Performing Arts Library

Performing Arts Library

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The Performing Arts Library supports the specialized teaching, learning, and research needs of KSU’s School of Music, Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, and the Department of Dance. It provides convenient access to music scores, play scripts, arts reference materials, and media items and playback equipment. Access to the Sturgis Library’s collection of arts-oriented digital resources is available from the PAL’s computer terminals. Focused instruction is available to individuals and classes in locating and using print, electronic and media resources.

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Note: Library hours subject to change. Call to confirm hours.

Joe Mack Wilson Building (Building #31), Room 246



The Performing Arts Library at Kennesaw State University came into being in the late 1980s, shortly after the completion of the Joe Mack Wilson building. Musical scores, music media items, and a small number of music related books from an already existing music collection residing in the Sturgis Library were relocated to the Wilson Building in order to be closer to the campus music teaching unit. Later, items relevant to the needs of the Theatre and Performance Studies Department were added to the collection.

Since its inception, collaborative relationships among the College of the Arts, the Sturgis Library, the School of Music, and the Theatre and Performance Studies Department have allowed the Performing Arts Library to evolve into a valuable resource for performing, teaching, and research. These entities have worked together to provide conveniently accessible resources, physical space, equipment, a relevant collection, and trained personnel to provide for student and faculty needs.


  • Steve Burton

    Steve Burton

    Arts Librarian
    Steve Burton came to Kennesaw State University in the spring of 2008 following a career in church music. Originally from suburban Nashville, TN, Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in music education (vocal) from the University of Tennessee—Knoxville and later completed the Master of Church Music degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY where he majored in conducting and church music.
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    Influential teachers were Ambrose Holford and Donald Neuen at Tennessee and Donald Hustad, Milburn Price, and Archie Kliewer at Southern Seminary. He served churches of various denominations in Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Georgia as minister of music, leading and administering choral and instrumental programs with participants ranging in age from pre-school to senior adult. Steve has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the ASO Chamber Chorus, and as a staff singer at Atlanta’s Cathedral of St. Philip (Episcopal), where he was also interim director of the Parish Choir.

    In the spring of 2007, Steve completed the Master of Library and Information Science degree at Valdosta State University. While involved in library studies, he worked for the Cobb County Public Library System.

    In October 2008, Steve was named Arts Librarian, serving as liaison between College of the Arts programs and the University’s Sturgis Library. He sees his mission as helping connect students, faculty, and staff with the information they need, while helping them to become more proficient and independent in locating resources on their own.

    Contact Steve Burton | | 770-499-3167

  • Carey Huddleston

    Carey Huddlestun

    Cataloger and public services assistant
    Carey Huddlestun is cataloger and public services assistant in the Performing Arts Library. After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Music Education, Carey worked as a choral director / music educator in public schools throughout Georgia.
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    In addition, he has worked as a church musician for approximately twenty-five years. Currently, Carey is working towards a master of library and information science degree which he expects to complete in December of 2013

  • Sadeline (Maddy) Scott

    Madeline (Maddy) Scott

    Student assistant
    This is Madeline (Maddy) Scott's first semester as a student assistant in the Performing Arts Library. She is a sophomore vocal performance major and says she is "really loving it." Maddy is in several ensembles on campus and is exploring her love of opera. She plans to continue singing for many years to come.


The following equipment is available for student use:
Four Macintosh computers equipped with Internet access, Microsoft Office, and Finale Reader. The computers can be used to play CDs and DVDs. PAL computers also host audio files from School of Music concerts and recitals

Owl Print station for student printing from the computers ($.10 per page) with money deposited to KSU ID card

Turntable and amplifier for playing LPs

CD player, DVD player, VHS player and video monitors

Mini DV/HD/DVD player/burner for viewing in-house School of Music recordings and burning them to DVD We serve as the check-out/return center for School of Music Instruments for instrumental methods and techniques classes.

Photocopier ($.10 per page) copies with money deposited to KSU ID card

Wireless Internet access with wireless printing

Reserve boxes for assigned reading

PAL Equipment (faculty)
The PAL houses a Scantron machine for faculty use.

Circulation Policies

Students, faculty and staff must present a valid university ID for any library transaction.

Fines and Fees
- Books and Scores: $.25 per day; Maximum $3 per item.

- Library account is blocked when fines/fees reach $6.00.

- Students are financially responsible for lost or damaged items.

- All fines and fees must be paid at the Sturgis Library Circulation desk.

- All items are subject to having holds or recalls placed against them.