Using the Collections

LaBudde Special Collections staff provide collection access (including GLAMA collections) for in-person researchers and respond to email and phone inquiries during regular department hours. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are strongly recommended for large research projects and in-depth reference assistance. Staff retrieve all requested material for researchers to consult on-site in designated research areas.


We provide tours of our facilities (including the famous Robot!) for groups large and small. You can also request a tour as part of your instruction session. Please contact us ahead of time to schedule a tour. A virtual tour is also available:

LaBudde Special Collections virtual tour


We offer three general types of instruction session:

  1. Introductory session: Teaches students the basics, like where LaBudde Special Collections is located, how to request and use the resources, and exposes the students to distinctive primary sources unique to UMKC and the Kansas City community.
  2. Research orientation: Provides instruction on in-depth use of LaBudde Special Collections’ finding aids, catalog, and collections. This type of session is typically tailored to a specific course subject or assignment. Our staff is available to collaborate on assignment design.
  3. Project based session: Offers opportunities for unique research projects ranging from building physical or digital exhibits to transcribing historic documents. These collaborations are generally longer than one class period and require advance planning with a special collections librarian.

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Duplication Services

If you would like to request duplication services, please email us.

Basic Scanning & Copying

We use a pay-what-you-can model for Basic Scanning & Copying requests services to ensure access to our collections regardless of financial situation. We will use the Basic Scanning & Copying fees below to give you an estimate of the value of labor to complete your request but you are free to pay that amount, more, or less, as you are able.

High-resolution Scanning & Image Reproductions

You can request and pay for high-quality scans of collection materials, including image reproductions, for personal or public use.

If the item has already been digitized, a per-item fee applies. If the item has not been digitized, a time/labor fee is assessed instead, based on a 30 minute minimum charge and 15 minute increments thereafter.

A public use fee may also apply. This fee is assessed once per project and covers all items and mediums of distribution. Paying a public use fee is not a clearance of copyright. Fees are detailed below.

Low-Resolution Image Reproductions

You can freely download scaled images in JPG file format from Digital Special Collections.

To download an image, select the far left blue button just above the image viewer. Credit us: "LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC University Libraries." This is a free and easy option if images do not need to be high quality, such as for private study or small-scale online use.


LaBudde Special Collections reserves the right to assess fees in addition to those below, such as supplies, shipping & other service charges.