About the Library


View and apply for Steely Library jobs at the NKU Human Resources Employment website.


View the catalogs and materials from library exhibits.

Friends of Steely Library

The Friends of Steely Library is an organization whose mission is to promote awareness and interest in the library’s collections and facilities. They also support the growth and development of resources and services and attract gifts and monetary support for the enrichment of the library.


View open hours, and closings for Steely Library, Special Collections and Archives, and Media Collections.

Library Administration

View the library's mission statement, strategic plan, annual report, and gallery of photos. This section also contains information on the University Library Advisory Committee.

Library Policies

View the library's policies and guidelines

Maps & Parking

View library floor plans, campus maps and directions, and visitor parking information.

Our People

Search for Steely Library personnel, by name or by department.

Steely Library Collections

Brief descriptions of the collections available in Steely Library.


Take a virtual tour of Steely Library.

Frank Steely


W. Frank Steely Library . . . erected in 1975 . . . named in honor of Will Frank Steely, Ph.D., the first president and one of the founding fathers of Northern Kentucky State College.

"Dr. Steely worked for a great many years to build a senior state college on these barren fields. Dr. Steely's exemplary character, intelligence, and integrity typify Ernest Hemingway's definition of courage: 'Grace Under Pressure.'" John P. DeMarcus - October 29, 1972

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457