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Frequently Asked Questions

Can books be checked out from the Clendening Library?

Students, faculty, and staff of the Kansas University Medical Center may check out most books which have been published after 1950. In some instances, at the Librarian's discretion, books published between 1900 and 1949 may also be checked out. Rare books may be used only in the Library.

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

Can journals be checked out from the Clendening Library?

Journals at the Clendening Library do not circulate. Users are welcome to make copies of articles.

What copying services are available at the Library?

A copier 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.

Are there computers available at the Library?

Two computers are available for users of the Library and its materials. Each computer offers Microsoft Word and Internet Explorer, as well as other programs. If you want to use your laptop and require access to the Internet, wireless 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.

Where can I park when I come to the Library?

Guests of the Library who are not affiliated with KUMC may park in one of the parking facilities located East or South of the campus. Please ask the Librarian to stamp your parking ticket before leaving the Library.

Can I have slides and/or photographs made from items in the Clendening Library? What are the associated costs?

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.

Can I get old photographs of the Medical Center at the Clendening Library?

Persons wanting 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 e-mail at

Why does the Library impose so many usage guidelines on its visitors?

The Clendening Library, like most rare book libraries, 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.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018