The primary mission of the University Libraries is to support the teaching and research missions of the University of Missouri – Kansas City. And as the largest academic library system in the metropolitan area, the UMKC University Libraries are an essential information resource for Kansas City.

The library at dusk

Miller Nichols Library and the Music/Media Library Collections

Include books, reports, reference materials, government publications, musical scores, sound recordings, and the periodicals and scholarly journals that are vital for current research at every academic level.

LaBudde Special Collections lobby

LaBudde Special Collections

LaBudde Special Collections is home to the Libraries unique and distinctive materials. They include a rare book collection, archives from individuals and organizations, scrapbooks, photographs, maps and atlases, and University Archives. The materials focus on specific subject areas:

Shelves of records in the Marr Sound Archive Collection

Marr Sound Archives

The focus of the collection is the American experience as reflected in recorded sound. The archives’ holdings include over 300,000 recordings of jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, spoken word, vintage radio programs, popular, rock and roll, soul, opera, classical and numerous other genres of music.

Exterior view of the School of Medicine

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library supports the teaching and research of the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Front desk of the Law Library

Leon E. Bloch Law Library

The Law Library supports the instructional, research and service programs of the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. Its collection consits of: