Gateway Patrons

Northern Kentucky University's W. Frank Steely Library is pleased to provide many services to students, faculty, and staff of Gateway Community and Technical College.

Checkout & Library Cards

Gateway students, faculty, and staff have full access to the circulating collections of Steely Library. You can explore the collections by searching Steely Library's online catalog, NKUIRE.

The third floor Public Service Desk is located at the Plaza entrance to Steely Library. Materials can also be circulated from the first floor Public Service Desk. Videos, CD's, LP's, and related formats are handled in Media Collections, on the second floor, Room 215.

Please be prepared to identify yourself as a Gateway associate when utilizing Steely Library's services.

Contact Circulation

You can contact the Circulation Department by U.S. Mail, Phone, or Email.

     Circulation Department
     Steely Library
     Northern Kentucky University
     Highland Heights, KY 41099
     (859) 572-5457 /

Loan Periods:

Gateway faculty due dates

  • May 15
  • August 15
  • December 15 (or the following weekday if the 15th falls on a weekend)

Gateway staff -- 30 days

Media Collections -- 14 days

All other categories -- 21 days


Regularly circulating items may be renewed for one additional loan period if the item has not been requested by another patron or for reserve status.

Fines and Delinquent Loans:

For details about fines, delinquent loans and other issues, please call the third floor Public Service Desk at 859-572-5457. The supervisor on duty can help you. Please address any correspondence to the Attention of the Circulation Department. Emails may be sent to

Library Databases

Most of Steely Library's databases are available to Gateway members from the computers located within the library. Please ask about logging into the computers, at a Public Service Desk.


Parking Validation is available to Gateway members at the Steely Library third floor Public Service Desk. Please present your driver’s license or Gateway ID along with your parking garage ticket for validation.


The SourceFinder Department aids Gateway students, faculty, and staff in obtaining materials not available at Gateway Community and Technical College or Steely Library. Please check the library catalog - NKUIRE to determine if the materials you need are available before you make a SourceFinder request.

Materials can be requested through Steely Library's SourceFinder automated service by following the link and signing up for a user account. Gateway faculty and students should indicate their status as a Gateway Community College Patron in the appropriate box.

With SourceFinder you only need to enter your personal information one time - during the initial registration. After that you will be able to log into your personal SourceFinder account to make requests, view the status of your requests, renew items, and pick up your electronically delivered materials.

What kinds of things can be borrowed through SourceFinder?

  • Books
  • Articles from magazines and journals
  • Videos
  • Audio tapes
  • Microfilm and microfiche

On average, it takes SourceFinder materials 7 to 10 days to arrive. Materials that are not delivered electronically can be picked up at the third floor Public Service Desk in Steely Library.

For more information on this service, please visit the SourceFinder policy page.

Contact SourceFinder

You can contact SourceFinder by U.S. Mail, Phone, or Email.

    Steely Library ~ Suite 250
    Northern Kentucky University
    Highland Heights, KY 41099
    (859) 572-5858 /

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457