Library Services

Kettering University Library

Located on the second floor of the Academic Building, the Library has a collection of over 196,231 items of print and non-print materials, with 44,181 periodical titles. The Library Mission focuses on service. “In support of Kettering University’s mission, goals, and curriculum, the library and archives serve the university community by providing resources and services to facilitate quality teaching, learning, and research.”

Library Catalog

Kettering University Library is a member of PALnet, an academic resource sharing library network. Searches in the library catalog can be expanded to reveal the holdings of Kettering University Library and cooperative members, Mott Community College and Baker College. For more information, or for assistance using the catalog, call 810-762-9598, or email:


Materials purchased for the library collection are to support the curriculum of Kettering University. Leisure reading material, fiction, newspapers, magazines, eBooks, and video games are also available. Special attention has been given to include the publications of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), American Chemical Society (ACS), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), American Mathematical Society (AMS), and proceedings for many curriculum-related societies. Access and storage for student theses is another important part of the collection.

Hours/Loan Information

The library is open seven days a week, with reference assistance available most of those hours. During final exam week, the library hours are extended. Changes in hours are posted on the sign just outside the library entrance and on the webpage. A drop box is located near the library entrance for item returns when the library is closed.

Some helpful library telephone numbers include:

Phone Number Contact
810-762-7814Circulation Desk
810-762-9841Interlibrary Loan
810-762-9598Reference Desk
800-955-4464Kettering University Toll-free Number

While the library is open to the public for use during all of its hours of operation, circulation of library material is restricted to Kettering University students, faculty, staff, alumni, corporate sponsor employers, donors to the Friends of the Library and Archives (FOLA) members. Students, faculty and staff may renew material twice, by phone, online, or in person. The standard loan period for Kettering University Library materials is 30 days. Course reserves (e-Reserves) are available on Blackboard. Photo ID cards serve as library cards and must be presented when checking out materials. The library has 16 computer work stations and wireless connectivity (WiFi). Two Xerox multi-function devices (MFDs) provide copying, printing, and email scanning in both black and white and color. The MFDs also have the ability to scan to and print from USB storage devices and send/receive faxes. There are several new tablets and e-readers, a Karma mobile hotspot, a TI-84 graphing calculator, and a laptop available for checkout. A 27" Apple Macintosh computer is available for student audio and video projects and is preloaded with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Flash. There is a charging station which can charge almost any phone or mobile device.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not owned by the Kettering University Library can usually be obtained through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Resource sharing is available to students, faculty and staff. In addition to local reciprocal agreements, the library uses a world-wide database of library holdings to locate requested material. Interlibrary Loan is not a free service, but most requests are filled free of charge. The library absorbs many of the costs which can include lender fees, postage, and copyright permissions. In cases where the total per item charge exceeds $50, the requesting party will be asked to pay any amount exceeding the $50 limit. ILL staff will seek approval before proceeding with the request. For our students, faculty and staff, other reciprocal agreements are available among the Flint-area academic libraries. Please contact a Librarian or ILL Technician for assistance with your request.

Database Access

The Library subscribes to various multi-disciplinary databases that house academic journals, newspaper and magazine articles, technical papers, conference proceedings and standards. Access is available 24/7 for all students, both on campus and off. Popular society subscriptions include the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


Equipment or database assistance is available on an individual basis. Exposure to general and specialized library resources is also provided through instructor-requested tours and classroom presentations.

Kettering University Archives

The University Archives is located on the main floor of the Campus Center. The archives document America’s industrial and business heritage with particular interest in the American automobile industry, the city of Flint, and the history of Kettering University. The Charles Kettering Collection is one of the largest collections in the archives and has been used by scholars worldwide. The archives’ digital photo collection now exceeds 100,000 images. A collection of 375,000 vehicle patents are also found in the archives. A partial online catalog along with digitized photos can be found on the archives website. The archives can be contacted at 810-762-9661.