University Libraries

Miller Nichols Library
800 E. 51st Street
Service Desk (816) 235-1526 
Administration (816) 235-1531
Fax: (816) 235-5531

Health Sciences Library
School of Medicine, Second Floor
2411 Holmes Street
(816) 235-1880

Leon E. Bloch Law Library
School of Law
500 E. 52nd Street
(816) 235-1650

Mailing Address:
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University Libraries
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

University Libraries Administration

Dean of Libraries:
Bonnie Postlethwaite 

Associate Dean of Libraries:
Cindy Thompson

Assistant Dean of Special Collections and Archives:
Sandy Rodriguez

Assistant Director for Administrative Services:
Jennifer Eigsti

Leon E. Bloch Law Library Administration

Director of Leon E. Bloch Law Library:
Paul D. Callister

Associate Director of Leon E. Bloch Law Library:
Ayyoub Ajmi

Description of the Libraries

The University Libraries consist of the Miller Nichols Library and the Health Sciences Library, and we partner with the Leon E. Bloch Law Library.  The University Libraries is an integral partner within UMKC and the greater Kansas City community and seeks to inspire and empower learners engaged in research, discovery, services, and creativity to reach their goals.

The University Libraries provide research facilities, resources and services in support of academic programs. We partner with UMKC Student Disability Services and are committed to providing services and assistance to all members of the UMKC Community. Information about accessibility can be found on the Web site at and by calling 816-235-5612 or the Miller Nichols Library at 816-235-1526. The Library accepts calls through the National Relay Service (711) and the Missouri Relay Service (800-735-2966).

The Miller Nichols Library serves primarily the College of Arts and Sciences, the Conservatory, and the Schools of Management, Education, Biological and Chemical Sciences, and Computing and Engineering. Specialized libraries include: the Leon E. Bloch Law Library in the School of Law and the Health Sciences Library located in the School of Medicine, and serving the schools of Medicine, DentistryNursing & Health Studies and Pharmacy. UMKC faculty, students and staff have access to all collections and services, subject to the policies in effect at each library location.

Other Collections:

Ayyoub Ajmi Contact Information; librarian II; associate director, Leon E. Bloch law Library; B.S. (University of Texas in Arlington); M.L.I.S. (University of North Texas - Denton).

Stephen P. Alleman Contact Information; librarian III; head of collection development; B.A. (Tulane University); M.L.S. (Louisiana State University); M.A. (University of New Orleans).

Jason K. Alston Contact Information; assistant teaching professor of information science & learning technology; B.A. (University of North Carolina-Wilmington); M.L.S. (North Carolina Central University); Ph.D. (University of South Carolina).

Paul D. Callister1 Contact Information; director, Leon E. Bloch Law Library, and professor of law; B.A. (Brigham Young University); J.D. (Cornell Law School); M.S.L.I.S. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Scott Curtis Contact Information; librarian IV; teaching and learning librarian; B.S. (University of Pittsburgh); M.S. (The George Washington University); M.L.S. (Emporia State University).

Brenda L. Dingley Contact Information; librarian II; head of scholarly communications; B.A. (Indiana University); A.M.L.S. (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor).

Cynthia Flanagan  Contact Information; librarian I; clinical medical librarian; B.A., M.L.I.S. (University of South Carolina).

Julie A. Hartwell  Contact Information; librarian II; instructional design librarian; B.A. (University of South Dakota); M.L.I.S. (University of Iowa).

Mariah L. Harvey Contact Information; librarian II; electronic resources and acquisitions librarian; B.S. (Rockhurst University); M.L.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia).

Stuart Hinds Contact Information; librarian II; curator of special collections and archives; B.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City); M.A. (University of Iowa).

Tracey Hughes Contact Information; librarian II; teaching and learning librarian; B.S. (McPherson College); M.I.S.L.T. (University of Missouri-Columbia); M.A.L.S. (University of Missouri-Kansas City).

Derek C. Long  Contact Information; librarian II; head of marr sound archives; A.S. (Full Sail University); M.L.S. (University of North Carolina).

Mardi Mahaffy Contact Information; librarian III; head of teaching and learning; B.M. (University of Northern Iowa); M.L.S. (Indiana University).

Kelley K. Martin  Contact Information; librarian II; assessment and user research coordinator; B.A. (University of Missouri-Kansas City); M.Ed. (University of Missouri-Columbia); M.L.I.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia).

Nara L. Newcomer1 Contact Information; librarian IV; head of music/media library and adjunct associate professor, conservatory of music and dance; B.A. (Bethany College); M.L.S., M.A. (State University of New York at Buffalo).

Buddy D. Pennington Contact Information; librarian III; head of electronic resources and systems; B.S., B.S., M.L.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia).

Joshua Pluta  Contact Information; librarian II; director of research and instructional services, Leon E. Bloch Law Library; M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia); J.D. (University of Nebraska College of Law).

Bonnie Postlethwaite Contact Information; librarian IV; dean of libraries; B.S.E., B.A., M.A. (University of Kansas); M.S.L.S. (University of Illinois).

Staci J. Pratt; librarian II; director of public services; B.A. (Dartmouth College); J.D. (Boston College Law School), L.L.M. (King's College, University of London); M.S.W (University of Kansas); M.L.I.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia).

Sandy Rodriguez Contact Information; librarian III; assistant dean of special collections and archives; B.M.M.E., M.S.L.S. (University of Kentucky). 

Jennifer R. Salvo-Eaton Contact Information; librarian II; head of resource sharing and graduate student services; B.A. (University of Iowa); M.L.S.I.S. (Long Island University).

Wendy A. Sistrunk Contact Information; librarian III; head of cataloging and metadata management; B.M. (Kansas State University); M.M. (Arizona State University); M.S. (Simmons College).

Lindy Smith; librarian II; head of labudde special collections; B.M. (Bowling Green State University); M.L.I.S., M.M. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Kristy E. Steigerwalt Contact Information; librarian III; head of clinical support; M.L.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia); Pharm.D. (University of Missouri-Kansas City).

Garth L. Tardy; librarian II; special formats cataloger; B.A. (Bowdoin College); M.S. (University of Kansas); M.L.S. (Indiana University).

Cynthia Marie Thompson Contact Information; librarian III; associate dean of libraries; B.A. (William Jewell College); M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia); Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Kansas City).

Marie Thompson Contact Information;librarian II; teaching and learning librarian; B.A. (University of Missouri Kansas City); M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia).

Gloria L. Tibbs Contact Information; librarian III; organizational development coordinator; B.A., M.L.S. (Emporia State University).

Danielle Wellemeyer  Contact Information; Librarian II; head of outreach and engagement; B.A. (Wichita State University), M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia); M.A. (Kansas State University).

Fu Zhuo Contact Information; librarian III; teaching and learning librarian; B.A., M.A. (Wuhan University); M.ED. (University of Western Ontario); M.L.I.S. (University of Alberta).