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WKU Owensboro Library


L. Reid Haire Administration Building Phone: (270) 852-7785 (Library Main Number) 
Room 219 FAX: (270) 684-1498
4821 New Hartford Road (270) 684-9797 (WKU Owensboro Main Office)
Owensboro, KY 42303  

About the Owensboro Library

The Owensboro Library is a general reference library with primary emphasis on upper-level undergraduate and graduate research needs. There is a non-circulating collection which includes: standard reference sources (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories); current magazines; local newspapers; and electronic indexes and Internet databases, as well as an ever-growing circulating collection.

In addition, currently enrolled students can request books and journal articles to be sent from the WKU main campus library. Materials are usually delivered overnight via special courier. Turnaround time on requests is usually 1-2 days, but at times the service takes up to 7-10 days. You can e-mail requests to, telephone or fax the library at the numbers above, or request them in person.

The library staff can help you find print sources, use the WKU library's online catalog and databases, and make requests for main-campus items. Faculty can also request in-class instruction sessions.

NOTE: You can access the WKU databases from off campus using your NetID, or passwords provided by the Library, as applicable.


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New at the WKU Owensboro Library! 

April 2015


Violence, Inequality and Human Freedom

Our Unsystematic Health Care System

Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System: A Critical Analysis from Law, Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching

Religion, politics, and polarization : how religiopolitical conflict is changing Congress and American democracy

Mental disability, violence, and future dangerousness: myths behind the presumption of guilt

Character and cops : ethics in policing

How nonprofits work : case studies in nonprofit organizations

Developing ecological consciousness : the end of separation

Just plain data analysis : finding, presenting, and interpreting social science data

What's your evidence? : engaging K-5 students in constructing explanations in science

Science curriculum topic study : bridging the gap between standards and practice


The Duchess

Y Tu Mama Tambien

Sweeney Todd in Concert

Through a Glass Darkly






WKU Owensboro Library can have copies of articles or books placed on reserve by professors. Some reserve items are online via BlackBoard. Most file copy reserve materials are "Room Use" only and may not be removed from the library. Some reserves may be checked out after 6:00 p.m. for overnight use. Instructors may also designate a three-day or seven-day loan period. Fines for overdue reserves are $.25 per hour or $.75 per day per item.

Photocopy Services

A self-service photocopier, and a document scanner is available.

Computer Services

WKU Owensboro Library has eleven desktop computers as well as nineteen laptop computers that can be checked out and used within the WKU Owensboro Building.

Who's Who at the Owensboro Library



Owensboro Library Hours


Fall 2015 Library Hours

 Monday - Thursday

 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM


 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

 Saturday and Sunday


Special Fall 2015 Hours

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 (Fall Break)
10 am to 4:30 pm
Thursday & Friday, Oct. 1-2, 2015 (Fall Break)
10 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 (Thanksgiving)
10 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesday - Friday, Nov. 25-27, 2015 (Thanksgiving) CLOSED
Monday, December 14, 2015 -  Sunday, January 3, 2015 (Winter Break) CLOSED





Other Libraries in Owensboro

Owensboro Community and Technical College Library
4800 New Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303-1800
(270) 686-4590
Online Catalog

Kentucky Wesleyan College Library Learning Center
3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
Phone: 270-852-3259
Online Catalog

Brescia University
717 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301-3023
Online Catalog

Daviess County Public Library
2020 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
FAX: 270.684.0211
Online Catalog

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