The transformation of UMKC’s Library into the Miller Nichols Library & Learning Center represents a dramatic breakthrough for the University, redefining the role of the library in campus life. The building includes a dynamic mix of reconfigurable spaces for collaborative education and provides access to a wide range of technology, student/faculty development, and community outreach opportunities.

From spaces for informal study to lecture halls, each environment is designed to promote active learning and student/faculty interaction. Specialty spaces, such as the Robot Café and content production rooms, promote the learning center as a destination for student study and gathering. The ongoing transformation includes multiple renovations and additions over a 25 year period, including a new automated archival storage system.  

Miller Nichols Library
& Learning Center

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri

“PGAV has done a great job of engaging our project team in keeping the ideas flowing!
Today’s university library is a community center where students, faculty, and staff collaborate, interact, teach, enjoy and pursue all aspects of learning.”
— Bonnie Postlethwaite, Dean of Libraries


248,000 GSF Renovation



$31.8 million



Existing Building

Fundraising Support

Interior Design

Master Planning


 Site Development

Space Planning and FF&E

Sustainable Design

Assoc. Architect

Sasaki Associates