University Libraries

University Libraries includes the main Ablah Library, the McKinley Chemistry Library, and the Thurlow Lieurance Memorial Music Library, located in the Music and Languages Innovation Center (MALIC). These libraries connect students and faculty to the information, technology, and other resources essential to learning and research at WSU.  

Onsite library collections include more than two million books and research journals, federal and state documents, music recordings and scores, DVDs, microforms and other materials.  The digital collections provide access to a variety of information resources with 365 databases offering full-text access to over 500,000 e-books and over 86,000 e-journal titles, company information, statistics, historical documents, as well as streaming audio and video.  Ablah Library has been a Federal Documents Depository Library for over 100 years and is an official United States Patent and Trademark Resource Center, the only such depository in Kansas. In addition to its own collections, University Libraries is able to borrow materials from a worldwide network of other libraries.

University Libraries is dedicated to offering students a variety of services, study environments, and convenient hours. Facilities include both quiet and collaborative study spaces with SmartTVs and white boards. University Libraries facilities include wireless internet access, print stations, scanners, color printers,  photocopiers, seating for more than 850 people, 22 group study rooms, and a 24-hour study room. Over 200 computers provide access to library resources, the Internet, and a variety of software. Laptops, tablets, digital cameras and other technologies are available for checkout. C-Space provides individuals or student groups the opportunity to collaborate, create and receive assistance in using emerging technologies such as 3D printing, app development, and media production. Librarians offer instruction through in-class or online collaboration with university departments, workshops, online tutorials and research guides. Reference and technical help desk personnel are available to assist library users with their research and technical needs.

University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives includes rare books, historical Kansas maps, photographs, records of the history of the university, and a growing manuscript collection of more than 700,000 documents. Featured collections include papers of the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, the Gordon Parks Papers, the Baughman Collection of Early Kansas Maps, the Aitchison Rare Books Collection, and congressional papers including those of Kansas Congressman Dan Glickman. Over 125 digital collections presented by Special Collections and University Archives feature rare books, historical papers and photographs, as well as university and local history, including the Wichita Photo Archives.

More information about resources and services is located on the University Libraries website (