Questions & Answers About the Library Fee

How did the movement for a library fee start?

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With students! Student Government Association (SGA) contacted library staff to request information about changes students want to see at their libraries. The library presented cost estimates for different kinds of library improvements, and how much of a library fee students would need to pay for those changes. SGA senators sponsored a resolution to bring a library fee to a student body vote. SGA voted unanimously in favor of the resolution, and then then voted unanimously to approve referendum language describing how the library fee appeared on the ballot during SGA elections in March 2019. All UMKC students were eligible to vote on the library fee referendum March 18-22, 2019. 1,414 students voted and 72% voted in favor of the library fee.