Welcome to Texas State University! Students taking distance education classes enjoy the same library privileges as students on our main campus in San Marcos.
This guide will show you how to access many of the resources and services that Alkek Library has to offer. We hope that you will be able to use these resources to enhance your Texas State coursework.
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.
If you need help with making an ILL request or have questions about the process, call the ILL office at 512.245.4893.
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 Circulation/Reserve Desk on the main floor.