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Anyone is welcome to use the CARL collections in-house. Some restrictions apply to checking material out of the library.

To obtain a library card and check out materials, a person must be a member of the military stationed at Fort Leavenworth, a family member or a Fort Leavenworth civilian employee. Persons under the age of 18 need an adult sponsor or parent with them to obtain check-out privileges. A DOD ID card must be shown at the time of registration.

Anyone who is not a member of the Fort Leavenworth community can request permission to check out material. This request must be written and should be addressed to the library director. Approval is based on the applicability of research projects to subject matter specialties of the academic collection.

Address requests to:

Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library
Attn: Director
US Army Command & General Staff College
250 Gibbons Avenue
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-7800


Book Donations/Replacement

The Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library no longer accepts donations of books and other materials Due to changes in AR 1-100 THE ARMY GIFT PROGRAM

If you feel your potential gift is of critical research interest to the Library (rare or unique items only), please call 913-758-3058. We can explain what is needed to foreword your gift offer through proper command channels. Leave your name and contact information, along with a description or characterization of the material. You may also send this information to us by e-mail at: usarmy.leavenworth.tradoc.mbx.cgsc-carl-reference@mail.mil or by regular mail to:

ATTN: Collection Development
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library
250 Gibbons Avenue
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

Other Options for Donating Books

Please consider one of these other options for your donations:

  • local public library
  • used books stores
  • post thrift shop
  • charitable organizations such as Books for Africa or Better World Books

If you can’t donate – recycle your books, recycling is the best and most environmentally-friendly option. The City of Leavenworth operates a Recycling Center for Leavenworth residents at the Municipal Service Center, 790 Thornton. The Recycling Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Phone: (913) 364-5804

Fort Leavenworth Recycling Center is located near the horse stables on West Warehouse Road. There are also several paper recycling bins throughout Fort Leavenworth — two near the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, at the schools, near Garrison headquarters at 296 Grant Ave., or any of the 32 mixed recyclable bins on post.

Volunteering at CARL

Library volunteers play an important role as partners in the Library's mission of connecting people to the world of ideas and information. By becoming a volunteer, you are making a valuable contribution. For more information, check with the Army Volunteer Corps at 913-684-2800 or search and apply for one of the library's open volunteer positions at myarmyonesource.com.

Study Rooms

The Library offers 4 study rooms on the first floor that are available during library operating hours, on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve either the Library Learning Center or the Charles Young Room in the Library, contact the 1st floor Reference Desk – 913-758-3053.

Internet Access Policy

Internet access is provided to meet informational needs and support mission goals of the Fort Leavenworth community.

Be aware that not all information on the Internet is accurate or current. The Library is not liable for its content or for copyright violations by Internet users.

There are adult oriented resources and information which may be regarded as controversial or inappropriate. Parent or legal guardian, not the Combined Arms Research Library, is responsible for supervising children's Internet access.

Guidelines

  1. Patrons are to use Internet access on a first come, first served basis, except when mission needs take priority. Patrons are limited to use of one computer at a time.
  2. According to Joint Ethics Regulation 2-301a(2)(d), Use of Federal Government Resources. "Do not put Federal Government Communications systems to uses that would reflect adversely on DoD or the DoD Component (such as uses involving pornography; chain letters; unofficial advertising; soliciting or selling except on authorized bulletin boards established for such use;)"
  3. No time limit is set for Internet access but patrons are required to make computer available within 30 minutes after they are informed that another patron is waiting.
  4. Patrons may print information within reasonable constraints. Library recommends saving information to diskettes or cds.
  5. Misuse of Internet access or tampering with computer equipment will result in the loss of Internet access privileges.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Internet access is provided to meet informational needs and support mission goals of the Fort Leavenworth community.

Guidelines

  1. According to Joint Ethics Regulation 2-301a(2)(d), Use of Federal Government Resources. "Do not put Federal Government Communications systems to uses that would reflect adversely on DoD or the DoD Component (such as uses involving pornography; chain letters; unofficial advertising; soliciting or selling except on authorized bulletin boards established for such use)" Because access to the network is government-provided, even if the equipment is personally owned, use is governed by this regulation.
  2. Patrons will not be able to print through the wireless network.
  3. Misuse of Internet access will result in the loss of Internet access privileges.

Rules

The CARL has rules and guidelines to protect all who use the library. Library staff may require a patron to leave the premises, call the police or bar a patron from the library for noncompliance.

Basic Rules:

  1. Have fun. The library is a great place to explore.
  2. Ask questions. Questions are our specialty. If you need help, PLEASE ASK!!
  3. Be considerate. Remember there are others using the library as well.

Alcohol/Drugs:

Alcohol or illegal drugs may not be brought into the library, nor may persons under the influence of either use the library.

Animals:

Only animals trained to assist disabled individuals are permitted in the library.

Closing Time:

Please leave the library promptly at closing time.

Disorderly Conduct:

Disorderly conduct is not acceptable. Disorderly conduct is (1) brawling or fighting; (2) disturbing an assembly; or (3) engaging in offensive, obscene, abusive, boisterous, harassing, or noisy actions or using offensive, obscene, or abusive language which may harass or arouse alarm, anger, or resentment in others.

Dress:

Shoes or sandals and shirts should be worn in the library.

Emergencies:

When the alarm sounds, please follow staff directions promptly.

Food/Beverages:

Food or beverages may be brought into the library. Eating or drinking is not allowed while using library materials or working on the computers. You are responsible for disposing of your trash and if an accident does occur please contact a staff member for assistance if needed.

Language:

Offensive or abusive language is not acceptable.

Noise:

The library is a quiet environment. Audible use of radios, CD players, or other electronic devices is not allowed in the library.

Running:

For the safety of all patrons, please do not run in the library.

Skateboards and In-Line Skates:

Carry skateboards and remove skates while in the library.

Smoking/Chewing Tobacco:

The use of all forms of tobacco is prohibited in the library.

Staff Areas:

The public is not permitted behind the public service desks or in other non-public areas.

Telephone:

Please limit use of the public telephone to three minutes if someone is waiting. Staff will make one call for a patron in an emergency if the public telephone is not available.

Theft/Damage to Property:

Persons intentionally damaging and/or defaces materials, furnishings, equipment or premises, or attempts theft, the library reserves the right to bar them from the facility and the Fort Leavenworth Military Police will be called. Clipping coupons, cutting articles out of magazines, removing pages from any books or magazines, hacking or altering computer settings, writing on, scratching or in any way damaging materials, furniture, or premises are included in this policy.

Theft Detection System (Security Gates):

If the security gates sound an alarm as you exit, you must return to the checkout desk to verify that staff handled the materials properly.

Unattended Children:

The Combined Arms Research Library facilities are designed for use by members of the Fort Leavenworth community, which includes all assigned military, students, faculty, staff, family members, contractors, and visitors. The CARL welcomes and encourages children to use its facilities, materials, programs and services while accompanying a parent or adult caregiver. Parents or adult caregivers should be aware that the library's collection of materials and unfiltered Internet access is designed to meet the research and curricular needs of its primary users, adults. Children under the age of six are not allowed to use the computers.

Parents and legal guardians are reminded, however, that libraries are open, public buildings and the well being and safety of young children left alone or unattended is a matter of concern. For these reasons, parents or adult caregivers must recognize their responsibilities for the safety and security of children in their care.

In accordance with Fort Leavenworth, CAC Policy 1405 - Supervision of Children, and in order to provide for the general welfare of children, and for the benefit of all those using the Library, the following rules are in effect:

  1. Children under 10 must be under the supervision of an adult* who assumes responsibility for him or her while in the Library. (*an adult is defined to be a person who is at least age 18.) If the responsible individual cannot be located in the building, the proper authorities will be contacted to assume responsibility for the child.
  2. Parents and adults must monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the library and are responsible for any damage to property done by the child.
  3. Any patron creating a disturbance, regardless of age, will be asked to leave the library. If the person involved is underage, and parents or guardian can not be reached, Military Police will be called to take custody of him/her.
  4. It may be necessary for a library to close, without prior notice, due to unusual or emergency situations. Unaccompanied children 18 years and younger who cannot transport themselves must be able to reach a parent or responsible caregiver for immediate pick-up in case of emergency.
  5. If a child is left unattended in the library or in the event of an emergency situation, staff will attempt to notify parents or guardian, and then notify Military Police. The Library assumes no liability for unaccompanied children.
  6. Military Police will also be notified if an unaccompanied child is in the Library at closing [staff on duty should remain in the building with the child until she/he is picked up by an officer]. Staff members will not transport a child nor will a child be allowed to sit in a staff person's car.

Frequently Asked Questions


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Who can use the library?

Anyone is welcome to use the CARL collections in-house. Some restrictions apply to checking material out of the library. Please refer to our library About CARL page. If you are a distance education student, please check our Distance Education FAQs at http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/cgsc/carl/information/distance.asp

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Where is the Combined Arms Research Library?

The library is located on the historic Army post of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The library overlooks picturesque Smith Lake, where migratory waterfowl winter each year, and commands a beautiful view of the Buffalo Soldiers Monument. The address is:

  • Combined Arms Research Library
  • Eisenhower Hall
  • 250 Gibbons Ave
  • Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-7800

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What type of books or materials does your library have?

In addition to being the academic library for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the CARL is also the public library for Fort Leavenworth. The CARL provides materials and services to the Fort Leavenworth community residents to support their informational, educational, professional, and recreational needs.

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How long do materials check out?

Please refer to our library Circulation page.

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Is your library catalog available over the internet?

Yes. The catalog is available at: CARL Catalog.

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When is the library open?

Please refer to the library hours of operation and calendar.

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Can we renew books by phone?

Yes, materials can also be renewed in person or online by using your library card.

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How do I look up a MMAS Thesis or SAMS Monograph done by a CGSC student?

The digits of unclassified thesis or monographs are available in CARL's digital library at http://cdm16040.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/. If you do not see an item you are looking for contact the CARL at 913-758-3138.

The papers may also be searched through the Defence Technical Information Center (DTIC) Scientific and Technical Information Network (STINET) database at http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/search/tr/str/guided-tr.html.

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How can I locate my relative's military personnel records?

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the official repository for records of discharged military personnel. Paper copies of military service and pension records held may be ordered from the facility which holds the records, either the National Archives in Washington, DC or the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, MO. Please see this website for further information: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/.

The report Military Service Records and Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources from the Congressional Research Services provides information on locating military unit histories and individual service records of discharged, retired, and deceased military personnel. It includes contact information for military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications. For the report go to: http://assets.opencrs.com/rpts/RS21282_20091216.pdf.

The CARL also has some other resources that may assist in locating military service information. Please call the CARL at 913-758-3138 for more information.

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Where can I find a history of the unit I served in?

CARL has some military unit histories (check the CARL Catalog). To search for military unit histories on other web sites try the following:

  • The Center of Military History (CMH) at http://www.history.army.mil/ enlists the help of Army historians which maintain the organizational history of Army units, allowing the Center to provide units of the Regular Army, the Army National Guard, and the Army Reserve with certificates of their lineage and honors and other historical material concerning their organizations. The Center also determines the official designations for Army units and works with the Army Staff during force reorganizations to preserve units with significant histories, as well as unit properties and related historical artifacts.
  • The Military History Institute (a branch of the Army Heritage and Education Center) is a library, archive and research facility that deals in the main with military history and strategic studies. Since its inception in 1967, the institute has collected, preserved and made available for study documents and materials pertinent to the history of the U.S. Army.
  • Neither the library nor the two organizations above maintain personnel records or unit operational records. Personnel records are maintained at National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, while operational records are maintained at the National Archives and Records Administration in the DC area.

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How do I get materials from other libraries?

CARL participates in interlibrary loan. The CARL also lends to other libraries. Call or stop by to talk with a reference librarian for assistance. 913-758-3053 or visit the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) page.

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Do you have language CDs or Tapes?

Yes, to find books, CDs or tapes do a subject search in our Online Catalog

The library also subscribes to Mango Languages online and has a limited number of seats in Rosetta Stone for our patrons. Please contact the Reference Staff at 913-758-3053 for more information.

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Do you have microfiche/microfilm reader/printers?

Yes. Stop by the Reference desk for assistance.

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Do you have a digital sender or scanner available for use?

Yes. Stop by the Reference desk for assistance.

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Do you have tax forms in the Library?

No. The CARL does not receive Federal or State Tax Forms. Federal and State Tax Forms are available on the Internet at the following links: Federal Tax Forms -- Kansas Tax Forms -- Missouri Tax Forms -- Other State Tax Forms

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What if I fail to return an item that I checked out?

In accordance with AR 735-17, Accounting for Library Materials, failure to respond to recall notices or overdue notices within the time limits specified and/or failure to pay for materials lost by the borrower may result in suspension of library privileges to include borrowing of further materials, use of databases and other services. Library privileges are restored after recalled or overdue items are returned or restitution is made for lost items. Also see Circulation page for more information.

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What do I need to do if I have lost or damaged library material?

The borrower is responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged Library materials. Please do not attempt to repair the material. Please contact the Circulation Department via email, stop by the library or call 913-758-3005 before you purchase a replacement for the lost or damaged item. See our Book Donations/Replacement page for more information.

Before checking out library materials

Bring prior damage to the attention of the check out desk as soon as noticed to avoid being charged:

  • Missing pages or inserts (such as disks)
  • Broken spine
  • Dried water stains
  • Pen or highlighter marks
  • Torn pages

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Can I keep the damaged book after paying for it, and what happens to the damaged book?

You are purchasing a replacement for the damaged book. You are not buying a damaged book. Damaged items remain U.S. government property and by regulation must be disposed of in the same way as other items withdrawn from the collection.

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Unattended Children under 10

The Combined Arms Research Library facilities are designed for use by members of the Fort Leavenworth community, which includes all assigned military, students, faculty, staff, family members, contractors, and visitors. The CARL welcomes and encourages children to use its facilities, materials, programs and services while accompanying a parent or adult caregiver. Parents or adult caregivers should be aware that the library's collection of materials and unfiltered Internet access is designed to meet the research and curricular needs of its primary users, adults.

Children under the age of six are not allowed to use the computers.

Parents and legal guardians are reminded, however, that libraries are open, public buildings and the well-being and safety of young children left alone or unattended is a matter of concern. For these reasons, parents or adult caregivers must recognize their responsibilities for the safety and security of children in their care.

In accordance with Fort Leavenworth, CAC Policy 1405-Supervision of Children, and in order to provide for the general welfare of children, and for the benefit of all those using the Library, the following rules are in effect:

  1. Children under 10 must be under the supervision of an adult* who assumes responsibility for him or her while in the Library. (*an adult is defined to be a person who is at least age 18.) If the responsible individual cannot be located in the building, the proper authorities will be contacted to assume responsibility for the child.
  2. Parents and adults must monitor all activities and behavior of their children while they are in the library and are responsible for any damage to property done by the child.
  3. Any patron creating a disturbance, regardless of age, will be asked to leave the library. If the person involved is underage, and parents or guardian cannot be reached, Military Police will be called to take custody of him/her.
  4. It may be necessary for a library to close, without prior notice, due to unusual or emergency situations. Unaccompanied children 18 years and younger who cannot transport themselves must be able to reach a parent or responsible caregiver for immediate pick-up in case of emergency.
  5. f a child is left unattended in the library or in the event of an emergency situation, staff will attempt to notify parents or guardian, and then notify Military Police. The Library assumes no liability for unaccompanied children.
  6. Military Police will also be notified if an unaccompanied child is in the Library at closing [staff on duty should remain in the building with the child until she/he is picked up by an officer]. Staff members will not transport a child nor will a child be allowed to sit in a staff person's car.

CARL's Archives

To visit and research CARL's archives, please view the policies in this PDF.