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Frequently Asked Questions

Take a look at our FAQs below. 

Students, faculty, and staff of the Kansas University Medical Center may check out most books which have been published after 1955. Books published between 1900 and 1949 may also be checked out at the Librarian's discretion. Rare books may be used only in the Library.

Visitors not affiliated with KUMC are required to use materials onsite.

Journals at the Clendening Library do not circulate. Users are welcome to scan of articles, or request them through ILLiad

A copier/scanner is available for all Library users. The cost is ten cents per page (copier accepts one dollar bills, quarters, dimes, and nickels). The copier does not have the capability to accept copy cards. There is no charge to use the scanner.

Two computers are available for Library patrons. Each computer offers Microsoft Office, internet browsers, as well as other programs available through KUMC IT. If you want to use your laptop and require access to the Internet, WIFI and ethernet connections are available. We also make available a scanner for those researchers who wish to digitize images from Library materials (certain restrictions regarding care of the book will apply). Please note: it is up to the individual researcher to obtain permission from appropriate sources when using such images.

The Clendening Library & Museum conducts tours by appointment. Please call (913-588-7255) or email the Manager of Historical Collections for more information. 

Please see Hours and Locations for parking instructions.

Slides and/or photographs can be made for a fee. The Library recovers the costs assessed by Photo Services plus a $4.00 book handling fee which supports the Library's preservation efforts.

Patrons interested in photographs of a historical nature, including buildings and people, should contact Alex Welborn, the KUMC Archivist. He can be reached by phone at 913.588.7243 or by email.

Like most rare book libraries, the Clendening Library takes seriously its role as cultural custodian. We try to carefully balance the need for access to current users with the similar needs of future generations. Accordingly, the Library conforms, wherever possible, to the ACRL/RBMS Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections developed by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association.

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
History and Philosophy of Medicine

Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Tel: 913-588-7098 | Fax: 913-588-7060