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At a Glance

One of the top 50 libraries in the Association of Research Libraries by volumes held, and
 the largest library in Kansas, KU Libraries have more than 4.4 million print volumes in their seven campus locations, which see more than 1.6 million visits every year. In 2012, patrons checked out nearly 165,000 items and accessed more than 3.3 million articles online. Through our resources and expertise, KU Libraries work to advance discovery, innovation and learning for KU, the state and a rapidly expanding community of world scholars.

Student-friendly spaces. Many libraries have cafés or delis, and most have group study areas as well as quiet zones. Watson and Anschutz Libraries boast a recreational reading collection featuring 200 current bestsellers, both fiction and non-fiction.

Leaders in the Open Access movement on campus, nationally and internationally. KU was the first public institution in the U.S. to adopt a faculty-led open access policy. In 2011, KU signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, and was a founding member of the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI), a growing organization of North American universities that collaborates and advocates on a global level. The goal of Open Access is to make scholarly research more accessible to researchers and the public by using the advantages provided by digital and electronic communication.

Staff who provide direct classroom instruction. Our librarians teach students how to use library resources for more than 1,000 classes, reaching more than 16,000 KU students every year.

A wide range of electronic information resources, available anywhere. With a KU login, you can access more than 110,000 full-text journals instantly from any computer with Internet access.You also can request and quickly receive items not available in the libraries’ collections through interlibrary loan (ILL). Requests for electronic articles are often delivered in less than 24 hours; 45% of requests are delivered within 24 hours, and about 70% arrive within 48 hours.

Here to help.You can contact a librarian in person at the service desk, via text, email, Instant Messenger or phone.They specialize in one-on-one interaction, and many are subject specialists and instructors as well.


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1.5 million visits a year at 7 library locations
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection
—American Library Association
KU ScholarWorks offers access to more than 13,000 items created by KU faculty and students
An international leader in the open access movement
Users check out nearly 300,000 items every year
Users access more than 3.3 million articles online each year
More than 111,000 scores, books, sound recordings, and other volumes in Music & Dance Library
Anschutz Library serves as KU’s 24-hour study facility for students
More than 700 Vosper Society members support the mission of KU Libraries
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities