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Emporia State University Libraries + Archives

As the intellectual heart of ESU, the Libraries + Archives is fully integrated and engaged in teaching and learning. With over one hundred databases, thousands of print and electronic resources, access to 50+ computers/laptops, a Learning Commons area, and so much more, the Libraries + Archives is here to help you succeed at your academic adventure here at ESU!

Libraries + Archives Access Times – “We Care About Helping You”


(Includes 2nd Floor Area, Information Desk, and Library Services)

  • Mondays-Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  
  • Fridays, 7:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Saturdays
  • Sundays, 4:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Learning Commons* (Lobby) Hours: Open 24/7 Use Hornet ID to Enter


Includes Room 119 and Exhibit Hall, 1st Floor


Available during the summer

  • Mondays - Thursdays 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. (in person and online)
  • Fridays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (in person and online)
  • Sundays 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. (online only)

William Allen White Library

Online database + library resources

Below you will find a direct link to Library Connect, a specially-designed website to help you with your research. Visit the link below to access the Libraries + Archives resources, instruction and services. We look forward to helping you.

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Academic Center for Excellence and Success ACES


The Academic Center for Excellence and Success is located on the 2nd floor of the William Allen White Library. ACES provides tutoring services and student success programs.

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Library spaces

The library has lots of study space available for students with some areas reservable with access to computers and monitors for collaborative projects.

Special collections + Archives

The Special Collections + Archives is the repository for records and artifacts of permanent, historical value produced or received by ESU that pertain to its development, functions and represent ESU in a regional, national and globally.

About Library + Archives

Emporia State University's Libraries + Archives enriches academic experiences by providing resources, space for creation and by teaching information literacy skills across ESU.

William Allen White portrait

William Allen White Book Award

The William Allen White Children's Book Award is the oldest statewide children's book award in the United States, established in 1952 by the late Ruth Garver Gagliardo, a children’s literature specialist at Emporia State University.

Contact Us:

Circulation Desk - 620-341-5205 or

Reference Desk - 620-341-5207 or

Both desks are located on the 2nd Floor of the William Allen White Library.

For more information, please see our library directory.