UMKC Student Library Fee
The UMKC Student Library Fee is paid by all degree-seeking UMKC students, per credit hour on the first 12 hours enrolled in each semester. Students pay $3 per credit hour on 12 hours, for a maximum of $36 per student per semester. (See Incremental Fee Structure for information on future fee increases.) Money from the Student Library Fee is used to pay for improvements to the UMKC Libraries' hours, resources, spaces, and services.
UMKC students voted in March 2019 to implement a new Student Library Fee to pay for improvements to the hours, resources, spaces, and services at UMKC Health Sciences Library and Miller Nichols Library. The UMKC Law Library receives the Student Library Fee money paid by UMKC Law School students; consult the Law Library for information on fee revenue usage.
2020-2021 Library Fee Priorities
Virtual Library Access 24/7
While the UMKC campus is operating with modifications for COVID-19, the libraries are directing resources toward services, projects, and tools to keep the libraries virtually available to users 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter what your classes look like this academic year - online, in person, or hybrid - the library's online resources and live help will never close. In summer 2020 library fee revenue allowed us to introduce our new Video with a Librarian service, and we started using a new tool that puts library resources right into your Canvas course for each class you are taking. The main search bar on the library website is powered by your library fee.
An additional priority for this academic year is scheduling the Health Sciences Library and Miller Nichols Library buildings to be open during all times when campus is holding in-person classes, with a goal to keep the libraries open safely and to avoid virus-related closures.
The library fee funds late-night hours at the libraries when the UMKC campus is operating under normal conditions. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the library is not open as late as usual and library fee-funded staff are reassigned to earlier shifts to support health and safety measures like increased cleaning, making library materials available virtually, and extra work duties to keep library users safe. The library hours for fall 2020 preserve the longer hours implemented last fall as much as possible and retain the new highly-used late closing time on Friday, and early opening times on Saturday and Sunday.
2019-2020 Library Improvements
Revenue from the Student Library Fee paid by UMKC students in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters funded the following:
24/7 Library Chat
UMKC students, staff, and faculty working on research or projects can use instant message for library assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click the "Chat with us" button in the corner of the library website any day, at any time to ask questions.
The library's hours for fall 2019 and spring 2020 were increased by 28% at Miller Nichols Library, and 37% at the Health Sciences Library. View the current hours for Miller Nichols Library and the Health Sciences Library.