The publishing activity of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan began in 2009 under the Office of Library and Knowledge Management. UMK Press acts as the secretariat to the University Publishing Committee, which is chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation and Research). Under UMK Press, there are several sections, including the Marketing and Managing Manuscripts Section, the Scientific Editorial Section, the Corporate Publishing Section, the Graphic Design Section and the Research Publishing Section.
UMK Press is responsible for publishing books based on research in areas related to entrepreneurship, language, agriculture, livestock, hospitality, heritage, science and mathematics. Besides that, UMK Press plays a leading role in book marketing following the policies and regulations set by the University.