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King Library, the flagship of the Miami University Libraries and scholarly hub of Oxford campus life for more than 40 years. King Library houses Miami University Libraries’ social sciences and humanities collections as well as the Walter Havighurst Special Collections.

Popular venues include the King Café, the Center for Information Management, The Center for Digital Scholarship and The Howe Writing Center.

Services and Technology

Available software: In addition to basic software such as Microsoft Office products, King Library provides users with access to the Adobe Creative Suite, SPSS & Minitab, digital video and audio manipulation software as well as various digitization tools in the Center for Information Management and in the equipment available for checkout.

The Crowd Index: The Crowd Index gives an approximate measure of building occupancy based on the number of users connected to King Library’s wifi. This is not an exact count, but gives a reasonable approximation of how many people are in the building. The current maximum occupancy at King Library is set at 600 people, so the crowd index shows an approximate percent of building occupancy based on that number.

Although there are limitations to the accuracy of the data, the crowd index percentage can offer a reasonable idea of how busy the building is at any given time. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the library systems department.


The library is named for longtime library director and benefactor, Edgar Weld King (1893 - 1969). The original structure, known today as the Leland S. Dutton Wing, opened in 1966 as Miami’s undergraduate library.

King Library’s footprint expanded to 175,159 square feet in 1973 with completion of the north wing and main entrance portico.

In 1997, the university began a three-phase, multi-million dollar renovation, overhauling design and function to meet the demands of an increasingly digital research environment. The rehabilitation was completed in 2007.