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Chelsea Sparrow

"My experience at Lake Superior State University is one of the best of my life. Not only did the education I received prepare me immensely for the work world, I made friendships and connections that are sure to last me a lifetime. LSSU is the perfect collegiate experience: exceptional educators, a welcoming community and the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula."

--Chelsea Sparrow
LSSU Athletic Training Graduate;
ATC Graduate Intern Athletic Trainer;
University of Minnesota, Duluth

Guided Tour

Kenneth J. Shouldice Library

Opened in 1971, the library underwent an $12 million expansion in 1994, doubling its size. Besides books, the library houses an audio/visual center, classrooms, auditorium, faculty/staff offices, computer labs and an interactive television classroom/studio. The library is named for Dr. Kenneth Shouldice, longtime LSSC president who led the campus through an extensive building campaign in the late 1960s and 1970s.

The Kenneth J. Shouldice Library is an instructional resources center open to all: students, faculty, and staff of LSSU, and members of the community and region. A highly trained staff is available to help you meet diverse informational and computing needs.

The collection consists of over 130,000 volumes and 850 periodical subscriptions, as well as 75,000 microforms and nearly 1,000 items in various formats. The on-line catalog, Voyager, provides access to our collection. The library provides wireless access throughout its three floors, and ample computer stations to access the Internet or one of the many databases available. Ample room to study comfortably with seating for over 350 is available as well as individual and group study rooms. For the latest information, visit our Website at:

The circulation desk is the service point for a number of activities, including checking out library materials, class reserves, picking up Interlibrary Loan orders, and obtaining printouts from printing requests sent from library computers. Circulation staff can answer questions and offer assistance in using the library computers and equipment when a reference librarian is unavailable. Community members are welcome to use both the library and check-out materials.

The Gallery: The library maintains an exceptional gallery at the entrance to the facility and is open for viewing during regular library hours. Exhibits for the Gallery, located on the main floor, must be approved by the Gallery Committee and comply with the exhibit policies for “The Gallery.”

Library services for regional center students: The KJS Library offers support services for regional students through its Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and Reference departments. The ILL department provides document delivery of books, government documents, and periodical articles sent directly to the student’s address. Reference assistance is available by e-mail:, by telephone: 906-635-2167 or via fax at: 906-635-2193.

Reference librarians are available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. , Monday-Friday, and from 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the academic year. Summer and semester break hours are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. , Monday-Friday. For further information, visit our Website at:

Libarary - Photo Gallery

For additional information on various policies and services listed below, see our Website at:

  • Circulation
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Special purpose programs
  • Computer use
  • Video tapes
  • Gifts
  • Reserves
  • Overdues
  • Donations

Hands-on Training...

Brian Applegate

Brian Applegate
Fire Science

LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.

"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."

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