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Research guide to help locate resources for dance history

Library Services

Welcome to Alkek Library. We have books, magazines, journals, and media (streaming and on DVD) about dance for your research.

This guide is intended to introduce you to the library's resources and how to find the information you need. If you need any help with your dance research, please don't hesitate to contact me.


It is a library service that allows faculty, staff, and students to borrow items from other libraries that the Alkek Library does not own. Set up your account and use ILLIAD, the online interlibrary loan request system to request items.


Things to know:

  • It is free to use this service.
  • Typical turnaround for a
    book is 3-10 days.
  • Electronic items are quickest to arrive.
  • You'll get an email notification when your items are ready for pickup.
  • Electronic items are available for download in Illiad for 30 days.
  • Pick up print items at Alkek at the 3rd floor Checkout Desk.
  • You must log in to Illiad at least 3 days before the due date to renew print items.


Please call 512.245.3681 with any questions.

Request a card online through this TexShare Card request form or sign up in person at the Checkout Desk. 

  • Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
  • All current students and employees are eligible.
  • Cards are valid for an entire 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" attached to their records that prevent you from registering for classes, obtain transcripts or grades, etc.
  • For questions about TexShare contact the Checkout Desk at 512.245.3681 or via email

You can use the Ask Us! service for questions about library resources, research assignments or other information. We offer Chat, Text, or you can also email a question to us. Turn around for email is quick, usually w/in a few hours or by the next day if sent in after 9pm.

You can also make an online or face to face appointment with a reference librarian.  Here's more information about  individual research consultations.

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