About the Collections

Kansas State University Libraries: Elevating Academic Success

K-State Libraries support the University’s vision of becoming a top 50 public research university. In addition, we foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry. We proudly welcome the citizens of Manhattan and the surrounding communities to use our resources.

Part of our mission as a land-grant institution is to serve the academic and intellectual pursuits of all Kansas residents.

What K-State Libraries Collect

We have more than 3 million print and digital items. The majority of our holdings are in Hale Library, the largest K-State Libraries location. Additional libraries include Kansas State Polytechnic Library, Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning & Design, Math / Physics Library,Veterinary Medical Library, and the K-State Libraries Annex.

The general collection includes a variety of formats, including print, electronic, microformat, and multimedia. These holdings are essential to the teaching, learning, and research needs of our users in the colleges and academic units of the university and the broader Kansas community. 


K-State Libraries has developed exceptional holdings in select areas that relate to Kansas State University’s research strengths. These collections have been enhanced through the generosity of our donors.

The Cookery Collection – One of the top research collections of its kind in the United States, this collection contains thousands of cookbooks and related volumes that date from 1487 to the present.

Grain Science and Milling – Holdings support K-State’s unique research strengths in bakery science and cereal chemistry; in feed and biofuels production; and in milling science and management.

Children’s Literature – Housed on the 4th floor of Hale Library and in The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections, this collection includes literature for children and young adults. A related collection includes K-12 textbooks and teaching materals.

Military History – Our military history collections date from the Civil War and include the personal papers of important Fort Riley and K-State alums, including General Richard Myers and Lieutenant General Richard Seitz.

Federal Depository – We are a selective depository for federal publications and for collected titles published by the State of Kansas.  

What K-State Libraries Create

We value the principles of open access and partner with others to create, publish, and disseminate K-State research and scholarship immediately, freely and globally. K-State open-access research and scholarship can be found in

  • Digital Collections – By digitizing select holdings, K-State Libraries provides access to books and newspapers – including the Royal Purple yearbooks and the Collegian – as well as fascinating historic photographs and documents.

  • K-State Research Exchange (K-REx) – K-Rex is the university’s digital archive of more than 13,000 scholarly works produced by K-State faculty, staff, and students.

  • New Prairie Press – Our rapidly expanding open-access publishing platform hosts journals, conference events, and monographs affiliated with K-State faculty and researchers.


K-State Libraries’ open-access resources – the Digital Collections, K-REx, and New Prairie Press – feature diverse content. A few examples include:

Crossing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship – Crossing Borders was created to introduce open-access, peer-reviewed scholarly publication to undergraduates at K-State and beyond. This journal publishes a wide range of interdisciplinary work: original case-studies, reports of research or creative activity, book reviews, and field notes.

Journal of Financial Therapy – JFT publishes clinical, experimental, and survey research that examines the empirical link between personal financial knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors and personal and family well-being.

Kansas State Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (pre-2004) – Theses, dissertations and reports produced by K-State students prior to 2004.

Collegian – Published under various titles, this student newspaper dates from 1896 to the present.

Last updated: 10/15/2015