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Graduate students' guide to library services at KU: Home

A guide to the Information Commons at the Rohrbach Library for Graduate students

How can the library help me?

Welcome to the Rohrbach Library!


The Rohrbach Library at KU has an outstanding collection of resources, especially online databases of peer-reviewed journals, for research at the Masters and Doctoral levels.  

With your KU ID, you can borrow the books, equipment, and media,  use it, and bring it back. You can borrow up to 75 items at a time.

The library has tens of thousands of reputable online journal subscriptions through the library website to help you turn in better assignments and get better grades in much less time than if you just use Google. Ask a librarian to show you how it works.

Most databases will provide you with the citations of the journal articles you need for your research papers already typed in MLA or APA.  Librarians can show you where to find these citations. You also have access to the bibliographic manager EndNoteWeb, which imports citations from other databases and will build in-text citations and bibliographies for you.

There is a Research Help Desk on the first floor, where librarians can help you with picking a topic, keywords for your topic searches, recommend databases that will be best for your topic, help you construct citations for your bibliographies, and help you find your materials in the library.

The Tech Support Desk can help you with hardware, like laptops, and software, like Microsoft Office, MyKU, and D2L, if you are having problems.

The Library has over 200 computers, and almost 100 laptops to use in the building. We have both Microsoft and Apple computers.

The Library provides Study Rooms so you can meet your group, or just find a quiet place to study with no distractions.

Finally, the library has three centers, each with specially focused materials. 

  • The University Archives is a collection of all types of artifacts in KU's history, going back to 1866.
  • The Curriculum Materials Center is a collection of children's books and teaching materials for our graduate students in education
  • Steamworks is a maker space open to all students for creative pursuits both in and outside of your assignments.

Basic Information

Library Phone:  610-683-4480

Library Hours:

Sunday 2 PM to Midnight
Monday  7:00 AM to Midnight
Tuesday 7:00 AM to Midnight
Wednesday 7:00 AM to Midnight
Thursday 7:00 AM to Midnight
Friday 7:00 AM to 5 PM
Saturday  9 AM to 5 PM

Research Phone:  610-683-4165
Research Help Desk Hours:

Sunday            2 PM to 6 PM
Monday           10 AM to 8 PM
Tuesday          10 AM to 8 PM
Wednesday      10 AM to 8 PM
Thursday          10 AM to 8 PM
Friday               10 AM to 4 PM

Other hours by appointment

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