Exterior of the North Gallery at Spencer Research Library.

Kenneth Spencer Research Library

We welcome everyone to discover stories from KU, Kansas, and around the world within Spencer's remarkable and diverse collections. Here you can encounter rare and unique items ranging from 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablets to more than one million historical photographs of KU.

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Location, Parking, and Accessibility

Get details about finding the library on KU's Lawrence campus.

Aeon Login

You need a current user account in our online system, Aeon, to access collections on-site at Spencer.

Spencer Collections

Find information about, and digitized surrogates of, materials in a variety of places.

Citation Guide

Get help citing Spencer materials, especially archival collections, using APA, MLA, and Chicago styles.

Current Hours

January 16-May 12

Building and Exhibits

Monday-Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Sunday: Closed

Reading Room (In-Person Research)

Monday-Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturday: 9am - 12:30pm
Sunday: Closed

Requests for collection materials are accepted until 30 minutes before the Reading Room closes.


  • Sat., Mar. 9: Closed, KU Spring Break
  • Sat., Mar. 16: Closed, KU Spring Break
  • Sat., May 11: Closed, Summer Break
Exterior of Spencer's North Gallery in snow.

New at Spencer Research Library

Brochure cover showing Clinton Lake with surrounding parks, places, and roads.

February-March Exhibit

Learn about the history of Lawrence's Clinton Lake, starting with the disastrous Flood of 1951. Open in the North Gallery until February 27.
Illustration of birds in shades of white, black, and brown.

New Online Finding Aids

Discover what the manuscripts processing team has been up to! Explore their list of new finding aids published in the last six months of 2023.
KU's Common Book, "Parable of the Sower," in a sunny field.

KU Common Book Exhibit

See published and unpublished materials by and about Octavia E. Butler from Spencer's science fiction collections. Open in the reception area through April 2024.

2023 Spencer Snapshot

in-person researchers in the Reading Room
of in-person researchers who are KU undergraduate and graduate students
tours and events for campus, K-12, community, national, and international groups
instruction sessions for KU classes, reaching more than 1,300 students