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Welcome International Students!

KSU Main LIbrary-Kent CampusUniversity Libraries of Kent State University welcomes you to the KSU community. This page is intended as a starting point to help you navigate the variety of services and resources provided by KSU University Libraries.

The library systems used in this country may vary from those of your home country.  The following resources are intended to help familiarize you with our terminology, facilities, services and resources. If you have questions about any of the following, please stop by or call the Main Library Reference Desk at (330) 672-3150.


Library Tours

Visit this page for a variety of ways to explore our Library resources and service points.

KSU Libraries List

Use these links to learn more about the 14 Libraries at Kent State.

Library Organization and Policies

Finding a Book on the Shelf

The KSU Libraries use an open stacks system, which means that in all areas (with the exception of Special Collections and Archives) you will need to retrieve books on your own. Use the link above to go to a guide on locating items by call number.

Borrowing Items

Click above for information on loan periods, renewals and fines.

Getting Help in the Library


There are many ways to get help in the person at the Reference Desk, by phone, my email, by Instant Messaging (IM) and more...

Subject Librarians

For in-depth assistance, subject specialists are available. Click above for a listing of Librarians by subject.

Librarians with Foreign Language Skills

If you would like to speak to a librarian in your native language, check here for a list of librarians with foreign language proficiency.

Language-Related Resources

Language Reference Resources

Look here for some recommended language resources, both print and online.

International and Foreign Language News Sites

Look here for directories of news websites from around the world and in many different languages.


Highlights of Other UL Services

For a complete listing of services, refer to the University Libraries Homepage.

Interlibrary Loan

Our Interlibrary Loan service enables you to request and obtain materials such as books and articles that are not in our KSU collections. Most requests are able to be processed free of charge.

Government Information

The KSU main Library is a Government Depository Library, which means that government publications and information are readily acquired by this library. Portions of the 10th floor of the Main Library contain the Government Documents collection and much government material is now accessible online as well. Click above for more about Government Information Services at KSU.

Student Multimedia Studio

Located on the first floor of the Main library, the Student Multimedia Studio (SMS) provides a wide range of multimedia equipment, software and support to create presentations for course projects. It is open to all students.