Database of the Week: Life Magazine Archive

This week, the library is highlighting the Life Magazine Archive (1936-2000), a complete digital version of more than 64 years of the famed photojournalism magazine, spanning from 1936 through May 2000, the last regularly published issue, in a cover-to-cover format with fully indexed articles. The Life Magazine Archive is a valuable resource for researchers working on a wide variety of global topics, including 20th-century events, politics, culture, advertising, popular culture, and photojournalism.

To find the Life Magazine Archive, or any of the other 450+ databases available in the library's online collection, go to The library's entire collection of research databases may be found in this alphabetized list. The librarians have also curated specialized guides with suggested resources for each academic department, and more. 

If you are off campus, you will need to login with your Kenyon username/password and DUO to access the library's online resources. For more information on off-campus access, please watch our video on Off-Campus Login and Linking to Full-Text, one of the Middle Path Minute videos in the library's tutorial series on YouTube. 

If you ever have any questions about using any of the library's databases or on how to find more library resources, don't hesitate to contact the library's Research & Reference Desk or email a librarian. We are available to help you, whether you are on-campus or studying remotely. The Research & Reference Desk is available daily (hours vary) via chat, text (740-444-4031), and email ( You may also make an appointment with a librarian for one-on-one help. 

The Research & Reference Desk is physically open this semester. All assistance is available online via chat, email, text, or by appointment