SUROP students, REU students, SURPH students, MAPS students, and students from any other acronymic K-State summer research program, K-State Libraries welcome you---international, out-of-state, and Kansas students alike---to our beautiful Manhattan campus! Yes, we know you've been here for a few weeks already, but our welcome really isn't late. By now you should be somewhat familiarized with the campus (at least to the point that you know where your class meets), split into project groups with research topics decided, and ready to embark on or dive deeper into the research process. For K-State Libraries, that's the perfect time for us to pop in the door and introduce ourselves.
The largest of K-State's five Manhattan campus library locations is Hale Library. You may recognize Hale as the castle-like building masquerading as a construction zone this summer. But don't let the hardhats, scaffolding, and construction workers deter you from taking a look. We're bustling with activity on the inside, too. Our friendly librarians are more than happy to answer your questions, whether it's about the research process, how to find an article, where you can settle down with a quiet place to study, how to print off those class notes, or where to go for the best coffee in Aggieville! And though Hale may only be open abbreviated hours this summer season, we still feature a 24 hour study area located by Einstein's Bros Bagels on our 1st floor.
Fiedler Engineering Library is conveniently located on the first floor in the Fiedler portion of the Durland/Fiedler/Rathbone Hall engineering complex. So after meeting with your class, you can start your research (or begin your upteenth hour of research) in the library without even leaving the building. Save for a few reference books, Fiedler Engineering Library is an entirely electronic library with state-of-the-art technology. Use the library's specialized engineering databases for comprehensive research, or check out the library's subject guides (organized by department) if you're unsure of where to start.
The Math/Physics Library is housed in Cardwell Hall, which, fittingly, is also home to the math and physics departments. The Math/Physics Library, on Cardwell's first floor, provides you with convenient access to more than 200,000 advanced math, physics, and science materials.
Two more libraries have yet to make an appearance. These last two libraries have a lot to contribute to the summer research programs, so watch for the next Short Cuts article to discover the final two additions to complete our K-State Libraries all-star team!