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About the Library

The stacks in the Axe LibraryThe Leonard H. Axe Library provides all of the services one would expect in a traditional library setting and much more.

In today's information age, the Library's physical holdings are supplemented with online resources: 323,000 book titles with more than 12,000 in virtual collections, and more than 25,000 journal titles, about 1,600 of which are readily available in house. The Government Documents Department alone maintains a collection of more than 500,000 items including books, periodicals, maps, charts, and posters on all topics.

Need help with our 110 online databases? The reference librarians are happy to assist your research, and can narrow your results from thousands to perhaps 50 or 100 from which to choose. Can't find anything at all on your topic? With a few minutes of assistance, it may be much easier than you think. Classroom instruction is available on specific databases, and our Freshmen Experience classes introduce new students to our services and allow for some unique interaction between them and our staff. More than 100 public workstations allow for fast and easy access within the Axe or KTC libraries. Internet access provides library services to your home or office, and with a Gus PIN and ID, you may access the Library's sources from anywhere in the world.

The Periodicals Department helps to tie our online citations to our holdings using one of two sources: Serials Solutions combines all of the Library's periodical holdings, either physical or virtual, into one searchable system. Article Linker tells you if the article cited on one database is available full text in another, and quickly takes you to it.

Even with all of this information available to local users, material needed to support current instruction and research may not be enough. Thanks to the Interlibrary Loan Department, you have access to a much larger library. Using WorldCat, books, newspapers, dissertations, and many other items that are not owned locally are available, usually at no charge. Starting in 2005, photocopied articles have been digitally delivered to user accounts, allowing for quick online access from home or office.

Axe Library can trace its roots to 1903 when Ebenezer Porter sponsored a bill in the Kansas Legislature to establish a Manual Normal Training School in Pittsburg. More than 100 years, a fire and three moves later, Axe Library continues to support the University in all aspects of student and faculty research and community service.