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 $5 per credit hour on 12 hours, for a maximum of $60 per student per semester.
The UMKC student body 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 student referendum specified an incremental fee structure to ensure that the Libraries have planning time to implement improvements in the same year students begin paying for them. An increase to $7 per credit hour on the first 12 hours is planned for 2023 and a final one to $10 per credit hour on the first 12 hours in 2025.
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.
Library Fee Priorities
Money from the Student Library Fee is used to pay for improvements to the UMKC Libraries that directly support student success. The major project categories are the following.
Staffing for longer hours, safety and security measures.
The library fee funds professional staff supervision for late-night hours at both library locations to ensure a safe and secure environment for UMKC students, as well as student worker positions in all library departments. From fall 2019 onward, Health Sciences Library and Miller Nichols Library are open earlier on the weekend and later during the week to align with the needs of UMKC students. Additional measures associated with the later hours include:
Improvements you can see in the library spaces.
New furniture for studying and collaborating, paint and carpet in public study areas, new whiteboards, study rooms, accessibility updates.
Things that our library staff does to directly work with and support students, and to connect with UMKC students who may not yet be using the library.
Outreach to UMKC students, library instruction programs, marketing materials and giveaways, campus-wide library assessment.
Databases, books, collections of eBooks, and the search tool that makes them accessible to students.
Affordable textbooks initiative, subscription to the most student-centered eBook collection, EBSCO Academic Search Premier database.
Hardware and software used by students in the library buildings.
Wifi, student-use computer workstations, printing options, chargers to borrow, technology in library study rooms, library resources in Canvas.