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Poetry: Home

Research guide for the study of poetry

April: National Poetry Month

The Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996. Along the way [they] enlisted a variety of government agencies and officials, educational leaders, publishers, sponsors, poets, and arts organizations to help.


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.

Lunch Poems @ Alkek

Lunch Poems @ Alkek was inspired by the book "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara. Attendees will have the opportunity to discover new poems and poets (or listen to old favorites) over lunch. The Library will host Lunch Poems each long semester, focusing on various themes as they intersect with poetry.

Poets Laureate

Carol Coffee Reposa

Carol Coffee Reposa, 2018 Poet Laureate of Texas

Photo Credit: Jasmina Wellinghoff

Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle, Young People's Poet Laureate

Photo Credit: Cybele Knowles; Follow @YPPLaureate

Interlibrary Loan-v

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.