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ENG 1320: Ellis-Lai: Library Information

This course guide is for Laura Ellis-Lai's ENG 1320 College Writing II class.

Guide to Alkek Library Floors

What will be found on each floor of Alkek Library:


2nd Floor

Second Floor Map

Reference Desk

  • This is where you go to get help with research.

Circulation Desk

  • Check out books and other materials.
  • Pick up Interlibrary Loan items and get aTexshare card.
  • Clear holds on your account or pay fines.

Workstations and Printers

  • Access Internet and Microsoft production software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and etc.) on all but a few of the computers.
  • If you have problems printing, there is a printer help station or you can ask for help at the Reference desk.

 3rd Floor

Third Floor Map

Reserve, Periodicals, and Media Desk

  • Print copies of reserve items (books, old tests, articles, etc.).
  • DVDs, CDs, and other types of materials like 3-D objects.
  • You can check the Reserves collection to see if something is on reserve. Search by course or professor's last name.

Newspapers, Current Magazines and Journals

  • Current issues shelved alphabetically by title of periodical.
  • Older issues are bound together by volume or replaced by microfilm/fiche.
  • Older Periodicals (1960-Present)

Microfilm/fiche and Readers

KIC Scanner

  • Scan, then email or save articles, book chapters etc.

4th Floor

Fourth Floor Map

Computer Lab

  • The Computer Lab provides both PC and Macintosh hardware, with a more extensive software collection than most computers on most Library computers.  Software includes Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and SPSS. 
  • You'll need to check in at the Computer Lab desk and leave your student ID.

Government Information/Maps/Curriculum Materials

  • Alkek Library is a Federal and State depository for government documents.
  • The area has lots of good stuff, like maps, and the special map printer/plotter.
  • It's also where you can check out textbooks used in the Texas public schools (elementary and high school).


Floors 5, 6, & 7

  • Most of the books and other materials you can check out of the library are on these floors.
  • Individual & group study rooms are also available on these floors.
  • The 5th & 6th floors are designated as the "quiet floors." 

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