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Fall @ Kent Library

Kent Library is making changes to keep everyone safe.

Fall Library FAQ:

1. Will Kent Library be open during the Fall?

Yes-most definitely.
Library hours:

2. Will study rooms/space be available?

Yes. Furniture has been rearranged to promote social distancing, meaning fewer students at tables and in study rooms.

3. Will I be able to reserve a study room?

Yes. Reservations can be made through the “Study Rooms” Quick Link at

Study rooms are smaller spaces, with new capacity limits. Most of study rooms only have space for 2 students at once. Two 3rd floor study rooms are large enough for 4-6 students.

4. Are face coverings required in Kent Library when I’m by myself?

Yes. Face coverings are required inside all Southeast’s buildings. Kent Library is a space shared by many and protecting one another is important.

5. What about areas such as Reference, the Heather MacDonald Greene Multimedia Center and Special Collections and Archives?

In-person Reference help is on the 3rd floor. You can also use chat reference or ask for a Zoom meeting. Due to their smaller spaces, appointments are requested at the Heather MacDonald Green Multimedia Center ( and Special Collections & Archives ( . See the hours web-page for area hours.

6. Can I go to the collection shelves, and grab books off the shelf?

No. For the safety of everyone, all the Library’s collections are currently closed. To request books, or other items, use the library catalog’s “Request It” button for on-shelf holds. You’ll get an email when your item(s) are ready for pickup at the Circulation Desk.

For “on-demand” requests, bring a list of call numbers and a few words of the title to the Circulation Desk and we’ll immediately pull those items for you.

7. What if I want to browse the books?

You can browse online. Find a book or dvd you like in the catalog, click on the call number, and you can virtually scan other items in that same area. For Best Sellers and New Books, please browse online at:

8. Will Mississippi Mugs (coffee cart) be open?

Yes. Please see our hours page.

9. What is Kent Library doing to keep me safe?

Like you, librarians and staff are wearing face coverings, social distancing, and frequently washing our hands. We are also disinfecting and cleaning shared spaces and limiting access to hard-to-clean areas.

10. Can I attend Zoom classes in the library?

Yes. You can bring your own laptop, or checkout a student laptop from the Circulation Desk and find a quiet place anywhere in the library. You might want to bring your headphones too.

A study room on the main floor (KL249A) has been set aside for Zoom class use Monday-Thursday, 8:00am–8:00pm and Fridays, 8:00am-5pm.

11. Can I attend Zoom classes in the computer lab?

Contact the computer lab assistant at 573-651-2812 or the IT Help Desk.

Johnson Endowment Grants for Student Groups

Kent Library will be awarding two grants of $1,000 each to university recognized student groups for funding to enhance the library’s collection in their area. Grants can be spent on materials both electronic and physical that can be acquired through a one-time purchase.

Applications can be found through the following link along with more information about the process and what is required for submission. Applications are due by November 6.

For questions, please contact Randyn Heisserer-Miller, Acquisitions Coordinator, at 573-651-2073 or

Kent Library Curbside Pickup

Kent Library is open, and we will continue to offer curbside pickup for library users. You have two options for requesting materials.

Option 1 – Curbside Request Form

  1. Click here to fill out a form to request books and/or dvds. You may have to download the blank form before filling it out. If you prefer a Word document instead of a pdf, click here.
  2. Enter your information and the titles and call numbers for books or DVDs you want to borrow.
  3. Select one of the available pick-up times.
  4. To save the completed PDF from your web browser select File > Print, then choose the setting of "Save as PDF". Save the form as “your last name request” and email it to For example: “Jones request.pdf” or “Jones request.docx”.
  5. Circulation will email you, confirming the availability of the titles you requested, your pickup time and pickup instructions.
  6. The morning of your pickup, you will receive an email receipt showing the items requested were checked out to you.
  7. When you arrive at Kent Library, please park in one of the designated parking spaces for curbside pickup near the back doors of the library.
  8. Call 573-651-2232 and tell us your name and the spot number where you are parked
  9. When we bring your items out, please show us your photo ID through your window (either your Southeast ID or other government issued ID).
  10. For contact-less pickup, pop your trunk, and we’ll place your books in your trunk. Otherwise, we can hand the books to you through your window.


Melissa LaPlant gives us a tour of the Charles Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse, talks about commercial mum propagation, shows how to best plant your mums at home, and MUCH more!
To know more about our Athenaeum Lecture Series click here!

Mums Atheneaum

Protect the Nest

Training Video

Southeast Missouri State University is committed to protecting the health and well-being of our campus community. We’re working to monitor the coronavirus pandemic as we move forward in providing a quality academic experience and personal support for our students on campus.

Please view the following video to learn how you can protect the nest!

Visit for additional information.

Protect the Nest Training from SEMissouriState on Vimeo.

Reading Recs

Looking for something new to read? Wonder what the library has to offer? Check out our “Reading Recs!” Each month Kent Library will post a themed list of books recommended by students, faculty, staff, and alumni, offering you new and exciting reading options. Check out the current list! You can also suggest books or future themes.

Reference Assistance

New Reference Hours!

Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM-8:00 PM


Students, staff, and guests can now talk to the Reference librarian in-person, safely, behind a plexiglass ‘sneeze guard’ while viewing a separate monitor we have set-up for patron’s safety and convenience! Of course, masks are required! Reference also continues virtually through our chat service, email communication, and via telephone (573.986.6793). Librarians can also set up a Zoom meeting to help with research consultations. Best of luck to students working through this pandemic! We are here to help!

Reserve a Zoom Room

Kent Library has a reservable room available for students in a Zoom class. KL249A is on the main floor, close to the back door. Students can reserve the room for up to 1.5 hours, three times a week. Students can check out a laptop at the Circulation Desk or bring their own device. Headphones are highly recommended.

To reserve the room, click on this link:

You can also access the reservations by clicking on the ”Study Rooms” Quick Link on the library’s home page and then change the category at the top from “Group Study Rooms” to “Zoom Room”.

Reserve Zoom Room How To

Share Your Experience

Please consider sharing how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your daily life as a Southeast student, faculty or staff member, or community member. Special Collections & Archives in Kent Library is accepting submissions of stories, videos and images that document how life has been changed during this historic global health crisis. Please consider sharing your story with us today!

Visit this link to share your story.

What Would You Like to Read About?

Kent Library wants you to be a part of our collection development! The nominations for the subject areas are in! Now it's time to vote. By November 6, 2020 Visit this intiative webpage to vote on the subject area you would like to read about Click Here.

The winning area will receive $1,000 for the purchase of materials to be added to the collection. For more information visit the Acquisition Unit's Webpage.

for questions, please contact Randyn Heisserer-Miller, Acquisitions Coordinator, at 573-651-2073 or