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Genealogy: Services & Info

Genealogy resources

How to use this Guide

This guide was developed to help you start researching your family history. Each of the tabs above have information about different types of library resources and services. There is also a link to my chatbox and email form for questions you may have.

Floor Directory

First Floor (basement level):  

Student lounge and open workstations, Room 100
Instructional Technology offices and classrooms — 512.245.2319
Library rooms 101 & 105/106

Second Floor (Main entrance/exit):  

Circulation / Reserve Desk — 512.245.3681
      Fax machine; Interlibrary Loan pick up; Pick up color printing; Lost & Found; Guard
Research & Information Desk — 512.245.2686
      Computers; Printers; Popular Reading Collection; Open Theater; Café; Scanner; Copier
Associate Vice-President, University Librarian, Room 204 — 512.245.2133

Third Floor:

Periodicals & Media Desk — 512.245.3894

Current and bound periodicals (1960-current); microfilm/microfiche; DVDs; Language Learning CDs;Models; Kits; Graphic Novels; Secured Collections; Juvenile Collection; TCMC K-12 Textbook Collection; Scholastic Guided Reading; Testing Collection; Reference Collection; Career and Business Collections

Research, Instruction & Outreach Department — 512.245.3893
University Copyright Office — 512.245.1090

Fourth Floor:

Computer Lab and open workstations — 512.245.2106
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GIS Services — 512.245.3216
Government Information Desk — 512.245.3686
Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC) — 512.245.2515
Collaboration Center 480 a & b (reserve a room)

Fifth, Sixth, & Seventh Floors:

All books; older bounds periodicals dated 1959 and older — (books and periodicals shelved by call number)
    5th floor (Quiet Study) — (A-J) & University Archives (
    6th floor (Quiet Study) — (K-Q) 
    7th floor —  (R-Z) & The Wittliff Collections — 512.245.2313

Library Hours — 512.245.2187

* Library  Building Hours vary over interim, holidays, final exams, mini-session. 

Service Point Hours also vary from Library Building Hours: Research & Information Desk, The Wittliff Collections, SLAC, Library Computer Lab, Government Information, Instructional Technologies, RRHEC Library, Schneider Music Library.

Group and individual study rooms are available on 5th, 6th, and 7th floors. Reservable group study rooms are located on the 5th floor.

Photocopiers are located on floors 2 and 3. Copiers accept change only-15 cents per page

FREE scanner station available on Floors 2, 3, and 4 with the capability to save scanned material to a flash drive or send as a PDF email attachment.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free lending service available to current Texas State students and employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that Alkek Library does not own such as journal articles, books, DVDs, CDs—anything you might need for your research.

Use the online Interlibrary Loan request system ILLiad to order your ILL items. Enter as much information as you know about the item you need, and the ILL staff will try to track it down.

Depending on the type of item you're requesting, turnaround times vary—to be safe, plan to wait a few business days for an article and at least a week for a book.

Contact & Pick-up Info: Items can be picked up at the 3rd floor Checkout Desk. Please call 512-245-4893 or email with additional questions.

Ask a Librarian

Use the Ask a Librarian service for questions about library resources, research assignments or other information. We offer chat and text, or you can email your question.

You may also make an online or face-to-face appointment with a subject librarian. Learn more about individual research consultations.


Request a TexShare card through this request form or sign up at the Checkout Desk on the 3rd  floor.

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
  • All current Texas State students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for 1 long semester.
  • Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
  • You are responsible for any charges for lost or damaged materials. 
  • Students that do not return items will have "holds" placed on their records. This will prevent you from registering for classes, obtaining transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Checkout Desk at 512.245.3681 or via email.