What to Expect in the Libraries

Student studying in Watson Library with a face mask on

Updated January 11, 2022

Our Spaces

All KU Libraries locations across campus are open to the public. Please see Locations and Hours for detailed schedule of open hours.

We welcome you safely.

We are resolved to protecting the broader Jayhawk community while we strive to advance our mission – transforming lives by inspiring the discovery and creation of knowledge for the university and our global community.

Library spaces are configured to support healthy practices:

  • If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or believe that you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should stay home and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Our spacious, flexible learning and study spaces support the opportunity for distancing.
  • In alignment with campus protocol, our spaces are cleaned regularly. Supplies are available so that users can clean spaces before each use.

The university urges all Jayhawks to get vaccinated as soon as possible. For more information, visit the Protect KU site.

Additional details about our spaces, resources, and support for advancing teaching and research needs are outlined below.

You can access our computer workstations.

Computers are available for walk-in use. Many popular campus lab software applications are also available remotely via Virtual Lab.

You can reserve study rooms.

Our study rooms may be reserved online.

Some equipment is available for check-out.

Laptops are available for one-week check-out. Calculators, markers, and voice recorders are also available.

Stacks are open and materials are accessible.

Library users can access and browse physical collections housed in most library stacks. KU students, faculty, and staff may also request specific items to be pulled for pick-up through our Retrieve From Shelf process. You can visit Spencer Research Library’s Reading Room to use materials (advanced appointments are optional).

You are welcome to enjoy beverages and light snacks in our spaces.

You may bring your own beverages and snacks into library spaces where allowed.

Our Resources

You can access library collection materials through a number of channels. Digital resources are readily available. You can access items from our collections in a variety of ways:

Course reserves are available.

Physical course reserves are offered.

Your Teaching & Research

We are here to support your instructional needs. Our expert library faculty and staff partner with instructors to integrate research skills and information literacy outcomes into courses and assignments. In-person library instruction will follow university protocols that prioritize the health and safety of students, instructors, and library faculty and staff.

Request a consultation with a library instructor to discuss your needs and potential approaches.

We provide Video Tutorials and Subject and Course Guides to support research and assignments for courses.

Our Copyright and Online Instruction Guide provides support for questions about copyright and online teaching. Please contact copyright@ku.edu for more on copyright, fair use, and online instruction.

Research support is at your fingertips.

KU Libraries' Ask a Librarian service offers research help in person, via chat, and via email.

KU librarians are available for research consultations. Please contact us to arrange a consultation with our experts in digital, print, and archival collections; scholarly communication; citation management; digital scholarship; and more.

Community & Wellness

Please see our Community Resources Guide for links to additional library, cultural, and wellness resources. KU's Mental Health Resource Guide outlines campus and community resources that support behavioral health and wellness.


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