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Library Collections on 3rd Floor: Home

Library Collections - The 3rd Floor of Alkek Library

The 3rd floor of the Albert B. Alkek Library has more than just library books!  In fact, some very unique library collections are found there: audiobooks, anatomy models and skeletons, braille, bound and current periodicals (magazines and academic journals), CDs, DVDs, games, graphic novels, kits, language learning resources, microfiche and microfilm, newspapers, secured materials, slides, and toys.  All of these library materials are available for you to use in the library, and many can be checked out for longer loan periods and taken out of the library.

At the Checkout Desk on 3rd floor, there are also headphones, calculators, full-sized skeletons, the Secured Collection, and Reserve that can be accessed by requesting items from staff at the desk as well.  If you want to checkout a DVD, CD, language learning disc, or an audio book, you must check it out at the Checkout Desk. You can checkout items from the 3rd floor library collections or from the general library book collection from other floors at the Checkout Desk too.

Our library staff can help you locate, operate, and check out materials that you find in this LibGuide. 

If you have questions, please call the Checkout Desk at 512-245-3681.


Newspapers (daily/weekly editions) : Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Hays Free Press, New York Times, San Marcos Daily Record, Suddeutsche Zeitung, University Star, and the Wall Street Journal.

Periodicals are sometimes called journals or magazines.  In the Current Periodicals Collection, there are popular magazines, peer-reviewed journals, and scholarly articles.

Testing Collection

The Testing Collection includes books and guides on tests, measurements, and assessments for a variety of clinical and other subject fields.  These materials are located on the 3rd floor of the library.  For more information about the collection and searching for related materials, see Tests & Measurements LibGuide.

Juvenile Collection Materials

There are thousands and thousands of Juvenile books in the library collection located on 3rd floor.  The collection includes non-fiction, fiction, poetry, DIY, graphic novel, audiobooks, braille, picture book titles, and many other categories.  See the Juvenile Literature LibGuide for more information about the collection and how to locate specific materials.

Not only does the library have a large collection of Juvenile literature, there is a section just for oversized Juvenile Big Books

TCMC (Texas Curriculum Materials Center) K-12 materials are found on the 3rd floor of the library next to the Juvenile Collection. These materials are used in Texas K-12 schools, and can be checked out from the library.


The Braille Collection has many classic novels and versions of the Bible. 

DVD Collection

Trivia Question:  How many DVDs are in the library collection that are available for checkout?  The answer is over 14,000!  Whether you want to watch a popular movie, classic film, documentary, tv show, or study educational materials, this collection has it all - including Game of Thrones, all of The Fast and the Furious movies, Project Runway, and Family Guy.

Graphic Novels

The Graphic Novels collection has comics, series, large format books, manga, and more.  Learn how to search for graphic novels in the collection, see new novels added to the collection, and view profiles of well known graphic novel authors.

The Manga Collection has many popular series including Attack on Titan, Cowboy Bebop, and Naruto.

Toy Collection

In this collection you'll find puppets, toys, and other materials used for play and bibliotherapy.  The library even has a puppet stage and a doll house!  For book, databases,and other library materials see the Bibliotherapy & Play Therapy LibGuide.