About Us

About the Library

libraryThumbEast Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, one of fourteen State-owned institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, aims to be the institution of first choice for students seeking a comprehensive university distinguished by innovation and a tradition where students learn to serve, lead and succeed in a global society. To achieve that, students participate in challenging and contemporary undergraduate and graduate curricula, a learning community that promotes diversity and acknowledges the primacy of teaching, and engage in research and creative activities in a university that provides leadership and service in the educational, cultural and economic development of its region.

The University Library at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) supports the mission of the university by providing materials, services, equipment, spaces, and environments that support the curricula, assist students, faculty and staff with their study, research, and informational needs, and stimulate cultural development. The Library is an active participant in ensuring that students graduating from ESU are information literate. The University Library also contributes to the strengthening of relationships between ESU and its region through library-based services and activities.

Library Collections and Services

Kemp Library has a balanced and carefully selected collection of some 361,410 books, 106,214 periodical back files, subscriptions and licenses to over 28,600 print and electronic periodicals, and access to 70 online full-text and bibliographic databases. The library also holds over 91,600 government documents, more than 1.4 million microform items, several print abstracts, indexes, and maps, and provides access to government documents available online. The Library maintains electronic reserves for items request by instructors for the use of ESU students and offers laptop loans to students, faculty, and staff for use within the library.

Kemp Library’s homepage is the library’s main portal, providing information on and access to the materials available to Kemp users and to invaluable services such as inter-library loans, courtesy cards for non-ESU users, information literacy oriented library instruction sessions, lectures, workshops, and tours. Policies and procedures governing circulation and reference services, book requisition requests, placement and access to materials on reserve, as well as information on Library hours, whom to see for specific services, can all be found on the library’s website.

Information on the various departments of the library, specific services offered, and assistance with frequent queries and other help tools may be found under links to those departments.