Kenneth Spencer Research Library is open to everyone. We welcome visitors to our North Gallery and Exhibit Space; University of Kansas students, faculty, staff, and alumni; visiting researchers; and members of the community.

Librarians are available to consult with researchers to help plan their use of Spencer’s rare and unique resources, such as books, manuscripts, photographs, and materials in many subject areas.

The Collections

Collections at Spencer

The unique and treasured collections at the Spencer Research Library include ancient and medieval manuscripts; one of the largest collections of Irish literature outside Dublin; special collections in the history of science and education; the Kansas Collection; the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements; and the University Archives.

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Visiting Spencer

Hours for Spring 2020

In response to the outbreak of coronavirus, and by order of the Douglas County Department of Health, Kenneth Spencer Research Library is closed to the public. Library staff is able to provide limited reference support for off-site patrons. Inquiries can be submitted to our general reference account,

Monday–Friday, beginning March 14: Closed
Saturday, beginning March 14*: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*Open on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters when KU classes are in session.

For other closings and hours during semester breaks and holidays, see our Exception Dates.

Requests for delivery of items from the stacks are accepted until 45 minutes before closing. All collection materials must be returned at least 15 minutes before closing.

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