is at the heart of our book collection. Located on the fourth floor of Kent Library, the Stacks contain the majority of our circulating collection. Browse the shelves, organized by Dewey Decimal Number, or search the Kent Library Catalog for a specific book or topic.
on the main floor of Kent Library, provides a place to read and reflect. Collections here include New Books, Bestsellers, and the current issues of many Popular Periodicals and Newspapers (Southeast Missourian, New York Times, ESPN Weekly, Forbes). Games, two televisions (close-captioned), and The Kent Café are also provided for your comfort and entertainment.
The Periodicals Collection
contains runs of scholarly journals in print, as well as indexes and abstracts, and our microfilm and microfiche collection. Our historical newspapers, on microfilm, are heavily used by students and local researchers. Staff at the Periodicals Desk will help you locate the publication and issue you need.
Special Collections and Archives
in Room 306, preserves and makes accessible research materials that document the historical, literary and cultural experience of Southeast Missouri, the Mississippi River Valley region, and the history of Southeast Missouri State University. The Rare Book Room contains materials from the 13th through the early 20th centuries, as well as a world-class Faulkner collection. Visit Special Collections and Archives site for more information.
The Reference Collection
is the key to unlocking a wealth of information. Use our encyclopedias and dictionaries to find definitions, statistics, and references to scholarly books and articles. While much of our collection continues to be in print, on the third floor, we have hundreds of books available to students, faculty, and staff on our Quick Facts & Reference Shelf page. Reference librarians are nearby, and provide valuable help in your quest for knowledge.
The Instructional Materials (IM) Center
houses content in a variety of formats for diverse audiences. Popular feature films, as well as instructional films required for class work are available in DVD and VHS format. Audiobooks are available for checkout. Our juvenile and young adult books are also kept here, including winners of the Caldecott, Newbery, and other awards. The IM Center also maintains instructional kits, games, teaching aids, and K – 12 textbooks. Visit the Instructional Materials Research Guide for more information.
The Popular Paperback Collection
is also on the fourth floor, and contains leisure reading materials, organized by author, in a retro-seventies environment.
also on the fourth floor, the Government Documents Collection provides access to publications from the US and Missouri governments. It includes consumer health information, demographic surveys, and legislative records. Much government information is now online via easy-to-access PDFs. For help finding online Government Documents, visit our Government Documents page.