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Albert B. Alkek Library | 512.245.3681

Alkek Library


The mission of the Albert B. Alkek Library is to help library patrons succeed by providing high-quality library services and information in a variety of formats to support the university’s teaching and research programs. The Alkek Library website — — provides 24/7 access to information about library services and resources.
A variety of print and electronic resources support the academic programs of Texas State University. The library’s collections include 1.5 million printed volumes, more than 99,000 full text e-journals, more than 228,000 purchased e-books, more than 500,000 microform or audio-visual titles, 402 databases, textbooks and curriculum materials approved by the Texas Education Agency for grades K-12, and a juvenile book collection as well as the University Archives. The Alkek Library is a selective depository for U.S. and Texas government documents. The eCommons is the institutional repository (digital archive) of scholarship produced by the faculty, students and staff of Texas State.
Alkek Library is open extensively during fall and spring semesters and 24 hours a day during final examination periods. Between sessions and during the summer, the library’s hours are shorter. For the library calendar and hours, visit
Individual research consultation sessions are available to students, faculty and staff. These sessions allow users to work one-on-one with librarians on researching topics and search strategies, as well as tips for navigating the library for a successful academic experience. Users can schedule a consultation in advance to ensure availability, preferably with at least two days’ notice, online at
The Alkek Library provides a variety of study space for students. Tables and seating areas are located on floors two through seven. Carrels and small group rooms are located on floors five, six and seven. The sixth floor is designated as a quiet study floor. Graduate students may request locking cabinets and reserved study rooms on floors five through seven on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can contact Circulation at 512.245.3681 for more information about study areas in the library, or see
Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC) Library Services is a satellite library of Alkek Library. Located in Room 255 of the Avery Building at RRHEC, library staff at this location provides one-on-one reference and circulation assistance to RRHEC faculty, students and staff. The satellite facility includes PCs, study carrels, a quiet study room and audio-visual equipment. A wireless network is available throughout the building. The RRHEC library facility includes a minimal print collection. Students have full access to the collections of the Alkek Library and may request books, videos, CDs, DVDs and other circulating materials from Alkek Library via the online request form. Materials will be delivered from Alkek to the RRHEC via a courier service that runs between San Marcos and Round Rock each business day. Users at RRHEC Library Services have access to databases available through Alkek Library, including e-books and e-journals, many of which are full text. Staff members provide individual research assistance to all Texas State students and assistance to faculty in addition to teaching instructional sessions. For more information about the RRHEC Library Services, including hours and other services, visit the RRHEC Library Services website,, or call the library at 512.716.4700.
Ask a Librarian Anytime, Anywhere
The Ask a Librarian service offers online chat/IM help during daytime and evening hours. Users can access the service by adding the Alkek IM account to their buddy lists. Ask a Librarian webpage is
Resources and Tools for Research
In addition to in-person and online consultation with librarians and library staff, students have access to variety of resources and tools that will help them to conduct research efficiently and effectively for class assignments and research projects.
Library Online Catalog
The library’s online catalog — available at — provides information on the library’s holdings and allows searching by keyword, title, author or subject as well as by material type.
Reserve Materials
Faculty members often place special materials on reserve for specific classes. These materials may be available electronically via electronic reserves or available physically in the Alkek Library. For assistance with reserve materials, visit the Reserves, Periodicals and Media Services Desk on the third floor.
Electronic Databases and Journals
Texas State faculty, students, and staff have convenient remote online access to many electronic databases and journals. Databases are listed on the library website at and are arranged by type, subject, and alphabetically by name. Databases can be searched to find research articles, government documents, conference proceedings, census materials, business and company information and much more. At the current time, the library does not provide a way to search all databases at once. Many of the database providers allow users to search multiple databases simultaneously by simply using the “search multiple databases by provider” feature on the database page.
Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, Newspapers)
Users have access to the full text of more than 56,420 unique journals via the Alkek Library, two-thirds of which are accessible anytime, anywhere.
The periodical list is a comprehensive list of all full-text periodical titles that the Alkek Library either owns or subscribes to for the Texas State community. The list consists of:
• Electronic journals that are included in the full-text databases or e-journal packages to which the library has a current subscription;
• Individual electronic journals or online journals that come free with the library’s print subscriptions (provided the publisher allows institutional access); and
• Journals and periodicals the library owns in print or microform.
The library’s periodical list allows users to search the library’s online and print holdings. This list is available at
Media Materials
The library has many special media materials including DVDs, CDs, videotapes, kits and language learning materials available for use and check out in the Reserves, Periodicals and Media Service Department located on the third floor.
Research Guides
The library website provides access to a variety of research guides for specific disciplines, subjects, and topics as well as guides for conducting research. Access to these guides is available at , and is available for all library users. These guides are created by reference/instruction librarians and will help students learn more about core resources in a specific discipline. These guides provide an excellent starting point for research and help users learn more about the library’s growing array of resources in all disciplines.
Accessing Materials in Other Libraries: TexShare and Illiad
Some student research needs may require access to items not owned by the Alkek Library. Many can be obtained from other libraries.
One way to access them is to get a TexShare card, available at the circulation desk. TexShare allows users to check out books from most college and university libraries as well as major public libraries throughout Texas. For more information about the TexShare card, contact the circulation desk at 512.245.3681. Users can request a TexShare card at
Another convenient method to get materials not owned by the Alkek Library or the RRHEC Library Services is via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), a service that is available free for Texas State faculty, students and staff. Users register and create an ILLiad account that will maintain user information and allow users to submit requests easily. The online request form is convenient and can be filled out 24/7 from anywhere.
An ILLiad account will allow users to check on the status of requests, access articles, obtain a list of materials requested and request renewals of books loaned from other libraries. Some items such as full-text articles may be delivered electronically, and other items such as books loaned from other libraries around the country or the world will be available for pick up at the circulation desk of Alkek Library or from RRHEC Library Services (for faculty and students at RRHEC). The ILL office is in the Alkek Library, Room 213. The ILL staff is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at 512.245.4893. Users can set up an ILLiad account .
Laptop Computers
and Wireless Access
Laptop computers may be checked out at the circulation desk in the Alkek Library. A user must sign an Agreement for Use of Laptop Computers and surrender his/her Texas State ID card until the computer is returned.
Users can bring their own laptops to the library and connect to the university’s secure wireless connection. For more information and policies, see
Computer Lab
The Alkek Library Computer Lab is located on the fourth floor. Open year-round, it provides Mac and PC computers running several software applications, including word processing software as well as specialized software such as sophisticated statistical analysis software. This lab provides the tools to prepare professional papers and presentations. Adaptive equipment for disabled individuals also is available on the fourth floor. To learn more about the Library Computer Lab, go to