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Government Information: Accessing Tangible Documents at the ARC

Welcome to Alkek Library's Government Information unit. This guide was created to assist researchers who might use publications or resources published by the federal or state government.

Locating and Accessing Tangible Government Documents at ARC

University Libraries at Texas State University has tangible government documents located at the Alkek Library and at the Archives and Research Center (ARC).  This page explains how to access documents located at the ARC.

Documents at the Archives and Research Center

The  Archives and Research Center (ARC) is owned by Texas State University, and it is 4.1 miles away from the Alkek Library. 

Map to Archives and Research Center


The ARC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The facility is open to the public and has a reading room where patrons may read and scan materials onsite.   There is a digital microform reader at the ARC, allowing patrons to scan the government documents microfiche collection.  Patrons may also check material out at the location. 

In addition, items from the ARC may be requested to be sent to other Texas State University library facilities at the main San Marcos campus and the Round Rock campus.

If a patron has a NetID and password, items may be requested through the online catalog.  The Request/Hold button will take you to a short form.  Periodicals and microforms have an option to request an item be scanned and sent electronically. 

If patrons do not have a NetID and password, please contact the Circulation/Reserve desk at 512-245-3681 for assistance.

Government Documents at ARC Catalog Records

You may search for federal documents located at the ARC in the library catalog by searching for Author = Federal U.S. Documents Collection and choosing the Archives and Research Center from the drop down. 

Catalog search for ARC gov docs

Federal documents located at the ARC have the locations

  • ARC U.S. Documents,
  • ARC U.S. Documents, Media
  • ARC U.S. Documents, Reference