WKU Libraries has many services just for you! Have our Librarians talk to your classes about research for papers. Get books and articles sent to your office. Put readings, recordings, or films on reserve--in the library or online. Whatever you need, WKU Libraries has something for you. We can even help you fulfill open access and data management requirements for grants!
Faculty can check books out for an entire semester. We don't charge fines (except for lost books).
At WKU Libraries, your Personal Librarian is always ready to help! We have a librarian who works with every department on campus. All WKU library faculty have Master’s degrees in Library Science. Public Service librarians also have an additional Master’s or Doctorate in a subject field. We are available to help you with your research, or to help you find library resources for new classes. Talk to your Liaison Librarian if you want us to order new books, journals, or databases. Find your Personal Librarian!
Assigning a paper or research project? Library faculty members will talk to your class about books, journals, E-journals, and databases. We can provide interactive and hands-on instruction centered on the actual topics your students will be researching. Our goal is to help students be successful on term papers and research projects. For more information and to set up an appointment, contact your Personal Librarian or call the Reference Desk at 745-6125.
Want photocopies? Need books or articles sent to your office? We can help. Our Document Delivery service will send books and articles directly to your office. If you find something in the library that you want copied, just leave it to the Circulation Desk on the 4th floor of Cravens. We'll make the copies and send it to your office. Want to request books or articles from the comfort of your office? Fill out the Online request form for books, Online request form for journal articles, or the Online request form for other media. You can request up to 10 items at a time. Please allow 3-7 days for us to fill your request.
Need to put items on reserve for your classes? You can leave materials in the library, or use our E-Reserve system to put them online in Blackboard. In-person reserves are kept in the Visual & Performing Arts Library (2nd floor of Cravens Library) or the Educational Resources Center (1st floor Ransdell Hall). Reserves are also available in the regional campus libraries in Glasgow, Owensboro, and Elizabethtown. For in-person reserves, you can allow materials to be loaned for "Room Use Only," overnight, 3 days, or 7 days. Please limit your reserves to 50 items or 100 file folders per faculty member, and allow us 3-5 days for processing. Items should be removed at the end of each semester. Copyright compliance MUST be maintained. For more on copyright visit our Copyright Information Page.
Need to borrow books or articles from other libraries? Check out our Interlibrary Loan service. You can request items online via our online Illiad system. Not only can you request items online, Illiad will also allow you to view some articles in pdf format on your computer. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for us to receive the materials. For more details, visit the Interlibrary Loan page.
Writing a grant proposal? Some sponsors now require proposals to include Data Management Plans for archiving and sharing the products of research. Other sponsors require that peer-reviewed articles be made publicly available in an open-access format within 12 months of publication. TopSCHOLAR®, WKU's digital repository, qualifies as an open-access platform for archiving and sharing data and publications.