The Libraries' collections include more than 2 million books and periodicals, 1 million microforms, a rich array of citation and full-text databases, and extensive collections of other media which provide critical support for learning, teaching, and research. Most resources are housed in the six libraries on the Kent campus and in the libraries of each of the seven Regional Campuses. However, approximately 130,000 lower-use items are housed in the regional depository shared with the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, Youngstown State University, and NEOUCOM. The holdings of the entire system are represented in KentLINK and in the OhioLINK Central Catalog.
The open stacks of Kent's main Library house the core collection of books and periodicals, as well as the following specialized collections:
- The Reference Collection (1st floor) contains general and topical reference works as well as Internet access to research databases in a wide array of subject areas.
- Government Documents (10th floor) is a designated selective federal depository which houses more than 460,000 government publications (State of Ohio, United States, Canada, and United Nations) and provides access to government sources available on the Internet.
- Special Collections and Archives (12th floor) is a major research center that houses books and manuscript materials in the fields of true crime, theater, and contemporary American poetry. University Archives preserves the official records of the University, including a large collection related to the events of May 4, 1970.
The five Kent Campus branch libraries provide specialized disciplinary support for research and instruction.
- Architecture Library (Taylor Hall, Room 309) contains 17,000 monographs and 100 periodical titles. Included are building codes and standards, publications of the Historical American Buildings Survey, and books on architects, historic preservation, building types, and modern architecture movements and styles.
- Chemistry/Physics Library (Williams Hall, Room 312) serves the needs of the Chemistry and Physics Departments and the Liquid Crystal Institute with approximately 50,000 monographs as well as specialized resources such as INSPEC (Physics Ondisk), Beilstein Crossfire, Liquid Crystals Interactive, LiqCryst Database, and Current Contents on Disk for the Physical, Chemical, and Earth Sciences, and the Life Sciences.
- June F. Mohler Fashion Library (Rockwell Hall, Room 131) houses CD-ROMs of fashion periodical indexes, monographs, and reference materials related to the history of 20th century fashion design. The collection also includes 81 periodical titles, designer press kits, forecasting service publications and primary source materials such as photographs, and sketchbooks of European and American fashion designers.
- Map Library (McGilvrey Hall, Room 410) contains more than 240,000 map sheets and several hundred atlases and gazetteers. The scope of the collection is international and interdisciplinary with emphasis on geography and geology, as well as urban and environment studies.
- Performing Arts Library (Music & Speech Building, Room D-3) supports the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and the nationally renowned Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Festival with a collection of approximately 90 periodical titles, and 70,000 music scores, books, sound and video recordings, and microforms. CD-ROM versions of the Music Index and RILM (Muse) are available for use.