Kennesaw State University opens graduate library

Ribbon cutting for new graduate library

On Tuesday, the Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State University became one of only a handful of…

Georgia (Oct 12, 2012) — On Tuesday, the Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State University became one of only a handful of libraries in the country to have a designated graduate research library.

“We wanted to create a graduate library because for years and years we were an undergraduate institution, but all that’s changed now,” Assistant Vice President for Library Services David Evans said.

Kennesaw State offers 26 master’s programs, an education specialist degree and four doctoral programs, as well as four graduate certificate programs. Following a $1 million renovation, the third floor of the Sturgis Library has been transformed into the graduate library. There’s new carpet covering the floor’s 26,000 square feet, new ceiling tiles, seven rooms for group study and three additional classrooms. The library has also hired two Ph.D. graduate librarians, Elizabeth Shields and Mary Wilson. Associate Professor of Library Science Cheryl Stiles is also on the graduate library team.

“A dedicated space with staff specifically hired and trained to work with graduate students will help our students produce better quality research and become more aware of the various tools available to them,” said David Baugher, director of graduate admissions. “With the growth in our graduate student body and graduate programs this is a much needed resource. The graduate library is another example of Kennesaw State's dedication to graduate education on our campus.”

This fall, there are 1,849 students enrolled in graduate programs at Kennesaw State, an increase of 4.7 percent over last year.

Jennifer Hafer



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit