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Mission and Vision

We manifest the land-grant values and rich history of our university. We elevate academic success as an integral partner in research, learning, and discovery. We advocate for our campus and our community, connect their imaginations to information, and number their successes among our own.

This mission and vision supports K-State 2025 by developing K-State Libraries as the central place for discovery through providing resources and support for the teaching, research, and service of Kansas State University and the citizens of Kansas.


K-State Libraries began when the property of Bluemont Central College, including a library of 2,700 volumes, became Kansas State Agricultural College in 1863. From that one building, the collected materials were moved four times to various buildings across campus (Farm Machinery Hall, Anderson Hall, Fairchild Hall, and Farrell Library).

In 1926, construction began on a building with the purpose of housing only the libraries' collections. That building has been renovated three times, most recently with the dedication of Hale Library (pdf) in 1997. In addition to Hale, there are four branch libraries: Math/Physics LibraryKansas State Polytechnic Library,Veterinary Medical Library, and Paul Weigel Library of Architecture, Planning and Design. Over the years other branch libraries have existed but are now incorporated into Hale and the existing branches.

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Last updated: 12/27/2016