About the Library Collections
The three facilities of the Kennesaw State University Library System house a robust collection including print and electronic books, periodicals, maps, government documents, and audio-visual materials. The Horace W. Sturgis Library and the Lawrence V. Johnson Library grant researchers access to more than 200,000 e-resources and more than 300 database subscriptions.
The majority of the general print collection available for check-out is housed on the 2nd floor of the Sturgis Library and on the 2nd floor of the Johnson Library. Both the Kennesaw and the Marietta campus libraries offer a browseable Popular Literature Collection in their Reading Lounge.
Our Teen Literature Collection, located on the 3rd floor of Sturgis Library, hosts a number of books under the young adult (YA) distinction.
As a selective Federal Depository since 1968, the KSU Library System offers a wide array of documents published by the largest publisher in the country -- The Government Publishing Office (GPO) in Washington, DC.
Our government documents collection on the 3rd floor of the Sturgis Library holds 42,600 print items and 76,400 microfiche. Most government documents can be checked out.
Museums, Archives, & Rare Books (MARB)
The KSU Archives collects unique and rare materials relating to the history of KSU, SPSU, and the northwest region of Georgia. These materials are available to the public for research Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Research is by appointment only.
The Archives reading room is located on the second floor of Sturgis Library in Room 219. Please visit the Archives website to learn more about our collections or to request a research appointment.
Bentley Rare Book Museum
The Bentley Rare Book Museum has a collection of approximately 10,000 pieces illustrating the diversity of the written and printed word in the English-speaking world. The Museum is located on the ground floor of Sturgis Library and is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No appointment is required to visit during these hours. Individual research sessions, guided tours, and public programs are available by appointment. Please visit the Bentley Rare Book Museum website for more information.
The Library Repository is an off-site storage facility where older publications are housed. Although the Repository can be accessed by Library employees only, the materials stored there may be requested by patrons using our online request form in the library catalog. The Library’s FAQ database offers information on how to request an item from the Repository.
Make a Collection Request
Working closely with faculty and students within their assigned academic departments and programs, the KSU Librarians play a vital role in the development of the collections to support the scholarly needs of our community.
Learn more about the Undergraduate Faculty Liaison Program and the Graduate Library, or contact us for all collection development inquiries.
The KSU Library System serves more than 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students across two campus locations. Please consider making a charitable donation to help the KSU Library System expand to meet the needs of our growing academic community. Select “Horace W. Sturgis Library (Kennesaw Campus)” from the drop-down menu.
We welcome donations of books and other materials to enrich our collections. Please visit this link for more information on donating materials.