Forsyth library offers FHSU students a wide variety of services

BY GRANT ROWLEY
VIDEO BY ALICIA FEYERHERM

Named after General George A. Forsyth, Forsyth library has been helping students that go to Fort Hays ever since 1926. Currently, there is a lot the library can offer to students but according to Maryalice Wade, interim dean of Forsyth Library says the library is a sort of hidden gem on campus. 

“Maybe we are off the radar a bit or students don’t feel like they know how to approach the librarians to use all of our services,” Wade said. “I’ve helped students and other librarians here have helped students and they say to us, ‘Man I wish I went to you guys sooner this was so much faster.’ It really makes your life easier.”

Wade also says that the library has so much to offer students and that most students that come here don’t know everything the library has to help them.

“The library has a lot to offer students we’re really here to support students and make your life easier. However, we can offer a lot of resources,” she said. “We have books and print resources but we have a lot of electronic resources through our subscription databases. Basically, you have access to magazines and journals where you can access them for free by virtue of being a student and you can get them at home or in your dorm.” 

Not only are there online resources, but the library also has ways of helping you write your research papers. Librarians are there to help students get the structure of the research question and find source materials. If the library doesn’t have what students are looking for then Forsyth library can reach out to other colleges to find what you need. 

“We also have librarians on duty who are happy to help you with your research anything from helping you write your research question to finding resources,” she said.”If we don’t have something we have something called an interlibrary loan where we can get materials from another library for you.”

With all of the ways students can get resources to write their papers, the library also offers students study rooms that can be private or with friends – along with additional help through the internet by using the library’s computer lab.

“We have study areas and open study areas, we have computers and desktops and also equipment you can check out,” Wade said. “We have individual and group study rooms if you need a quiet place to study. We also have librarians you can access through online chat by phone or emails or just stop by and the librarians can help you.”

Forsyth library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sunday. Research help is also offered 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 12-9:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

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