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KU Libraries offer new resources and facilities’ updates

Monday, August 22, 2016

KU Libraries are offering a range of new resources and spaces for students, faculty and staff across campus, including a new quick-record studio, additional group study rooms, reflection rooms and gender-inclusive restrooms.

In Watson Library, new furniture was installed in select locations throughout the building. The fifth floor quiet study space underwent a comprehensive refresh of furniture, offering an increased number of seating options to suit individual study preferences.

Studio K, located on the third floor, will be open for use as students begin their fall semester. Developed in collaboration with KU IT, Studio K is a quick-record studio, designed so that any user can walk in and start recording a speech, demonstration or presentation within moments of arrival. All patrons need to bring is a USB drive, which will immediately store the recording. Optionally, users can bring a PowerPoint file which can display during the presentation.

Two newly-constructed group study rooms are now available in Watson 300B and 300C. Students, faculty or staff can reserve Studio K or group study rooms at for up to two hours.

The fourth floor of Watson offers a refurbished GIS & Data Lab. Adjustable workstations and an 80-inch touch screen monitor can be found in the renovated space.

Circulation services have extended hours in Spahr, Watson and Anschutz Libraries. Staff will now be available from 10 p.m.- midnight on Sunday through Thursday. Overnight study hours will continue to be offered in Anschutz Library, and Watson will remain open until 2 a.m. More information on building hours can be found

KU Libraries have also created two reflection rooms for use by students, faculty and staff. These spaces, located in Watson 585 and Anschutz 320L, are available expressly for the purposes of reflection, meditation and prayer, regardless of faith or denomination. The rooms will be available for use during regularly scheduled building hours. Additional details about these and other reflection rooms across campus are available at

In addition, gender-inclusive restrooms are now available on the fifth floor of Watson and the south side of Anschutz’s second floor.

“We look forward to students experiencing the transformations that our libraries have undergone,” said Kent Miller, associate dean of KU Libraries. “We continue pursuing ways to make our spaces and resources more open and inclusive for all students, faculty and staff.” 

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