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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.

Exhibit Space

Located on the third floor of Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the Exhibit Space features changing exhibitions that highlight library collections. It is open to visitors whenever the building is open; visit the library hours page for more information.

Current Exhibition


Upcoming Exhibitions

Mary Huntoon: Artist and Art Therapist
August 23-November 23, 2021

Recent Exhibitions

Imagined Worlds: Writers and the Process of Speculative Fiction
January 2020 through January 2021

Unseen Hands: Care and Preservation of KU Libraries’ Collections
July 2019 through January 2020

Meet the Spencers: A Marriage of Arts and Sciences
January through June 2019

Past Exhibitions

50 for 50: Celebrating Fifty Years of Kenneth Spencer Research Library
September 2018 through January 2019

The Art of Nature: Natural History Art and Illustration by D.D. Tyler
June through August 2018

Women's Athletics at KU: From Physical Education to Recognized Athletic Program
January through May 2018

To Make the World Safe for Democracy: Kansas and the Great War
September 2017 through January 2018

Histories of the English Language
June through August 2017

Education: The Mightiest Weapon
February through May 2017

In the Shadow of Cortés: From Veracruz to Mexico City
A traveling exhibit from Indiana University Bloomington with supplemental materials from Spencer Research Library
September through December 2016

Easter 1916: Rebellion and Memory in Ireland
February through July 2016

Achievement of a Dream: The Birth of the University of Kansas
September through December 2015

All Creeping Things: A History of Herpetological Illustration
An exhibit by graduate students in KU's Museum Studies program
May through August 2015

Free Speech in America: The Wilcox Collection at 50
February 6 through April 18, 2015

Ornithological Illustration in the Age of Darwin: The Making of John Gould's Bird Books
September through November 2014

Legacy of the White City: Revisiting the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893
An exhibit by graduate students in KU's Museum Studies program
May through August 2014

The Magic of Oz: A Collection Celebrating a Classic
Materials from the collection of KU alumna and lifelong Oz collector Jane Albright
January through April 2014

Plainly Spoken
A traveling exhibit sponsored by the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers
November 2013 through January 2014

Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence: Stories of Loss, Destruction and Survival
August through October 2013

River City Rebels: Beat Poetry in Lawrence
An exhibit by graduate students in KU's Museum Studies program
May through July 2013

100 Years of Jayhawks: 1912-2012
December 2012 through March 2013

Riddle Me This: A History of Games and Puzzles
An exhibit by graduate students in KU's Museum Studies program
May through August 2012

Discover Kenneth Spencer Research Library
November 2011 through April 2012

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