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The Moore Reading Room (MRR) is the departmental library of the University of Kansas Religious Studies Department. The MRR's 15,000 volume collection, under development for over 100 years, explores the religious practices and experiences of people around the world and documents how approaches to the scholarly study of religion have evolved over time. The MRR also hosts the Hermes Peace & Justice Library and the Religion in Kansas Project. The MRR provides access to a wealth of materials and resources, and has been voted one of the best places to study on campus by KU students.


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Promoting student-centered learning. The MRR features access to computers, scanners, printers, software programs for writing and presentations, electronic resources, traditional media, and Department of Religious Studies course reserve materials. We have space for group work as well as quiet study spaces.

Supporting Open Access research. The Moore Reading Room is home to the Religion in Kansas Project, documenting the religious lives of Kansans in an Open Access format.  All Religion in Kansas works are archived through KU ScholarWorks and Omeka. The Moore Reading Room is dedicated to furthering KU’s mission of providing research to serve our communities, available to all.

Providing electronic information resources.  Using your KU login, you can access KU Libraries’ more than 110,000 full-text journals instantly from any computer in the MRR. You also can request and quickly receive items not available in the library’s collection through KU's interlibrary loan (ILL). Many items in the Moore Reading Room's collection are directly linked to electronic resources through the MRR catalog, providing access to the items anywhere. The MRR also creates digital exhibitions of subjects of interest and special collections in the MRR.

Help if you need it.  MRR staff provide one-on-one help with reference questions, database searches, and more.