Plan a Visit

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Before You Visit

Appointments are not necessary, but strongly encouraged. Please contact us to schedule a visit. To better assist you, our staff will discuss your research interests and prepare materials before you arrive for your convenience.

Many requests can be completed remotely. You are welcome to call us or send an email to inquire. Please be aware, however, that our staff is small and very busy. Complex or time-consuming requests may need to be addressed by the researcher in person.


Our Facility

  1. Axe Library’s physical address is 1605 S. Joplin Street, Pittsburg KS, 66762
  2. Special Collections and University Archives are located in the basement of the library in Room 015.
  3. The library entrances are handicapped-accessible. There is also an elevator and stairs leading to the basement.
  4. Our reading room is open to the public during our normal operating hours. There are four tables with four chairs each for researchers to use.
  5. Restrooms are located on every floor of the library.
  6. Public computers, microfilm readers, and a scanner are also located in the basement near the reading room. You are strongly encouraged to bring a flash drive for saving your research.


Guidelines for Researchers

  1. Food and drink are not permitted in the reading room. Please wash your hands before touching the materials to avoid food transfer.
  2. Special Collections materials cannot be checked out and do not leave the reading room.
  3. Laptops and cell phones are permitted. Patrons may take pictures of items for research purposes.
  4. Only pencils are allowed when handling collections. No pens or markers are permitted.
  5. If you intend to use our materials in a publication, please discuss permissions with the curator prior to publishing.



There are parking spaces in front of the library on Joplin Street and a large parking lot behind the library. Both have parking spots designated for visitors. If you are not a student or an employee at the university, please park in one of those spots.

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

We are closed for lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Appointments are not required, but strongly encouraged.

Please contact us at (620) 235-4883 or to discuss appointment times.