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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Service Updates

We are ready to welcome you safely for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Aeon Login

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

Spencer Collections

You can find information about, and digitized surrogates of, materials in a variety of places.

Current Hours

Summer 2022
May 15-August 21

Hours may change based on evolving COVID-19 circumstances and campus, local, state, and federal guidelines. Please check this page for updates before visiting Spencer.

Building Hours

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Reading Room Hours

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

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


  • Thu., May 19: Reading Room open, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Mon., May 30: Closed, Memorial Day Holiday
  • Mon., Jun. 20: Closed, Juneteenth Holiday
  • Mon., Jul. 4: Closed, Independence Day Holiday
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New at Spencer Research Library

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Statement on Potentially Problematic Description

Learn how Spencer staff are addressing harmful language in our finding aids, catalog records, and digital descriptions.
Graphic that says "KU Common Book, 2021-22" and the title of the work, "Braiding Sweetgrass."

Common Book Guide

Discover archival collections and print sources at Spencer that relate to the 2021-2022 KU Common Book, "Braiding Sweetgrass."
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Citation Guide

Get help citing Spencer materials, especially archival collections. You'll find guidelines and examples for APA, MLA, and Chicago.