Learning to organize and carry out independent research is an integral part of a university liberal studies education. Paul G. Blazer Library, located at the northeast end of the campus, provides comprehensive and current research materials and facilities for students and faculty. The university community is also encouraged to use Blazer Library for personal enrichment and leisure reading. Blazer Library’s collection of more than 700,000 volumes includes such materials as books, journals, ebooks, cartographic materials, DVD’s, machine readable materials and other audiovisual materials to aid students in their course work and research. As a member of the Kentucky Virtual Library (http://www.kyvl.org), Blazer Library has access to more than forty databases including: Academic Search Premier, AGRICOLA, Business Source Premier, CINAHL, Newspaper Source, MLA and PsycINFO.
In addition the Library has access to SIRS Researcher, African-American Biographical Database, Ethnic Newswatch, Gale Literature Resource Center, NetLibrary (e-books), Sociological Abstracts, ValueLine Investment Survey and Wilson Web databases which features Education Index Full-text through the internet.
Like all other state supported academic institutions in Kentucky, Blazer Library uses ExLibris Voyager as its library management system. Anyone with web access can search Blazer Library’s catalog at http://kysu.kyvl.org. The Library has twenty-three computers for public use. From the Library’s homepage, users can access internet resources, electronic databases, catalogs from other libraries, as well as order materials via interlibrary loan.
The Library is a member of OCLC, a global library cooperative that aims “to further access to the world’s information.” The University Library is a member of (SAALCK) the State Assisted Academic Library Council of Kentucky; (FOKAL) The Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries; and LYRASIS; which provides access to the collections of other regional libraries.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service provided by the Circulation Department of Blazer Library to the faculty, staff, and students engaged in research Kentucky State University. Conditions of this service are set by the Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association and by regulations of the individual lending libraries. Every effort will be made to obtain items free of charge. Frequently, however, materials can be obtained only from institutions that charge an interlibrary loan fee. When submitting an ILL request, patrons should state the maximum charges they are willing to accept. Printed interlibrary loan request forms are located at the circulation desk. An electronic form may be found on the library’s homepage.
Blazer Library is a selective depository for United States Government Document Publications. The library has an expanding collection of books, periodicals, microfilm, maps, posters, CD-ROMs and videos published by federal government agencies. Many publications are also available electronically, check for links on the library’s homepage.
The second floor of the library houses both a part of the circulating collection and the Special Collections including the University Archives, which contain rare and historical documents and publications relating to African-American culture and history as well as University archival materials.
The Education Curriculum Lab, located on the ground floor, supports the mission of Paul G. Blazer Library and the Teacher Education Program at Kentucky State University. The Center houses a collection of both print and non-print materials for use by students and faculty. The Lab’s collection provides diverse resources for use in P-12 classrooms as well as professional resources for P-12 educators. The Lab is designed to assist and support college level students and Faculty in their teacher education needs. The Education Lab also serves as the official repository for all state-approved textbooks, and houses the Library’s collections of videocassettes, DVDs, CDs, and other media materials.
Professional librarians and support personnel are available to assist students in using the library’s resources and facilities. Library information may be obtained by asking any library staff person or by consulting the Library Handbook, which is available at any of the service desks throughout the library. The electronic version is available online at the library home page under “Library Instruction.” Special library tours or individualized library instruction may be scheduled by contacting the Reference Desk.