Building Hours

Extended Hours for Finals

Dec 13 – 7:30am – 7:30pm
Dec 14 – 7:30am – 4:30pm
Dec 15 - CLOSED
Dec 16 - CLOSED

Winter Break Hours
Dec 17 - 21 - 8am - 4:30pm 
Dec 22 - Jan 1 - CLOSED

Research Help Hours

Mon-Fri - 8am - 4:30pm
Sun - 

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Borrowing Materials

Most material may be checked out from the Learning Commons Desk inside the library or at the service desk located in the Roemer Lobby as you enter the building. Please refer to the Forsyth Library circulation policy for more information about borrowing.

Eligible Borrowers

  • Any current Fort Hays State University faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, or student with a valid FHSU Tiger ID card.
  • Kansas residents with a Forsyth Library community borrower card. Community Cards are for sale for $25.00 at the Learning Commons Desk with proof of Kansas residency and current address.
  • We do not accept the State Library of Kansas Library Card.
  • A valid FHSU employee or student ID card or a Forsyth Library community borrower card must be presented to check out materials.

Loan Periods

Borrowers are responsible for understanding the policies related to any library material they check out. Fines and fees will be charged for materials returned past the time and/or date due. Disregard for library policies may result in permanent suspension of Forsyth Library borrowing privileges.

The table below provides a brief overview of loan periods for various materials. Consult our complete circulation policy for information regarding renewals, fines, and fees.




Faculty & Staff

Community Borrower
Most Books
21 days 56 days End of Semester 21 days
Special Collections* 7 days* 21 days* 21 days* 7 days*
Course Reserves
4 hours 4 hours 4 hours --
Laptops & Tablets
3 days 3 days 3 days --
Technology Equipment
3 days 3 days 3 days --
  • Books are from the library's general, juvenile, and government documents collections.
  • Special Collections* include materials found in the University Archives and Special Collections rooms. Select items may be circulated for a limited time only * with permission * from the University Archivist.
  • Course Reserves are kept behind the Learning Commons Desk. These are generally physical items that support specific courses.
  • Laptops (Mac or PC) may be checked out by FHSU students, faculty, or staff. 
  • Technology equipment (laptops, tablets, cameras, video recorders, projectors, screens, cords, tripods, etc.) may be checked out by FHSU students, staff, and faculty. Learn more about technology checkout.

Paying Library Fines

  • Library fines or fees can be paid at the Learning Commons Desk using cash or check.
  • Please consult the Forsyth Library Circulation Policy for information on fines for specific materials.
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