At the end of this section you will be able to:
| Identify the main services at Alkek Library available to you.
|Identify the types of information sources Alkek Library Provides.
|Know how to get research help from librarians.|
Checking out Books
Most books and videos can be checked-out of the Library. Bring the items you want to check out to the main floor Circulation Desk (512.245.3681).
Alkek Library has....
More than 1.5 million books
The limit for how many books you can check out is 100 items.
The 3rd floor houses two skeletons (replicas) in addition to other replica body parts, test kits, and other media
The oldest book in the library is a copy of La Relacion by Cabeza de Vaca, published in Valladolid, Spain, in 1555. You can read it online here: http://alkek.library.txstate.edu/swwc/cdv/index.html
What do you like most about Alkek Library?
Search the library catalog for print resources, ebooks, movies, and more!
The library catalog is a type of database, so you can use the same search strategies you would use in a database, including "phrase searching," Boolean operators, and truncation.
Each item in the library's collection has its own catalog record, like the one below.
Here you can see the item's location and call number and also its status. If it says AVAILABLE, the item should be on the shelf.
2nd Floor (Main Floor) Second Floor Map
Reference Desk--Get in-person help here. You can get help from a librarian via chat, email, in-person, by phone (512.245.2686) or by text (512.549.2032)
Circulation & Reserves Desk
Workstations and Printers
3rd Floor Third Floor Map
Media, Kits, Models, & Language Collections
Newspapers, Magazines, Journals & Microfilm/fiche
4th Floor Fourth Floor Map
Computer Lab & Laptop Checkout
Government Information/Maps/Curriculum Materials
Floors 5-7 (also called "The Stacks")