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KU Libraries At a Glance

The University of Kansas Libraries transform lives by inspiring the discovery and creation of knowledge for the university and our global community.

More about KU Libraries

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Mission & Vision

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Strategic Plan 2020-22

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Student-friendly spaces

KU Libraries locations provide quiet and group study areas that offer diverse solutions to students’ study needs.

Locations & Hours
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Classroom instruction  

Our expert librarians teach students how to use library resources in classrooms across campus, reaching thousands of Jayhawk scholars.

Instructional support
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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 can also request and quickly receive items not available in the libraries’ collections through interlibrary loan (ILL). Requests for electronic articles are often delivered in 24 hours or less.

Find Resources
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Leaders in Open Access

KU was the first public institution in the U.S. to adopt a faculty-led open access policy. 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.

Open Access at KU
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Here to help  

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

Ask a Librarian

By the Numbers

3M
articles accessed online
5.6M
items in six campus locations
1.2M
visits per year