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This guide will provide information about library services and research assistance for students in Texas State University classes at a distance


You'll find information about how to find books, search for articles, and about the many services Alkek has to offer you.  Alkek Librarians are available to help you via Ask-A-Librarian.

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    Getting started...

    Texas State students taking classes at a distance can access library resources and services through links on this page or from Alkek Library's webpage.

    Using your Texas State NetID and password, you will be able to access library resources from off campus.

    Welcome! Library services for Distance Education at Texas State University

    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-h

    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.

    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 Circulation/Reserve Desk on the main 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 Circulation/Reserve Desk at 512.245.3681 or via email.