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Third Floor Open

3rd Floor Computers         3rd floor computers

The Third floor of the Leonard H. Axe Library is now open! The third floor is a quiet floor, if you need to have conversations, please use the first floor.

The space is open for all patrons to use. The floor was designed to give students plenty of options for quiet and small group study configurations. There are:

  • 8 new semi-private study rooms of various sizes.
  • Booth seating along the external edges provide private seating or small group spaces.
  • Quiet computing stations available
  • Plenty of power and usb ports on all the seating, rooms, and long benches.
  • Tables with lighting and power outlets. New chairs coming soon!
  • Curved bench seating with outlets. Tables for these benches are coming soon!

For questions, contact Randy Roberts reroberts@pittstate.edu

Black History & Southeast Kansas Entertainment

Black HistoryAlthough Southeast Kansas is best known for its mining industry and fried chicken, Southeast Kansas is also rich with entertainers who made a career from the early through mid-20th century in stage, film and radio. The new exhibit in Special Collections, Axe Library, entitled “Southeast Kansans in Stage, Radio, and Film,” features six influential entertainers from this region: Carson Robison, Zasu Pitts, Dr. Eva Jessye, Louise Brooks, Gordon Parks, and William Inge.

Carson Robison (Oswego & Chetopa) was well-known for his New York radio show and for composing topical songs during World War II. Zasu Pitts (Parsons) made over 500 films during her career, including Greed (1924) and many comedy shorts. Dr. Eva Jessye (Coffeyville) and the Eva Jessye Choir traveled world-wide and also cast in the original Broadway and touring productions of George Gershwin’s production, Porgy and Bess (1935). Louise Brooks was best known for her work in the 1929 German films, Pandora’s Box and Diary of a Lost Girl. Gordon Parks (Fort Scott) wrote a fictional autobiography, The Learning Tree (1963), of his early childhood years in Fort Scott. He later turned his book into a screenplay and filmed the movie of the same title on location in Bourbon County. William Inge (Independence) began his career in teaching and was also a drama critic prior to writing his most successful plays and screenplays, Come Back, Little Sheba (1950), Picnic (1953), Bus Stop (1955), The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1957), and Splendor in the Grass (1961).

Digital revolution inspires library remodel

A construction project at Pittsburg State University’s Axe Library is a vivid example of the power of digital media to reshape the world in which we live. | more