Before the campus of what was then called Kennesaw Junior College was ready for students, administration and staff, including the first librarian Robert Greene, worked out of Banberry Elementary School in Marietta. When campus opened in January 1967 the library building was not ready, and so bookshelves were set up in the physics lab. At that time there were about 4,200 volumes. The library building (currently Pilcher building) opened in April 1967.
The current Horace W. Sturgis Library building was completed in 1981 and was the largest building on campus. In 1990, the library building was named after the first president of KSU, Horace W. Sturgis.
The Sturgis Library is also home to the University Archives and Rare Book Gallery as well as several other departments. Books published before 1976 are located in the Library Repository located in Town Pointe and can be requested online through the catalog.
5 Year Plan, Mission, and Vision
Link to the Sturgis Library 5 Year Plan (PDF that includes the Library's strategies, challenges, philosophy, values, and principles)
Our mission is to be involved in teaching, learning, discovery and the Engage KSU program taking place at Kennesaw State University. Essential to achieving this mission, is to be a library that selects, organizes, presents, and preserves resources for the KSU community of faculty, students, and scholars.
The vision for the Sturgis Library is to be the heart of a KSU Academic Learning Complex by providing a learning commons, a research commons, and a library that encompasses physical and virtual spaces. This vision will be realized by collaborating with both the University and Community in various learning and engagement activities.
To realize this strategic vision, we will:
- Collaborate with Kennesaw faculty, students and staff to ensure that students acquire the skills and scholarly abilities necessary to successfully navigate in an information-driven world.
- Add value to the educational and research endeavor of students and faculty by providing research assistance, instruction, and resources to support scholarly inquiry and meet the changing needs of library users.
- Seek out strategic and collaborative relationships with faculty, university, and community partners.
- Build both traditional and electronic collections.