Ask Steely Library!

The W. Frank Steely Library provides a central point for reference and research assistance via text messaging, instant messenger, telephone (859-572-5457), assistance at the third floor Public Service Desk, and scheduled consultations with a librarian.

Checkout & Library Cards - Taking Our Materials Home

Read about the library's rules for checking out and borrowing materials: who can check them out, what they can check out, how long they can check them out, what are the late fines and fees, etc.

Course Reserves

Looking for materials your instructor has placed on reserve for your class? Read more about Steely Library course reserves, here.

In the Library - Technology

Audio Visual Equipment              Computers               Copy Machines

Internet Access / WiFi                Laminator                 Ellison Dies

Microfilm Machines                     Printing

CITE: Center for Innovation & Technology in Education

In the Library - Quiet Group Study

Group study rooms are available to NKU and Gateway faculty, staff, and students and may be reserved for 2 hours per session. Reservations may be made up to one week in advance.

Intellectual Property Awareness Center (IPAC)

Questions about Intellectual Property? Steely Library's Intellectual Property Awareness Center is now a Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). Contact Intellectual Property Librarian John Schlipp for details.

Library Disability Services

Individuals with disabilities may request special accommodations or services, which are necessary to fully utilize the resources and services of Steely Library.

Services for Faculty & Staff

A collection of Steely Library services that are tailored to the needs of NKU faculty and staff.


Can't find what you want in the library? If you need books, articles, videos, or other items that aren’t in the library, SourceFinder may get it for you with interlibrary loan or information brokerage.

Einstein Bros Bagels - Coffee Shop

Regular Hours of Service:
Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-6:30pm
Friday: 7:30am-3:00pm

Featuring an extensive variety of specialty drinks, coffee, lattes, espresso, and teas. Also offering daily ciabatta sandwiches, made-to-order paninis, and mouth-watering pastries.

Check Out On One!

student worker at first floor Public Service Desk

You can now check out your library materials at the first floor Public Service Desk.

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457