Mission & Hours

Students in the Library Stacks


The Kares Library supports the academic mission of the University by providing an organized collection, delivering access to instruction and research services, offering usable physical and virtual spaces, and hiring and retaining highly qualified employees. 


The purpose of the Athens State University Kares Library is to support students, faculty, staff, and the community through:

  1. developing and maintaining a high quality, responsive, useful, and timely collection of materials and services to support academic programs and the institution.
  2. the utilization of instruction in information literacy and research services.
  3. providing and maintaining useable physical and virtual spaces.
    1. retaining and hiring highly qualified employees who are committed to the continued success of the university


The Kares Library operating hours are as follows, but hours may vary between semesters.


Under the directive of the Alabama State Health Officer and the Governor’s Office, the physical Kares Library will be closed to students and the general public until further notice.

The library will be offering online services starting March 23, 2020, from 10 am to 7 pm Monday – Friday.