friends contributing at least $50 annually may receive borrowing privileges. Eligible members wishing to activate their account may do so by contacting the Libraries’ administrative office at 816.235.1531.
  • UMKC Alumni Association
    Paid members of the UMKC Alumni Association have limited checkout privileges.

  • High School Students
    Area high school students enrolled in the High School College Program and the University Academy can also arrange to check out books.

Contact the Circulation Services Department or call (816) 235-1526 for more information.