Nov 7, 2007    #156
Contact: Angela Turner

Ceremonial groundbreaking for UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library expansion set for Oct. 31

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) will hold a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at 2 p.m. for the expansion and renovation of the Miller Nichols Library.

UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey, philanthropist Jeannette Nichols and other civic leaders will be among the speakers. The Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation and The Miller and Jeannette Nichols Foundation contributed $7 million for the expansion and renovation. Julia Irene Kauffman has also committed a leadership gift of $1 million.

The groundbreaking will be held outside the Miller Nichols Library at 800 East 51st Street, at the intersection of 51st Street and Rockhill Road. A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony. Miller Nichols Library serves as the comprehensive public research library for the Kansas City metropolitan area. Upon opening in 1969, the library was designed to serve a student population of 6,000.

Completion of the project will help the library meet the needs of the 14,000 students currently at UMKC, and the additional classroom space would accommodate a more than 20 percent increase in enrollment. The enhanced research facility also will address the needs of thousands of community patrons.

The Miller Nichols Library and Interactive Learning Center will provide space for critical student services, research and sustained growth of the UMKC library collections via an automated high-density storage and retrieval system.

The expansion and renovation will be completed in three phases and will result in approximately 170,000 renovated square feet and 65,000 new square feet of classroom and learning space.

“We are excited about this opportunity to provide a world-class facility for our students,” said Sharon L. Bostick, Ph.D., dean of University Libraries. “The ceremonial groundbreaking will celebrate all of those whose commitment made this expansion and renovation project possible.”

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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