Hatch Resource Center

Hatch Reading Room windows and chairs.


407 Marvin Hall

Primary Contact

Dan Rolf, drolf@ku.edu

Accessibility and Limitations on Use

Open to all KU students, faculty and staff.


Mon-Fri: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Services Available

The Hatch Resource Center is a multifaceted center for education and research serving students, faculty and staff of the KU School of Architecture & Design. Consisting of multiple collections of physical and digital resources, and a fully staffed and equipped digitization lab, The Hatch Resource Center’s mission is to provide the Architecture & Design community (Arc/D) at KU pertinent materials and tools for teaching, learning and inspiration.

Staffed by the Director of the Hatch Resource Center, one graduate research assistant and multiple part-time student assistants, the Hatch Resource Center provides reference services, digital research training, imaging and graphics consultation (both for digital and print), image and document scanning for faculty, distribution of course reserves, and management of school archives.

Appointment Required


Training Required


Available Equipment & Resources

The Donald E. & Mary Boyle Hatch Reading Room is a collaboratively curated and ever-changing collection of nearly 5,000 cataloged books, hundreds of serial titles, maps, and material samples. There are four computer terminals, a digital design workstation with a scanner, printer and photocopier, and seven large communal tables.

The Art & Cultural Heritage digital image collection contains art history, historical, and cultural images from collections located at, or licensed by, the University of Kansas. It includes diverse images, such as art objects, architectural images, historical documents and photographs, and archaeological specimens. The majority of the collection is restricted to students, faculty and staff at the University of Kansas, though several special collections that are listed separately may be searched publically: Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas Collection Photographs, Kansas City Aerial Photographs, Kansas City Hopewell Collection, and Florence Nightengale Letters (300 images).

The Amos Rapoport Image Collection of Vernacular Design is the largest publically accessible digital image collection focused on vernacular architecture in the world. This collection of over 30,000 images, taken from the private slide collection of eminent vernacular architecture scholar, Amos Rapoport, includes works of vernacular architecture from more than 70 countries. The images in this collection, each one taken by Professor Rapoport himself, represent over a half-century of travel to all corners of the world—from great cities to isolated villages. Professor Rapoport generously donated this collection to the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design to be digitized and made available to students, scholars and enthusiasts of vernacular architecture worldwide. 

The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a suite of software tools for teaching and research. Features include: searching, browsing, & organizing images; adding images; presenting images; and integrating with courseware. For more information on the collections contained in ArtStor, please see ARTstor's Collections information page. Faculty who wish to have instructor privileges to save and manipulate personal collections of images on this site, please contact eaid@ku.edu to set up an instructor level account.

Rules on Usage

The Hatch Reading Room collection is largely a non-circulating collection. Faculty may check out books for up to a month. 

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