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Student Handbook

University Libraries and Archives


The University Libraries and Archives welcomes you to discover, explore, and inspire creativity and learning by serving as an information gateway.

The William Allen White Library houses print and electronic resources including more than 800,000 books, federal and Kansas government documents, periodicals, theses, dissertations, and other learning resources. The library offers a pleasant and relaxing environment for study and research.  Study rooms, comfortable seating, and a quiet floor provide space for individuals to work independently and for collaborative group work. To facilitate learning, the library provides access to computer laptops, MacBooks, Nooks, scanners and other technological tools to assist in completing assignments and research. Lockers are also available for personal storage and the Circle View Café provides beverages and snacks.

The Special Collections and Archives administer one-of-a-kind collections, including rare books, institutional records that document the history of Emporia State University and manuscript collections. The May Massee Collection of children’s literature manuscripts and original artwork and the William Allen White Papers are a few collections the library proudly holds. The library is happy to announce the Special Collections and Archives will be open publicly for research Monday through Friday, 11 am to 3 pm or by appointment. Please stop by the Special Collections and Archives Reading in room 119 White Library, email or call 620-341-6431 for more information.


The online catalogs are available at <> and through the “Libraries and Archives” tab on BuzzIn.  In addition, a variety of online databases, reference sources, electronic journals and electronic books are available through the Libraries and Archives website. If you need assistance with a research project or assignment, feel free to contact the library for assistance by phone, email, chat, or SMS.  Click on the “Ask Us” on the library home page for contact information. 

The library also houses the Writing Center and the Information and Technology Services staff is available for computer troubleshooting. Please check the hours these services are available.

The Graduate Student Computer Lab is a new service provided in the library in room 409D White Library. The lab is serviced by the Information and Technology Services staff.  The Graduate Computer Lab hours are the same as the library.

We welcome student feedback and involvement via the ESULA organization.

For more information about the library and current library hours please visit our website <>.