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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 17-May 13

Building and Exhibits

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Reading Room (In-Person Research)

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

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


  • Sat., Mar. 11: Closed, KU Spring Break
  • Sat., Mar. 18: Closed, KU Spring Break
  • Sat., May 13: Closed, Summer Break
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New at Spencer Research Library

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Current Exhibition

Learn more about Spencer's large collection of Italian bound business records, dating primarily from the 16th-18th centuries. Open in the Exhibit Space through January 13.
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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.