Mission & Vision


The University of Kansas Libraries transform lives by inspiring the discovery and creation of knowledge for the university and our global community.


The University of Kansas Libraries will be:

  • A place of welcome, amplifying the diverse voices of our community
  • A leader in the dissemination of knowledge, advancing innovative and sustainable ways to collect, create and steward resources
  • A partner in connecting and engaging communities, fostering student success and transformative research

1.5 million visits a year at 7 library locations
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection
—American Library Association
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
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
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