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University of Kansas: Watson Library

General Information

Facility: University of Kansas Watson Library
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: (785) 864-8983
Email: Contact form


About the library:

Watson Library, the oldest library at the University of Kansas, houses collections in the social sciences, humanities, education, journalism, and social welfare. These include all international area studies collections, such as the East Asian collection, African collection, Slavic and Eurasian collection, and more.

For more information about the Japanese collection, please contact Michiko Ito at (785) 864-4669 or by email.


Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of March 2014 the library contained over 4.2 million volumes of which some 92,000 items are in Japanese.  The Watson Library collections focus primarily on the social sciences and humanities, including philosophy, religion, history, anthropology, recreation, political science, sociology, social welfare, languages & literature, and military sciences.

Online Resources

How to Use the Facility

Use of the Collections

While the University of Kansas libraries are freely accessible, use of certain library services are restricted to University of Kansas faculty, staff, students, and affiliates. For information on specific services and their use, please see their Libraries Services webpage.

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