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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 5.6 million items in seven campus locations, which see more than 1.2 million visits every year. In 2016-17, patrons checked out nearly 130,000 items and accessed more than 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.

KU Libraries: Statistical Snapshot

Student-friendly spaces. Many libraries have cafés or delis, and most have group study areas as well as quiet zones.

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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