Library policies and procedures

Access to Library Services Policies

Access to Library Services Policies identify the requirements for access to library services for KU students, faculty, and staff on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, for KU Medical Center students, faculty, and staff for library use on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, for visiting scholars, and for other library users including those from Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas residents, and KU Alums.  Levels of library service are defined, and borrower responsibilities are outlined.

Circulation Policies and Procedures

This section includes a Circulation Policy FAQ, how to use your KU Card in the KU Libraries, and information about loan periods, library notices, patron barcodes, recalls and requests, and renewing and returning library materials.  Library policies for fines and fees and lost item replacement charges are outlined here. Information is included on what is required for Kansas residents, KU alumni and other library users to acquire a KU Library Borrower Card.

Code of Conduct for Library Users

The Code of Conduct reports the Libraries' commitment to our users and our expectations of library users.

Library services for various types of users (Haskell, Kansas residents, KU alumni and more)

The University of Kansas Libraries serve the information needs of the University community, the scholarly world, and the general public. Use this section to find information about services available to Kansas residents, KU alumni, Haskell Indian Nations University, Kansas college and university students and faculty, etc. Includes information about the new Visitor Access Program for Printing and Copying.

Gift Policy

Ask questions about KU Libraries policies and procedures

Ask Questions tells you who to contact and where to get help with your questions about KU Libraries policies and procedures.


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