Policies for access to library services

The University of Kansas Libraries serve the information needs of the University community, the scholarly world, and the general public. The resources and services of the Libraries have been assembled to meet the specific needs of the members of the University community. The mission of the Libraries is based on the dual goals of providing access to information while assuring preservation of the collections. In achieving these goals, the Libraries will ensure access for all users who need information while implementing appropriate standards to provide for the preservation of library materials.

Access to library resources is a complex issue owing to the changing nature and make-up of the Libraries' collections and services. The Libraries' users may be divided into groups: those who are authorized members of the University of Kansas community, those who access the collections and services based on terms of a consortial agreement, and others. Individual users share access to the finite resources of the KU Libraries with all other users. To assure access to resources in heavy demand or to ensure the preservation of the materials, each user category has been provided with a unique set of library services.

The policies recorded in the University of Kansas Libraries Access Policy apply to the following locations of the University library system:

Anschutz Library including the T.R. Smith Map Collections
Gorton Music and Dance Library
Murphy Art and Architecture Library
Regents Center Library - Edwards Campus
Spahr Engineering Library
Watson Library

Spencer Research Library and the Wheat Law Library on the Lawrence campus, and Dykes Library at the KU Medical Center, are covered by separate policies.

Suspension of Access to Library Services

Borrowing privileges, and when applicable, access to Interlibrary Loan and remote access to databases, are suspended when:

  • Any borrower accumulates a total of $80.00 or more in unpaid library charges.
  • A KU student is no longer enrolled, a faculty or staff member is no longer employed, or the status as an active affiliate has ended.
  • The KU Library Borrower Card has expired or the borrower no longer qualifies for library privileges.

Proxy privileges will be suspended if the combined total due from the sponsor and all proxies equals $80.00 or more, or if the sponsor is no longer employed or enrolled by the University.

For additional Access to Library Services Policies information, see links to the left.:


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