Community Outreach

Community Use of the Library

The Athens State University Kares Library’s collections and services are primarily intended to support the research and classroom needs of Athens State students and faculty.  However, anyone is welcome to come into the Kares Library and use its services and resources on the premises.  Reference materials and reference assistance from librarians are available to the public, as are two computers with Internet access.  A library card is required to check books out of the building.

Kares Library cards are available free of charge to current Athens State students and employees, Athens State alumni, and current teachers in the Athens City and Limestone County school systems.  In addition, free library cards are available to current students of institutions with which Athens State has borrowing agreements: Alabama A&M University, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of North Alabama, Oakwood University, Calhoun Community College, Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Snead State Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College,  Northwest-Shoals Community College, and Faulkner University.  Patrons affiliated with these institutions should bring school identification as evidence of enrollment.

High school students and community residents who do not fall into the above categories may purchase an Athens State library card for twenty dollars.  Cards enable cardholders to check books out from the Kares Library.  Cards remain valid for two years.  The checkout limit for anyone not currently affiliated with Athens State is three items at one time.

Contact Jennifer Wolfe by email if you have questions or need more information.

Kares Library Tours and Group Visits

Tours and library instruction are available for classes or any other type of group.  Librarians can offer tours of the facility, provide an overview of library sources and services, or focus on materials and search strategies targeted for a specific need or area of knowledge.   Kindly schedule presentations two weeks in advance by contacting Mary Aquila by email.  In your e-mail request, state the desired date and time, the specific purpose of the visit, and the number of people in the group.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Athens State University Kares Library is a group of supporters of the Athens State Kares Library.  It meets bi-monthly throughout the year to plan events that promote and raise funds for the Kares Library.  FASUL efforts in recent years brought acclaimed authors Rick Bragg and Nanci Kincaid to Athens for book readings.  The Friends group also assists the Kares Library in the annual book sale during the Fiddlers Convention.

Athens State Archives

Athens State University began in 1822 and today carries the distinction as the oldest institution of higher education in Alabama. For nearly 200 years, through epidemics, the Civil War, even the Great Depression era, this institution has never closed its doors. The Archives is committed to the continuation of this tradition by preserving today’s history for future generations.

Archives Website

Fiddlers Book Sale

The Athens State Library, along with the Friends of the Library group, sponsors a book sale during the first weekend of each October.  The sale takes place in conjunction with the Old Time Fiddlers Convention on campus.  The book sale is located inside the back entrance of Founders Hall.  Thousands of books of all types are sold, usually along with some CDs, DVDs, LPs, VHS tapes, and audio-books.

For more information about the event, contact the Library at 256-216-6661 or by email.