The Periodicals unit provides access to current magazines, journals, newspapers, and the online public access catalog and online databases. Back-issues of magazines, journals, and newspapers are available in bound and microfilm formats and databases.

The Periodicals unit is also responsible for collection management activities that include selection, de-selection, ordering, receiving, and claiming of periodicals and microfilm subscriptions and online serials check-in of periodicals using the Acquisitions module of the OCLC WorldShare Management Services system.


All periodical holdings information can be accessed using the library’s online public access catalog. The holdings information can also be viewed in the Periodicals unit in two black binders located at the service desk. One binder lists only the current holdings for magazines, journals, and newspapers. The other binder lists all the current, bound, and microfilm holdings. Current periodical holdings can also be accessed via the Journal Finder and the KSU Library Catalog.

Circulation Policy

Paul G. Blazer Library does not allow periodicals to circulate outside of the library. Periodicals cannot be borrowed from the library for any period of time.

Microfilm Machines

Microfilm located on the far right side of the Periodicals unit is held in microfilm cabinets. The film can be accessed freely. However, the film is only to be read in the Periodicals unit. The film does not circulate and cannot be borrowed.

There are 1 microfilm reader/printer and 1 microfilm reader/printer/scanner, which are also located on the far right side of the unit. There is a cost of $0.10 (cents) per print for microfilm machines.

For assistance loading and unloading microfilm machines and locating microfilm please stop by the Periodicals Service Desk.

Online Public Access Catalog

The Periodicals unit has two computers, which offers access to the online public access catalog and online databases. Printing is also available from these computers.


There is one print/copy center located in Periodicals across from the Service Desk. The cost per print/copy is $0.10 (cents). Kentucky State University students may use their KSU ID card for all of their printing needs. You must be a full-time student to print. Copies only can be made with the use of money.

For Assistance please stop by the Periodicals Service Desk.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a periodical?

Periodicals, also known as serials, are publications that are issued in interval parts on either a regular or an irregular basis. These publications include magazines, journals, and newspapers. Periodicals offer the most concise and up-to-date information on a variety of topics.

For assistance, please ask at the Reference Desk or call (502) 597-6857.


The Periodicals unit is located in the third corridor on the first floor level of the Paul G. Blazer Library.


8 am-5 pm, M-F


Dantrea Hampton

Maurisha Jenkins