The Reference department assists students, faculty, staff and other researchers with their research and information retrieval needs as well as house reference material for patrons’ use. Reference collections do not circulate. Patrons may use reference material in the Library and make copies as needed.  The reference books are cataloged using the Library of Congress Subject Classification and Subject Heading as indicated in the list below.  In addition to print materials, the department also houses and provides access to many Online Library Databases,  including Journal Finder, and the KSU Library Catalog.

Off-Campus Access:

  • Click on Off Campus Login.
  • User Name and Password:  Please use your KSU username (firstname.lastname only. Do not use “”) and  KSU Office 365 email password.

NOTE: Using the online resources on campus does not require KSU username and  password.

For assistance on using Library resources, research, and other services call the Reference Desk at 502-597-6857, stop by the Desk or contact us using our Ask-A-Librarian feature on the Library’s website.

A professional librarian is always present at the Reference Desk during business hours to assist Library users.

To assist you in research note the Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings:

A–General works

B–Philosophy, psychology, Religion

C–Auxiliary sciences of history (general)


E–History: America

G–Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

H–Social Sciences

J–Political Science




N–Fine Arts

P–Language and Literature





U–Military Science

V–Naval Science

Z–Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources (general)


Reference Department Faculty:


Nkechi Amadife, Ph.D  – Head of Reference and Public Services/ Library Information Literacy Instruction Services Coordinator.

Bekele Tegegne – Reference/Government Document Librarian

Dantrea Hampton – Reference/Periodicals Librarian

Raphael Jackson – Reference/Circulation Librarian

Bobby Walter – Reference/Education Curriculum Librarian

For additional information regarding the Reference department or Public Services Contact the Head of Reference Nkechi Amadife at or call the general Reference Desk  502-597-6857.