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.

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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