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Reference Material in the form of subject dictionaries, encyclopedias, and handbooks typically provide background essays, definitions, broad overviews of various topics, or other pertinent facts.


                                                                                                                                          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 ILLiad, the online Interlibrary Loan request, 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.

Contact & Pick-up Info: 512.408.3996 or email with additional questions. Items can be picked up at the Ask Alkek Desk on the main floor of Alkek Library if you're on the main campus and at the Information Desk if you're at the Round Rock Campus Library.
Related Services

Scanning Request: The University Libraries will scan and deliver chapters and articles from its print resources. Current Texas State students, faculty, and staff are eligible to use this service. We will scan chapters and articles only (max. 50 pages). We cannot scan entire books or journal issues. Limit: 1 request per person per day. Please allow three (3) working days for processing. Library staff will deliver an electronic file via ILLiad or via email.

TexShare: A TexShare card is free for all current Texas State students and employees and provides borrowing privileges at Participating Libraries.