The University of Kansas Libraries is committed to providing equitable access to information to all faculty, staff, students, and members of the KU community. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and in collaboration with the appropriate University resource centers, library staff will make good faith efforts to accommodate reasonable requests for assistance in obtaining, accessing, and making use of library resources, materials, and services.
The University of Kansas Libraries provides accessibility workstations with software installed to provide assistance to users with disabilities in the Anschutz, Art & Architecture, Music & Dance, Spahr, and Watson libraries on the Lawrence campus. Please refer to our page on adaptive technology for a complete listing of software applications currently available. Access to adaptive technology workstations requires an active KU Online ID.
Electronic journals, books, and databases
the KU Libraries subscribes to a vast number of electronic resources provided through a large number of commercial vendors and publishers and not all resources were designed for maximum accessibility. Users requiring assistance accessing these materials should contact the Kent Miller, KU Libraries Accessibility Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
While numerous pages and resources adhere to accessibility guidelines, some legacy materials are not fully compliant. If you face difficulty accessing our website, please email email@example.com.
HathiTrust is a digital repository of collections of some of the major research libraries in the United States. Some of the content is in the public domain and available to all. Through a designated proxy, eligible KU patrons can receive special access to in-copyright materials. Consult the HathiTrust site for more details.
Retrieving Library Materials
Library staff are available at each unit's service desk to assist users in retrieving materials. While efforts are made for immediate retrieval, advance notice might be necessary for a large number of items. Users needing assistance in accessing library stacks are advised to prepare a list and use the online catalog. KU-affiliated users can also utilize Retrieve from Shelf and WebRetrieve services for material delivery.
Print materials may be magnified or scanned using adaptive technology available on designated workstations in the Watson and Anschutz libraries on the Lawrence campus. Please refer to our page on adaptive technology for a complete listing of software applications currently available. Access to adaptive technology workstations requires an active KU Online ID.
See Public Scanners by Location for more information about where scanners can be found.
Rare and Fragile Materials
Many print materials cannot withstand use on adaptive technology workstations and there are restrictions on the circulation of rare materials. Please contact Kent Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options for accessing rare and fragile materials available only in print.
Print materials that cannot be made accessible using adaptive technology may require the aid of a reader. Students requiring a reader should contact the Student Access Center, Room 22, Strong Hall.
General assistance is available in person, over the phone, and via electronic mail during designated service hours. Links to service hours, phone numbers, and Web-based services are available at Ask a Librarian.
Meet with a Librarian
Meet with a Librarian to find the best resources for your topic, develop research strategies, locate primary sources, and search the web for credible information. Request a meeting