Mission

The Leon E. Bloch Law Library facilitates the work of students, legal scholars, and practitioners by preserving, providing access to, and delivering instruction in diverse and necessary legal information resources and technologies.

Vision

The Leon E. Bloch Law Library seeks to improve the legal information and technological literacy of law students and faculty, enhance the community of professionalism and scholarship at the law school, and develop subject matter expertise among its librarians and staff.

Values

  • Caring
  • Collaboration
  • Community
  • Communication
  • Competency
  • Creativity

History

The Leon E. Bloch Law Library is located within the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.  It opened its doors in 1974, thanks to the generous contribution of the Bloch family, and has since served the legal research needs of law students and faculty, the wider UMKC community, local bench and bar and members of the general public.

The Library also supports the pedagogical needs of law school faculty, providing access to resources, research assistance and in-class research instruction. Spanning three floors, the library’s print and electronic holdings encompass all major areas of legal research and practice. Study tables and carrels are located throughout the library, as are rooms that may be reserved for group work. A comfortable lounge is available for patrons on the main floor.

In 2011, the new Tom and Vina Hyde Collaborative Instruction and Technology Library opened on the ground floor, merging print resources with innovative technology. This space houses the Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust Collaborative Technology Classroom, with state of the art technology that facilitates collaborative work.