Spencer Research Library is currently closed to the public, and in-person services are unavailable at this time. Staff remain available to provide services and resources for remote teaching, learning, and research. Please contact us at ksrlref@ku.edu for limited research support and reproduction request options. Visit https://lib.ku.edu/remote for more information about KU Libraries services and resources.

Welcome to Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Welcome to Kenneth Spencer Research Library, a destination for researchers and scholars from around the world. This is an exciting time for the library, and we welcome you to come share the future with us.

Our mission is to connect scholars in varied disciplines with the information that is critical to their research, while providing excellent services in a welcoming and comfortable environment.

We continue to build outstanding collections of materials, ranging from the documents of ordinary life in Kansas, to stunning illuminated manuscripts, to exciting images of our university. We treasure our stewardship of these materials and realize that access is at the heart of our mission.

Whether you visit us in Lawrence or consult our collections virtually from around the world, we are pleased to assist you in furthering your knowledge, your insight, and your inspiration.

Beth M. Whittaker
Associate Dean for Distinctive Collections
Director of Spencer Research Library


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