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 fall semester.

Research Appointments

You can schedule an appointment to use the Reading Room. Appointments are not required.

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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.

Fall 2021 Hours

Building Hours

October 2-January 17
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Reading Room Hours

October 2-January 17
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 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.


  • Mon., Sep. 6: Closed, Labor Day Holiday
  • Sat., Oct. 9: Closed, Fall Break
  • Thu., Nov. 25-Sat., Nov. 27: Closed, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Sat., Dec. 18: Closed, Winter Break
  • Thu., Dec. 23: Reading Room Closed, Christmas Holiday
  • Fri., Dec. 24-Sun., Jan. 2: Closed, Christmas Holiday
  • Sat., Jan. 8: Closed, Winter Break
  • Sat., Jan. 15: Closed, Winter Break
  • Mon., Jan. 17: Closed, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Aerial view of the KU campus prominently featuring Spencer Research Library, the Campanile, and Strong Hall.

New at Spencer Research Library

Graphic with the exhibit name, "Mary Huntoon: Artist and Art Therapist,” and a black-and-white photograph of Huntoon standing at an easel with paintings behind her.

Current Exhibition

Learn about the career of Kansas artist Mary Huntoon (1896–1970). Open in Spencer's Exhibit Space through November 23.
Researcher sitting at a table wearing white cloth gloves and looking at photographs attached to black scrapbook pages.

Travel Awards: Now Accepting Applications

Receive funding to travel to Spencer and use the collections for your research. Applications are due by December 31.
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."