About the Collections

Through Kansas State University Libraries’ mission, “Elevating Academic Success’, we support the University’s vision of becoming a top 50 public research university and the mission to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry.  

The Libraries strive to maintain historic collection strengths, but also recognize the need for and growth of interdisciplinary and subject-specific resources in different formats. They will collect material in all appropriate formats, including print, electronic, microformat, and multimedia, but prefer to collect in electronic formats when possible and feasible. The Libraries will adapt their collection strategies to new technologies and practices that best serve the users.

The Libraries support freedom of inquiry and adhere to the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights.

Our Collections

Collection Strengths

Significant research collections at K-State Libraries include cookery, the consumer movement, military history, biosecurity and food safety, grain science and milling, prairie studies, historic costume and textile collection, and children's literature.

Branch Libraries

Collections that support specific curricula and disciplines can be found at the Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning & Design , Math / Physics LibraryFiedler Engineering Library,  Veterinary Medical LibraryK-State Salina Library.

Curriculum Materials and Juvenile Literature

These collections are designed to meet the research and curricular needs of the faculty and students in the K-State English Department, the College of Education, and the School of Family Studies and Human Services. The collections include literature published for children and young adults as well as k-12 textbooks and other teaching materials.

Federal and State Documents

K-State Libraries are a selective depository for Federal publications and collected titles published by the State of Kansas. These documents are available for public use and many are now available online.

K-State Research Exchange (KREx)

KREx is the institutional repository that includes scholarship, research, and creative works of Kansas State University faculty, staff, and students. It also houses K-State's electronic theses and dissertations from 2006 to the present.

Digital Collections

Local collections including yearbookscourse catalogs, and other historically important K-State materials are available.

University Archives and Special Collections

The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections includes manuscripts, archives, rare books, and other unique materials.

Last updated: 01/20/2015