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Library Departments

WKU Libraries is a division at Western Kentucky University comprised of three departments and the Dean's Office.


Dean's Office


  • Communications
  • Dean of WKU Libraries
  • Library Outreach
  • Library Systems Office (LSO)

Dean of WKU Libraries: Susann deVries | 270-745-2904 | susann.devries@wku.edu


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Department of Library Public Services (DLPS)


  • Beulah Winchel Education Library
  • Circulation Services
  • Regional Campus Libraries
  • Government Documents
  • InterLibrary Loan Office
  • Periodicals
  • Reference
  • Security
  • Visual Performance Arts Library

Acting Department Head: Susann deVries | 270-745-2904 | susann.devries@wku.edu

The Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University has as its primary goal the collection, preservation and provision of access to information resources which support the instructional, research, and public service programs of the University. Additionally, the department seeks to promote resource sharing at the state, regional, national and global levels by providing enhanced access to collections and serving as a gateway to local, national and international resources. We do this while trying not to lose sight of the department's longstanding motto: ASK US! and its inherent dedication to personalized service with a human touch.


Department of Library Technical Services (DLTS)


  • Acquisitions/Collection Services
  • Bibliographic Access
  • Continuing Resources
  • Student Personnel

Department Head: Deana Groves | 270-745-6151 | deana.groves@wku.edu

The Department of Library Technical Services (DLTS) is composed of four areas: Continuing Resources, Bibliographic Access, Acquisitions/Collection Services, and Student Personnel. DLTS is responsible for acquiring, organizing, cataloging and providing access to books, serials, non-print items, and electronic resources; binding and preserving materials for extended use in the collection; providing access to multiple resources that enhance and support research and lifelong learning through theonline library catalog, Internet resources, print collections, and emerging forms of information acquisition and access; providing technological support and enhancements to library faculty and staff. In the search for wisdom and knowledge, we provide users with information, collections, and connections.


Department of Library Special Collections (DLSC)


  • Research Collections
  • Manuscripts & Folklife
  • WKU Archives


Department Head: Jonathan Jeffrey | 270-745-5265 | jonathan.jeffrey@wku.edu

Library Special Collections acquires and preserves materials primarily related to Kentucky and Kentuckians, with the objective of making them available to researchers interested in the state, its people and their relationship to the world. Visit us to learn about the Civil War, World War II, Kentucky authors, Mammoth Cave, Western Kentucky University, genealogy, folklore, Kentucky Shakers, politics and much more!  


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 Last Modified 7/3/18