Leon E. Bloch Law Library

(816) 235-1650


The Leon E. Bloch Law Library is a comfortable, efficient and user-friendly facility located in the School of Law at 52nd and Oak streets and open to both students and members of the public. All UMKC students may check materials out with a current student ID.

The library contains holdings in all major areas of legal scholarship and practice, including international, comparative and government materials. The collection can be found both in the open shelves of the Library as well as in the MNL RooBot, a highly automated storage and retrieval system.  Those items located in the RooBot can be found and retrieved using the online catalog.  The Library also has ample research and study space provided by tables and study carrels, and a dedicated tax law alcove.

The physical collection is augmented by subscription databases, an international interlibrary loan system, and a state-wide lending consortium, including the University and Law Libraries of the University of Missouri - Columbia, Saint Louis University and Washington University.

Electronic Resource Center

Technology has reshaped legal research in ways that will forever alter how attorneys and judges approach their work. The information professionals of the Leon E. Bloch Law Library have embraced this transformation by providing wireless networking throughout the law building and the Jerry Haley Electronic Resource Center (JHERC). The JHERC includes 15 work stations. Other library rooms are equipped with large monitors for students to plug into with their laptops.

The lab also includes printers, scanners and a dedicated workstation for the visually impaired. Librarians provide instruction in legal information technologies in courses and on an individual basis.

Law Library and Resource Center Hours

      Monday – Thursday  ---    8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

               Friday    --------   8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

          Saturday    --------   9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

          Sunday      --------   Noon – 7 p.m.

Reference Hours

The library’s highly qualified reference librarians, with many years of legal practice as well as library experience, are available during the regular semester as follows:

       Monday – Friday -----  10 a.m.– 4 p.m.     

PLEASE NOTE:  access to the library is restricted after 7:00 p.m. to law students and faculty.  Exceptions may be made for other students needing to do research, on a case-by-case basis.

Summer, spring break and intersession hours are available at http://law.umkc.edu/library. You may also call us at 816-235-1650.