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Getting Started at the Library: Library Services

Using the library's resources and collections

Wi-Fi Access

The library provides Wi-Fi access.  When selecting a network connection, choose LHL Guest from the available list.

Copiers and Scanners

In the the Main Reading Room (MRR), the library provides: 

  • Four computer workstations with internet access
  • A self-service photocopier
  • A machine for viewing and printing from microfilm/microfiche
  • Two self-service scanners, which can send documents to an email address, or save to a zip drive or Dropbox account

Please ask staff at the Reference Desk for any assistance needed with using the equipment, or if there are issues with the computers.

Patrons assume the responsibility of complying with U.S. Copyright Law.

Study Areas

In addition to the tables in the Main Reading Room (MRR) there is table and cubby seating on the 2nd Floor.

We also have two small study rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. LHL attempts to keep the MRR quiet for study purposes; if you need an area for discussion, please use a study room so as not to disturb or disrupt other patrons using the library.

Please do not leave your personal items unattended when visiting the library.

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If you’re from outside the Kansas City area, you may request to borrow or have digitized desired library materials through our document delivery service.  

For more information:


LHL accepts a limited number of donations of items related to science, technology, engineering, and their histories.

A list of potential donations must be submitted in writing. Library staff will review all gifts prior to their acceptance into the collection. The following items will not be accepted for donation:

  • Items outside of our collecting scope (i.e. science, technology, engineering, and their histories)
  • Scientific instruments, patent models, paintings, sculptures, furniture, etc.
  • Works-for-hire without written permission from the employer or corporate entity
  • Materials in poor physical condition
  • Duplicates of titles that are already in the collection, except under special circumstances as determined by LHL staff

Donors must submit a signed donation letter containing the following information:

  • Donor name and contact information
  • The types of material being donated (books, periodicals, etc.)
  • An itemized list of the items under consideration, including author, title, and publication dates
  • Titles, volumes, issue numbers, and publication dates of all serials
  • Donor’s statement transferring ownership and relinquishing ownership of the items to LHL

A template can be downloaded from the page outlining our donations procedures; read the details here.