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What to Expect: 2020-21


This page contains information about library services and resources that will be available during the summer 2021 term. [Updated May 28, 2021]

Our Spaces

All KU Libraries locations across campus are open to the public for the summer 2021 semester. A detailed schedule of hours for each location is available online.

We welcome you safely.

As you make your way through the intersession, KU Libraries welcome you safely to our buildings.

We have modified library spaces, resources, and services this year. These changes were driven first and foremost by safety protocol in accordance with university recommendations. We are resolved to protecting the broader Jayhawk community while we strive to advance our mission – transforming lives by inspiring the discovery and creation of knowledge for the university and our global community.

Library spaces are configured to support healthy practices:

  • Our spacious, flexible learning and study spaces support the opportunity for distancing.
  • In alignment with campus protocol, our spaces are cleaned regularly. Supplies are available so that users can clean spaces before each use.

Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing. The university urges all Jayhawks to get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information, visit protect.ku.edu.

Additional details about our spaces, resources, and support for advancing teaching and research needs are outlined below.

You can access our computer workstations.

Computers are available for walk-in use. Many popular campus lab software applications are also available remotely via Virtual Lab.

You can reserve study rooms.

Our study rooms may be reserved online.

Some equipment is available for check-out.

Laptops are available for one-week check-out. Headphones, calculators, markers, and voice recorders are also available.

Library stacks will open June 7.

As of June 7, library users will be allowed to access and browse physical collections housed in the library stacks. In addition, KU students, faculty, and staff may request specific items to be pulled for pick-up through our Retrieve From Shelf process.

You are welcome to enjoy beverages and light snacks in our spaces.

You may bring your own beverages and snacks into library spaces where allowed.

Our Resources

You can access library collection materials through a number of channels. Digital resources are readily available. You can access items from our collections in a variety of ways:

  • Online access to in-copyright materials through the HathiTrust Digital Library’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) will end June 7. Access to public domain materials in HathiTrust will continue.
  • You can request library materials through our Retrieve From Shelf process, then pick them up at a preferred library service desk. TripSaver will not be available this summer. 
  • The Document Delivery service may be used to request digital copies of journal articles and individual book chapters.
  • We are accepting Interlibrary Loan requests. Due to reduced availability of collections at peer institutions, response times will be slower than usual and we may be unable to fulfill some requests.
  • Please suggest a purchase to inquire about additional resources.
  • We provide access to a variety of streaming video services and accept requests to digitize portions of DVDs/videos for classroom use.
  • For Spencer Research Library materials, please contact ksrlref@ku.edu for research support and reproduction requests.

Course reserves are available.

Physical course reserves are again offered, beginning with the summer session.

Your Teaching & Research

We are here to support your instructional needs. Library faculty and staff continue partnering with instructors to integrate research skills and information literacy outcomes into courses and assignments. We anticipate meeting many summer 2021 library instruction objectives through various online methods. Instructors who anticipate learning objectives for library instruction that may require an in-person component may contact us to explore options. In-person library instruction will follow university protocols that prioritize the health and safety of students, instructors, and library faculty and staff, accounting for limited capacity in library instruction classrooms.

Request a consultation with a library instructor to discuss your needs and potential approaches.

We continue to offer Video Tutorials and Subject and Course Guides to support research and assignments for courses.

Our Copyright and Online Instruction Guide provides support for questions about copyright and online teaching. Please contact copyright@ku.edu for more on copyright, fair use, and online instruction.

Research support is at your fingertips.

KU Libraries' Ask a Librarian service continues to offer research help via chat and email.

KU librarians are available for research consultations via Zoom or other online methods. Please contact us to arrange a consultation with our experts in digital, print, and archival collections; scholarly communication; citation management; digital scholarship; and more.

Community Resources

Please see our Community Resources Guide for links to additional library, cultural, and wellness resources.


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