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Online Library Catalog
To find books available in the University Libraries, use the Library Catalog.
Tips for Finding Books
Types of Searches
- Combine terms using AND.
- This search returns records that contain words that match exactly what you typed in.
- This is often (but not always) the best place to start.
- Catalog uses pre-defined subjects.
- This type of search works well if you are browsing for a particular subject that you know or a broad term. So if you aren't finding anything, switch to the keyword search instead.
- Subjects are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system.
- Author searches are for looking for items a particular person has authored or written.
- The library catalog works best if you type in searches in the format "Lastname, Firstname."
- If you want books about a person, search for their name by subject.
- Use this search if you know the title of the material that you want.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
is a Library lending service available to current TxState students and
employees. ILL borrows items from other libraries that the Alkek
Library does not own. Use ILLIAD, the online interlibrary loan request system, to order your ILL items.
It is free to use this service. Typical turnaround for a book is 1-2 weeks. If articles are found in electronic format, requests can be sent to you via.
Contact & Pick-up Info:
Items can be picked up at the Checkout Desk on the 3rd floor.
Please call 512.245.4893 or email with additional questions.
Request a card online through this TexShare card 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
Understanding Call Numbers
Understanding Call number order
Library of Congress call numbers should be read one line at a time as follows:
Example of a complete call number, DA 36 .A55:
- First, look at Line 1:
- Books are arranged in alphabetical order, by the letters on the first line of the call number.
- Example: first come all the D call numbers, then all the DA call numbers, then DB, etc.
- Next, look at Line 2:
- Within the DA call numbers, books are arranged in number order.
- The numbers are arranged in numerical from low to high.
- Then look at Line 3:
- Line 3 of the call number has a letter and a number. The letters are in alphabetical order. Then read the numbers-but BEWARE!
- The numbers are not WHOLE numbers, they are DECIMAL numbers.
- Example: A55 is read as A .55 - this is why A55 comes before A6 (A .55, A .6, A .65, etc.)