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Using the Library

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The Kenneth Spencer Research Library, home to the University of Kansas's University Archives, Kansas Collection and Special Collections, is open to the public. We welcome University of Kansas students, faculty and staff, visiting researchers, and members of the community. We provide research services for both visitors to our Marilyn Stokstad Reading Room and for remote users.

The video tutorial below and the links to the left will help you get started. We encourage everyone to consult the relevant resources before contacting us with questions.

Please note that, as of the Spring 2014 semester, our Saturday hours have changed. We are now open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm when KU classes are in session.




Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services

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