Axe News

Winter Break Hours

Starting November 30th - The Leonard H. Axe Library will be open 7:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday, and closed on the weekends.

Exceptions include: 
December 19th - January 3rd: Closed

Martin Luther King jr. Holiday Observance January 18th: Closed


Spring Semester hours commence Tuesday January 19th 

37th University Authors Reception

  • Virtual University Authors Reception - YouTube recording

  • Displays of published books, articles, OER, and other works are now available at Axe Library. Display is open to public during month of November.  

  • Bibliography from prior years:  Digital Commons
  • Virtual Live Watch Party through Zoom on November 12th at 3 pm.
    Meeting ID: XXXX


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Last Submission Date for bibliography entries October 21st.  Please use the following for: Submission Form

Annually Library Services celebrates the fantastic work of our colleagues across campus through our University Authors Reception. This November 2020 we will celebrate our 37th annual reception for those that have published works in 2019 and 2020. 

This year’s reception will look a little different. There will be physical displays at Axe Library and new this year will be a digital program designed to spotlight book authors.

If you published a book, article, book chapter, conference paper, or any other work, please reply via the link. It helps our process if you provide a scan of the first page. If you have a url to the published work, please provide the link in the "citation" box.


Banned Books Week Sept 27 - Oct 3

Banned Books Week is an annual event to bring light to censorship and recognize everyone's freedom to read.
In 2020, Banned Books Week is September 27-October 3. Library Services is bringing attention to Banned Books Week with events and displays. 
  • On Tuesday, September 29 at 5:30pm in the Basement, there will be a Read Aloud and book discussion. This event is in partnership with SVP, PRISM, and Library Services. 
  • On Friday, October 2 at 9am-10 am CT via Zoom, there will be a panel on the "Importance of Sharing Experiences." Description of the Panel: Banned Books Week 2020 theme is "Censorship is a dead end. Find your freedom to read!" From The Hate U Give to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, books that address police brutality and racism continue to be challenged. Also, some people have requested that Black Lives Matter displays in libraries to be dismantled. This panel will discuss the importance of sharing one's experiences with others, whether it is through books, displays, and presentations. The panel will be taking audience questions.  

    The Zoom link information: Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 979 9843 2846
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Celebrating Women's Suffrage

August 18, 1920 marks the anniversary date on which the 19th Amendment was ratified by the Tennessee's legislature. In honor of the Centennial of the 19th Amendment, Library Services is proud to host and sponsor events highlighting women's fight for the vote.
Please join us for any and all of these events: 
Centennial 19th Amendment Women's Forum on September 18 at 6pm.
Register for this Zoom event with women political candidates at: This event is in partnership with the organization, SEKNOW.

The Long Road to Women's Suffrage in Kanas on Tuesday, September 22 at 7:30pm.
Zoom link - or join in person at the Bicknell (pending health guidelines). Additional seating for a Zoom viewing at Axe Library Basement presenation space. 
This event is made possible with the partnership of Humanities Kansas.
Women's Suffrage poster displays at Axe Library and KTC displays at various times throughout the fall semester.
How will you celebrate the Centennial? 

(Cancelled) Welcome Beach Fair - August 27th

Library Services and its partners want to Welcome students back in style. Drop by for a Welcome Beach Fair outside Axe Library on Thursday August 27th from 9 am - 11 am. 

Academic and department partners want to help introduce you to services and personnel, while having a bit of fun. Make connections with friendly employees that will help you out. Library Serivces, Student Success, The Axe Grind, and reps from Gender Resource Center will be there.

Help us keep it safe and have fun. Remember your social distancing guides and sanitazion products available at each table.


Library Services Reopening Plan

At PSU, the health and safety of our employees and students is our top priority. Library Services has been engaged in revising policies, changing space, reimaginging services, and modifying operations to reopen safely.


Outlined here is the Library Services Reopening plan.


The Library Services Material Pick-up Service will continue beyond our reopening. It is the goal that this services helps students and employees request and pick up materials in a low contact and speedy manner. 


For additional Covid-19 Resources visit our Library Guide.

For campus information on Covid-19, Resources, Policies, Forms, and more.   

Documenting the COVID-19 Pandemic at Pittsburg State University

the Special Collections & University Archives at Pittsburg State University is seeking to record and preserve the personal accounts of PSU students, alumni, faculty, administrators and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We invite you to help us capture and preserve PSU’s experiences during this time.

For more Info .

Laptop Checkout & Returns (Spring & Summer 2020)

This Spring 2020 semester students checked out laptops and equipment from Axe Library to accomplish distance learning. Check below for information on returns and renewals.



Students may return the borrowed laptops and equipment at Axe Library between 8 am and 4 pm on any of the following dates: May 6th - 8th as well as May 11th – 15th.


Library staff will meet students at the front entry of Axe Library to receive and sanitize returned devices.


Renewals (If enrolled in summer)

It is possible for students enrolled in upcoming Summer semester to renew their laptop. To facilitate the process, emails will go out to each borrower. Follow the instructions and reply to that message.

If you have questions or have not received your email message, please contact Marsha Blalock here.

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Virtual Escape Room

Need a break from studying? Looking for a family activity? Missing Pittsburg State’s campus? 

Library Services have created a PSU-themed virtual escape room with the hidden gems of campus. You can participate in the escape room by yourself, with those in your household, or with others using video-calling software. All you need is an internet connection. 

The virtual escape room is ready for you… can you recover the missing artwork in time? Partake in the virtual escape room by going to:

Added Virtual Reference Assistance

Now our Virtual Reference Services are available for longer hours*. No matter where you are located, Library Services is here to help!


If you are studying from home, studying late, or need some quick help, we are here. Check out our Virtual Reference chat program. It has been a long standing chat service from Library Services. 

We can answer questions, send you screen shots, and you can even save a transcript of the chat to keep the links and tips handy. 

During dead week and finals chat service will also extend to 11 pm. 


Check out the PSU Libraries chat - Ask a Librarian Page


Check out the campus chante page - Pittstate Chat


*(During off hours, chats will route to email and be answered at the first available time.)

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Pittsburg State University - 2020 Earth Week Challenge

April 22 nd 2020 marks the 50 th Anniversary of Earth Day. During the first Earth Day in 1970, millions gathered for rallies, teach-ins, and to collectively help raise the national awareness of environmental issues. 

Learn a little more about the history of this original grassroots movement from History Channel and from the Environmental Protection Agency.

!! Library Services wants to issue a challenge !!

Participate in the Pittsburg State University 2020 Earth Week Challenge from April 18 th - 25 th through the GooseChase scavenger hunt app.
PSU and community invited to participate. From where ever you currently are located!

  1. Download GooseChase App from Playstore on mobile device. (see logo on right)
  2. Search for the Game using one of the Game Codes from the right.
  3. Follow any of the challenges. Take some great pics, go explore, learn, and have fun!
  4. Using the same device or account, return over various days to continue the challenge.
  5. Stay safe and follow local safety guidelines. 

GooseChase app logo

Download App from App Play Store and use ONE of the Game Codes below. Game starts Saturday 4.18.20.

Play anytime during the week and return to finish additional challenges. Have fun: 


Pittsburg State University - 2020 Earth Week Challenge #1 ( PEQZXM 

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Pittsburg State University - 2020 Earth Week Challenge #2 ( R7VZB5 )

Pittsburg State University - 2020 Earth Week Challenge #3 ( 4XRLMM )

Planting MilkWeed to support Monarch Butterfly habitats. There is a lot of information about the loss of habitats for the Monarch butterflies. Sometimes small steps can help in big ways. K-State Research and Extension and Monarch Watch are two sources with fantastic information about Monarchs, habitats, and planting MilkWeed. 

It is important to note. There are many types of Milkweed. Checking a local guide or asking your local garden or nursery assistant for help is recommended.

  • Check out a K-State resource on Milkweeds for the Garden  .

  • One common type you may find in the SE Kansas region is Asclepias Incarnata (Swamp Milkweed ). If you get some seeds, here are some directions Growing Directions

  • If you are interested in other DIY projects with young children: check out Seed Bombs and DIY seed bombs

Updated Video Tutorials

Library Services just recently updated their video tutorials!

We know research can be tricky. Luckily these short tutorials help you make the most of your time with research tips and tricks.

Click Here for videos on 




InterLibrary Loan


And more videos coming soon.


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Celebrate Women's History Month

Leonard H. Axe Library will host “The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage in Kansas,” a presentation and discussion by Diane Eickhoff on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm  in the Basement of Axe Library. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

Kansas was historically a leader in women’s rights, Yet the campaign for voting rights in Kansas required more than half a century of determined effort, as women suffered setbacks in three different statewide initiatives. This presentation will explore the courageous individuals who challenges the powerful interests opposed to electoral reform and explore other “firsts” that women achieved on the road to suffrage.


Diane Eickhoff is an independent historian, writer, and editor of education materials. Her most recent historical biography, Clarina Nichols: Frontier Crusader for Women’s Rights, is published by Quindaro Press.


The Long Road to Women’s Suffrage in Kansas is part of Humanities Kansas's Movement of Ideas Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and workshops designed to share stories that inspire, spark conversations that inform, and generate insights that strengthen civic engagement.


Contact Ruth Monnier at or 620-235-4885 for more information. 

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Book Sale April 2, 2020

Axe Library’s Annual Book Sale is fast approaching!


The book sale will occur Thursday April 2 nd from 10 am-2 pm on the first floor of Axe Library.


The Library is currently accepting book donations for the sale. Books (in good condition or gently used) can be dropped off right at Axe Library. Or contact Jorge Leon for pick-ups.  


Each year we find new homes for tons of books ranging in topics. Subject areas include fiction, art, classic literature, story books, and more. The book sale is open to PSU and community members with prices ranging from $0.50 to $2.00. Proceeds help fund annual library programming. 


Your support is greatly appreciated. We hope to see you at the sale! If you have questions communicate with Jorge León  ( or at 620.235.4892 ) 

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PSU’s Axe Library and Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology to observe Open Education Week

As a part of Open Education Global’s annual Open Education Week, Leonard H. Axe Library and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology will host a panel to raise awareness and showcase the impact of open education. 

Open Education Week began in 2013 as a way to highlight achievement and excellence in open education. Open education is the elimination of barriers to high-quality educational experiences and resources through creators’ open access materials. Open educational resources (OER) are materials that can be modified because of their creators’ permission to do so through Creative Commons licenses. 

Given the broad scope of OER, the panel will contain a student voice, K-12 educator, OER author, PSU professor, and a repository manager. Learn more about OER as well as usage and creation of OER materials by attending the panel. 

OER Panel

Thursday, Mar. 5, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Axe Library’s Basement

Are you looking to learn more about OER? Do you want to hear about others' experiences? Do you have questions about OER? This panel will cover a brief overview of OER, various panelists' experiences with OER, and a moderated Q&A period. More information can be found at

Questions? Contact Ruth Monnier, 620-235-4885 or Jennifer Pursley, 620-235-4847.