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Welcome to the Barton Library website. We serve Barton Community College’s students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the Barton, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, Russell, and Stafford County communities. It is our privilege to help facilitate your learning endeavors, whether you are on-campus or online. The Library provides academic support to the College’s five campus locations, and to remote learners. We encourage you to take full advantage of the collections, resources, and services available to meet student and faculty academic needs.
In addition to maintaining an extensive collection of print books and periodicals, the Barton Library provides curriculum-appropriate online journals, eBooks, and streaming media that can be accessed through the Library Resources page or the MyBarton Portal. We also furnish researchers and community learners with in-person access to the special collections of the Cohen Center for Kansas History.
The Roman poet Horace once encouraged a friend to "dare to know," and by similarly promoting the pursuit of knowledge and the free exchange of ideas, we seek to be a center for teaching and learning. All our librarians and staff members adhere to the Library’s Mission Statement:
The Barton Library’s primary mission is to provide a well-balanced collection of resources essential to supporting the learning opportunities offered by Barton Community College. In addition, the Library strives to develop, arrange, and maintain information services that spark curiosity, cultivate critical thinking, and encourage a lifelong love of learning.
To further those aims, we provide expert support to help you best utilize the full range of our collection. Our librarians are available in-person, by telephone, or through e-mail to aid in accessing library materials, conducting research, or answering technology questions. We encourage you to make use of our technology resources, such as computers, laptops, Chromebooks, printers, and scanners, and to collaborate with your colleagues in the Quiet Rooms. Let us assist you in discovering how the Barton Library can be an essential component to a successful academic career.
I am honored to serve you as the library director. Justin Winsor, the first president of the American Library Association, advocated in 1880 for making “the library the grand rendezvous of the college for teacher and pupil alike.” That outlook has stood the test of time. I and the entire Barton Library team hope you will consider us a partner in your education and a resource for quality information during your time at Barton Community College.
Darren L. Ivey
Director of Library and College Archives
The Barton Library is your first stop to find books, periodicals, or audiovisual media.
If the object of your search is not among our holdings, try the Kansas State Library's Catalog.
If you need to take the search wider, WorldCat is an online database with more than 1.2 billion records for books and other materials in OCLC member libraries, worldwide.
Inter-Library Loan User Guide
What are Inter-Library Loans?
- Inter-Library Loan service allows Barton Library patrons to request materials not part of our collection that are held by other Kansas libraries.
- This service is open to Barton Community College faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students, and to the general public when using a current Kansas library card. Barton Library accounts must be in good standing.
- Search the Barton Library Catalog to confirm the needed book or periodical is not among our physical holdings.
- Search the Library’s databases to confirm the needed book or periodical is not among our electronic holdings.
- Once verified, fill out the Book Request Form or Periodical Request form.
- If assistance is needed, you may contact Library staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (620) 792-9365
- Materials are borrowed from lending libraries in Kansas free of charge. For out-of-state materials, lending libraries have the discretion to request patrons pay the shipping costs.
- We cannot guarantee a specific arrival time. Requests are processed during the weekdays. Typically, materials are received within five (5) to seven (7) business days.
- The pick-up and drop-off location for physical materials is Murphy’s Landing in the Barton Library on the Great Bend campus. Patrons are responsible for using ILL materials carefully and returning them to the Barton Library promptly and in good condition. Most periodical articles and book chapters are delivered electronically.
- The lending library specifies the length of the loan (usually two to four weeks), the conditions under which material may be used (in-library only, no copying, handle with care, etc.), and the possibility of renewals. Some libraries do not grant renewals, so prompt pick-up and use of materials is vital.
- To make a renewal request, contact Barton Library staff three (3) business days before the due date in order to allow time for a response from the lending library. If the request is granted, we will adjust your due date to reflect the amount of time the lending library allowed and send you an email message. If the lending library denies the renewal, we will send you a message asking you to return the item by its original due date
Employing the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the Barton Library endeavors to train students in becoming proficient inquirers, astute information consumers, and, ultimately, active and informed citizens.
When weighing the merits of a scholarly work, avail yourself of the Evaluating Resources (S.T.A.R.T.) guide.
With numerous choices of materials available to students, see the Library's thoughts on Reliable Publishers.
The Library Advisory Board is an institutional team that seeks to maintain direct lines of communication and enable the exchange of ideas between the Library and students, faculty, and staff across the College's five campuses.