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History of the James C. Kirkpatrick Library

James C. Kirkpatrick

Named after the longest serving Missouri Secretary of State, the James C. Kirkpatrick Library is an advanced research and information facility designed to support the comprehensive range of the University's academic programs and statewide mission in technology. Containing 200,000 square feet of floor space and over 2.3 million books, documents, periodicals, a curriculum collection, and other information, the Library has a footprint the size of one football field.

Under construction for two and a half years, the Library is built for the demands of the 21st century, offering a myriad of sophisticated learning tools and information connections expanding worldwide.With large glass panels that line the exterior walls of the building providing significant natural light, the Library provides students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a clean, comfortable, and safe environment within which to research, study, and create new knowledge.

JCKL Building

Today, the Library serves as the University’s central space for academic learning, housing the Harmon Computer Commons, the Honors College, the Learning Commons, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the University Museum and Archives. Students have access to 20+ group study and media preview rooms, computers for use throughout the building, as well as wireless access everywhere. Einstein’s Bagels and Jimmy K’s Café offer beverages and light snacks, along with numerous places to sit and relax, do group work, or study.

(Taken in part from:  Central Missouri State. James C. Kirkpatrick Library. Dedication Program. March 24, 1999.)