by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian
K-12 students may have been back in school for almost two weeks, but students at KSU are just now gearing up for another (or a first!) semester at school. The first semester at college can be a daunting thing, with all the new places, new people, new expectations. Even if you have a few K-State years under your belt, the new semester always comes with a sense of anticipation of the unknown professors, classes, and the looming future on the horizon.
Just a stone’s through away from campus, Manhattan Public Library has lots of free resources and services that can help make life as a student a little easier, and maybe a little more fun. Here are just a few of the things we offer:
- Study Rooms: Tired of fighting for space at Hale Library? Need a change of scenery while you cram for your calc midterm? MPL has spaces designed for quiet study so you can focus on your assignments, and meeting rooms where you can gather for your Elementary Spanish study group. Add in our free WiFi (plus free parking) and you’re all set.
- Databases: Whether you need to brush up on a foreign language for a placement test (Mango Languages), study for the GRE (Learning Express), or do some research for a term paper (Masterfile Premier), we have the easy-to-use databases that will get you up-to-speed quickly. Most of them are accessible from your home computer, too, so there is no need to even leave your couch to use them.
- Computers: However, if you don’t have a computer–or you are in between computers–MPL has free computers available for community use. Stop by anytime during our open hours to use them, as well as scan, copy, and fax materials. (Scanner, copier, and fax machine located by the 1st floor Information Desk.)
- Personalized Reading Lists: Need an escape from your required reading, but don’t have the time to test-drive books? We can help you make sure you spend your precious pleasure-reading hours on books you’ll love with our free personalized readings lists. Fill out our short questionnaire, and within ten days, you’ll get a list of ten or more books picked specifically for you. For our book super fans, take note: you can request a new list once a month, so there is never a need to run out of things to read.
While you don’t have to have a library card to use our study rooms or computers, a library card will get you all the books you could want, plus a stash of DVDs for when you’d rather be binge watching Sherlock. To get a library card, all you need is a photo ID and proof of current local address. (And did I mention that all of this is free?)