Library Renovation for Student Success

A student with a laptop gestures as if they are on a video call, other students sit and stand at blue and yellow chairs and tables

We’re honored to announce that UMKC has received a gift of $2 million to assist with the renovation of the fourth floor of the Miller Nichols Library. The gift was received in the form of a three-year challenge grant by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation.

An architectural rendering shows students conversing in small groups, standing outside a classroom and sitting on blue and yellow benches, and decorations of blue, yellow, and white hexagons.
The central entrance to the fourth floor, showing a classroom, modular seating and desks, and a corridor of study room entrances.

As academic libraries evolve they increasingly add ways to draw students in with related services including academic support, labs, technology rooms, lecture halls and classrooms. The goal of this project is to relocate student success programs to the fourth floor of the Miller Nichols Library. The reconfigured floor will offer an updated space that is flexible, inviting, and welcoming and serve to attract and retain students by connecting them with support that meets their academic needs. Our objective is for students to be more successful while they are at UMKC, as well as after graduation. The project will result in a unique building that brings together our library, classroom learning environments, an automated storage and retrieval system, and student success services.

The UMKC community can expect changes to begin after commencement this May. The fourth floor of the library, currently the silent study floor, will close for renovation in late May and reopen with brand new spaces for student success programs and open study in fall 2025. The second floor of the library will become the new silent study floor, from June 2024. 

An architectural rendering shows students standing and sitting at different types of tables in an area with light from windows. Whiteboards are on the walls, and a decorative lighting fixture covers the ceiling. The chairs are yellow and blue.
This area is planned for academic support and mentoring programs, with comfortable seating for students to meet together or with peer mentors.

The Libraries wish to extend our thanks to the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation for their gift. We are grateful for your past and continued support of UMKC Libraries. 

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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