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.

Miller Nichols Library and the Music/Media Library Collections

The library at dusk

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

LaBudde Special Collections lobby

LaBudde Special Collections is home to a 56,000-volume Western Americana and local history book collection, and over 200 collections of manuscript and primary source materials. The materials have special emphases on the following areas:

University Archives

Reading Room

University Archives is home to more than 6,500 linear feet of archival collections documenting UMKC’s history and legacy. The University Archives also houses resources documenting the life and legacy of international journalist and Kansas City native Edgar Snow.

Marr Sound Archives

Shelves of records in the Marr Sound Archive Collection

The focus of the collection is the American experience as reflected in recorded sound. The archives’ holdings include over 400,000 recordings of jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, spoken word, vintage radio programs, popular, rock and roll, soul, opera, classical and numerous other genres of music.

Health Sciences Library

Exterior view of the School of Medicine

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

Leon E. Bloch Law Library

Front desk of the 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 consists of:

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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