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Kenneth Spencer Research Library is located at 1450 Poplar Lane, behind Strong Hall, on the University of Kansas main campus in Lawrence. The library is open to everyone, and the Reading Room can be used by anyone who registers and shows photo identification.

Map of Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Location

The easiest way for pedestrians to reach Spencer Research Library is from Jayhawk Boulevard. Visitors should walk through the rotunda of Strong Hall and cross the terrace connected to the library. Please note that ice and snow may close the terrace during the winter months.

A second entrance is located on Spencer's ground floor, beneath the terrace to Strong Hall and adjacent to the covered parking area off Poplar Lane.

There is no entrance to Spencer Research Library on the north side of the building, along Memorial Drive.

Parking

Spencer Research Library has one reserved parking space for researchers, visitors, and donors. The space is located on Poplar Lane near the library building. It must be reserved in advance by contacting Emily Beran, Public Services Library Assistant, at 785-864-4891 or emilyberan@ku.edu. There is other no visitor parking adjacent to Spencer Research Library.

During the week when KU classes are in session, on-campus parking is restricted to KU faculty, staff, and students. Most parking spaces are open on the weekend, except for Saturdays in the fall when there is a home KU football game. Be sure to check all signage before parking on campus.

The garage on Mississippi Street – adjacent to the Memorial Union – is the visitor parking option closest to Spencer. Parking in the garage is $1.75 for the first hour or any portion of an hour, and $1.50 per hour for all subsequent hours.

Spencer visitors can alternatively purchase half-day ($7.50), one-day ($15), or one-week ($58) passes at the KU Parking office. These will allow you to park in Blue, Red, or Yellow lots. There are Blue and Red lots directly behind Spencer, along Memorial Drive, although they tend to be full by 8:00am if not earlier. There are also Red and Yellow lots by Memorial Stadium, which usually still has available spots at 9:00am.

Disability Access

The ground floor door (in the covered parking area off Poplar Lane) of Spencer Research Library is approached by sidewalks with curb cuts and has powered doors activated by clearly marked buttons. These are particularly useful for visitors using wheelchairs or carrying awkward packages.

All public areas of the library are wheelchair accessible and have braille signage.

Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the ground floor.

All floors of the library are served by an elevator located just inside the entrance doors.

Spencer Research Library has a wheelchair available for researchers, visitors, and donors. Ask at the Spencer reception desk about using the wheelchair during your library visit, or contact Emily Beran, Public Services Library Assistant, at 785-864-4891 or emilyberan@ku.edu.

Contact Information

For additional information about parking and accommodations at Spencer Research Library, please contact:

Emily Beran
Public Services Library Assistant
Kenneth Spencer Research Library
University of Kansas Libraries
1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence, Kansas 66045

Email: emilyberan@ku.edu
Phone: 785-864-4891


Contact

Caitlin Donnelly
Head of Public Services
cdonnelly@ku.edu
785-864-4456

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