The University of Kansas Libraries (KU Libraries) collectively have 4,271,113 volumes. On the Lawrence Campus are the Watson Library, the Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the Anschutz Library, the Art & Architecture Library, the Spahr Engineering Library, the Music & Dance Library (in Murphy Hall), the Dykes Library (in the Medical Center), and the Wheat Law Library (in Green Hall).
The Spencer Library has one of the largest collections of Irish literature outside the Republic of Ireland. One will find Special Collections, Kansas Collection, and the University Archives in the Spencer Library.
African Studies, the East Asian Library, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, and Writer’s Roost are in the Watson Library. The Learning Studio, the GIS & Numeric Data Lab, and the Thomas R. Smith Map Collection are in the Anschutz Library.
The Library Annex, designed on the Harvard model, is on the west campus and can accommodate 1,600,000 volumes. It has conservation-level environmental control for books, journals, and manuscripts. The Regents Center Library is on the Edwards Campus in Overland Park.
The Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University has 4,168,102 volumes. The North Carolina State University (NCSU Libraries) collectively have 4,158,190 volumes. These are the D.H. Hill Library, the Hunt Library, the Design Library, the Natural Resources Library, the Textiles Library, and the Veterinary Medicine Library.
The University of California – Davis (UC Davis) University Library has 4,156,170 volumes. The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries collectively have 4,124,253 volumes.
The USC Libraries are the Accounting Library; the Helen Topping Architecture & Fine Arts Library; the Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies; the Roy P. Crocker Business Library; the University of Southern California Cinematic Arts Library; the Jennifer Ann Wilson Dental Library & Learning Center; the Edward L. Doheny, Jr. Memorial Library; the Grand Avenue Library; the East Asian Library; the Gerontology Library (in the Ethyl Percy Andrus Gerontology Center); the Gabriel & Matilda Barnett Information Technology Center and the Asa V. Call Law Library are located (on the second floor of the Law School); the Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Library; the Music Library; the the Hoose Library of Philosophy; the Science & Engineering Library; the Von KleinSmid Center Library for International and Public Affairs (VKC Library); and the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center.
The Norris Medical Library on the Health Sciences Campus serves the Keck School of Medicine, the School of Pharmacy and the Independent Health Professions, including the Departments of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy and Occupational Science & Therapy. It houses 168,185 volumes and receives 1,935 current periodicals.
The 81,000-square-foot Grand Avenue Library houses 2,000,000 underused volumes. About 8,000 volumes from the Feuchtwanger Collection are on the UC Davis Campus while the bulk of the collection, some 20,000 volumes, are on long-term loan at the former residence of Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958), Villa Aurora, in Pacific Palisades.
The Louisiana State University Libraries (LSU Libraries) collectively have 4,112,774 volumes. Middleton Library houses the main collections as well as Carter Music Resources and Education Resources, the U.S. Regional Depository Library and the U.S. Patent Depository Library collections are housed in Middleton Library.
Hill Memorial Library houses the LSU Libraries Special Collections. It is a center for research in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections are “an outstanding integrated collection that consists of materials documenting the history and culture of the region,” according to LSU.
Part of the Special Collections, the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History was established in 1991 as an interdisciplinary program for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of the social, political, cultural, and economic history of Louisiana through the use of recorded interviews. Recordings and transcripts generated by the program and its affiliated researchers are deposited in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections.
The Special Collections unit includes the University Archives, which handles all records management functions for the whole university. The Rare Book Collection has concentrations in 18th Century English literature and history; book arts and the history of the book, including the Bruce Rogers Collection; New World exploration; economic history; and the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Edward Avery McIlhenny, whose private library forms the core of the collection, is the eponym of the E.A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection, donated in 1971. The two high points of this collection are James Audubon’s double-elephant folio Birds of America and the “Native Flora of Louisiana” collection of original watercolor drawings by artist Margaret Stones.