We are excited to welcome you to Spencer Research Library. Please note that our hours have changed and that the Reading Room is open by appointment only. Learn more about what to expect in Spencer and in other KU library locations during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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/Summer 2021


Monday-Friday: 9am - 4pm                  
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

Reading Room

Monday-Friday: 1pm - 3:30pm
(by appointment only)
Saturday-Sunday: Closed

The library will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, May 31: Memorial Day
  • Friday, June 18: KU Libraries' Day of Reflection, Healing & Learning
  • Monday, July 5: Independence Day

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

Requests for collection materials are accepted until 45 minutes before the Reading Room closes.

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