About Us

Welcome from the Dean of Libraries

Dr. Cindy Thompson
Cindy Thompson, Dean of Libraries

Welcome to the University of Missouri-Kansas City University Libraries, which promote discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge and creative work to its diverse constituents through collaborative opportunities. As the hub of study and academic collaboration for UMKC, we strive to meet the service, resource, and space needs of the communities we serve. You will find great ideas and thinkers in our rich collections, expert librarians to assist you in your research, inviting spaces in which to collaborate with others, and inspiring programs and exhibits that pique your intellectual curiosity. We are an essential partner for students, researchers, and UMKC’s urban neighbors.

Not only the home of books and print materials, the Libraries also provide access to a wide range of audio-visual media, over 330,000 sound recordings, and rare and unique collections of books, photographs, manuscripts, and maps. The University Libraries also link users to a world of scholarly information available through licensed online databases and journals and a vast network of reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries around the world.

Additionally, the Libraries’ Web-based resources allow researchers to bring the library with them: to the comfortable seating and inviting study spaces found throughout the library buildings, or even their own office, apartment, or residence hall. Just as importantly, the Libraries’ expert librarians and professional staff provide unparalleled research assistance and library services in person 24/7, over the phone, or via the Internet.

Miller Nichols Library, located on the Volker campus, is UMKC’s largest library and houses the general collection, Music/Media Library, LaBudde Special Collections and University Archives, and Marr Sound Archives. On the Hospital Hill campus, the Health Sciences Library serves students and researchers in those disciplines. Along with its partners, the UMKC School of Law’s Leon E. Bloch Law Library and the Linda Hall Library, University Libraries is the comprehensive public research library for Kansas City and the very heart of UMKC. Please enjoy our Libraries, and let us know how we may assist you.


Explore our spaces and see how our staff, resources, and community will help you achieve success while attending UMKC.


LaBudde Special Collections is a print archive and research center serving scholars and organizations from around the world. Tour the space located within the main library of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Get an inside look at the Marr Sound Archives facilities with a tour that includes an overview of the collection and a brief history of recorded sound, as well as a demonstration of legacy audio equipment.

Streaming video request

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Case dimensions: 5’ long x 30” wide x 9” high sitting atop 3’ legs

Glass exhibit table


The First Floor Gallery is located just inside the main entrance of the Miller Nichols Library.

Wall with exhibit content

Conference Room 325

Located on the Third Floor of Miller Nichols Library. For access, enter the library at the north ground floor entrance or the west first floor entrance. Then take the stairs or the elevator to the third floor..

Map of third floor of Miller Nichols Library
The fourth floor of Miller Nichols Library is closed for renovation until Fall 2025.
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