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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.


Digital Collections

KU Libraries Digital Collections include holdings from Spencer Research Library.

Finding Aids

KU Libraries provide access to a growing number of finding aids from Spencer Research Library. These inventories reveal the wide variety of materials found in manuscript collections, including photographs, correspondences, printed material, diaries and drawings.

KU Libraries Catalog

You can find information about the majority of Spencer Research Library’s holdings by searching the KU Libraries online catalog. Follow these steps to limit your search results to just the materials in Spencer Research Library:

  1. Go to the KU Libraries online catalog and click on "Advanced Search" to the right of the search box. If you're starting on the homepage of the Libraries website, you can get to the online catalog by clicking on “Advanced Search” under the main search box.
  2. At the top of the screen, find “Search for” and select “Books and more.”
  3. Enter your search term(s) and click on “Search.”
  4. From the results, find “Tweak my results” on the right. Scroll down to the “KU Libraries” section and select Spencer.
  5. The default setting in the catalog is to sort results by relevance. Consider re-sorting your results in chronological order by clicking on the "Sort by" drop-down menu under "Tweak my results." This would, for example, bring primary sources about the American Civil War (written during and just after the conflict) to the beginning of your results list and secondary sources (written after the conflict up to the present) to the end of the results list.
  6. Click on an item's title to see the catalog record, which contains more information about that particular resource.

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