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Community Engagement

KU Libraries engages with incoming and returning students and reaches out to lifelong learners throughout our local, state and regional community. As a State of Kansas institution, KU Libraries is dedicated to serving users beyond our campus. Our services include effective engagement with incoming and returning students; outreach to lifelong learners throughout our local, state and regional community and the promotion of KU faculty and student scholarship through the Libraries Lecture Series and Libraries Exhibits Programs.

K-12 Engagement

KU Libraries works to promote student success in higher education throughout the state of Kansas through the creation of virtual tools and other services which engage incoming and returning students and to enhance critical thinking, academic success and lifelong learning.


Sarah Goodwin Thiel
Head of Community Engagement
Watson Library

1.5 million visits a year at 7 library locations
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection
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KU ScholarWorks offers access to more than 13,000 items created by KU faculty and students
An international leader in the open access movement
Users check out nearly 300,000 items every year
Users access more than 3.3 million articles online each year
More than 111,000 scores, books, sound recordings, and other volumes in Music & Dance Library
Anschutz Library serves as KU’s 24-hour study facility for students
More than 700 Vosper Society members support the mission of KU Libraries
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