William F. Ekstrom Library contains more than 1.5 million volumes and 5,658 journal subscriptions supporting research and teaching in the humanities, social sciences, life sciences, business, education, physical sciences, engineering and technology.
Ekstrom Library provides access to its growing collections with a Robotic Retrieval System (RRS) which holds nearly 600,000 items. Students can request items held in the RRS through the catalog and retrieve the items at the check out desk in minutes.
Facilities in the Ekstrom Library include a 150-seat auditorium and five instructional labs equipped with smartboard technology and audio/visual systems. A 24-hour study area provides UofL students a secure space to work at all hours and the Tulip Tree Cafe provides food, coffee, and socializing space.
Our Learning Commons is based on partnerships with several UofL units. It includes a Digital Media Suite which provides instructional assistance for students and the tools they need to create audio/visual materials for class projects. Ekstrom Library also house the Archives and Special Collections, the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, two computer labs, the University Writing Center, the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice, the Anne Braden Institute, the McConnell Center and the McConnell Chao Archives.