You can use the Ask a Librarian 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.
Log in to ILLiad with your NetID username and password to make an Interlibrary Loan request to borrow items from another library.
This service is free to CURRENTLY enrolled Texas State students and employees.
Typical turnaround for a book is 2 weeks, and pick up and return is at the 3rd floor Checkout Desk.
Turnaround time for articles varies depending on format (hard copy or electronic) but averages 2 to 3 days. Log in to ILLiad to retrieve your electronic article copy.
Faculty & Graduate students can request articles from Alkek's print journal collection sent electronically using ILLiad.
Texshare cards allow you borrowing privileges at many local libraries, including the following participating libraries.
Request a card online through this TexShare Card request form or sign up in person at the Checkout Desk. Materials must be returned to the same library from which they were borrowed.
You can use the Worldcat database to look up items and see which libraries in Texas own them.
Are you in between semesters? You can also get a Texshare card from your local public library. Typically Texshare cards from public libraries are valid for a year.
Alkek Library now delivers electronic copies of articles from our print journal collection right to your desktop. This service, called Faculty Article Delivery Service or FADS, is available to faculty at either the San Marcos or Round Rock locations. Graduate Article Delivery Service or GrADS, is available to graduate students at either the San Marcos or Round Rock locations.
Here's how to request an article through FADS or GrADS:
Call the ILL department at 512-245-4893. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Browzine is a way for you to browse online journals from Alkek, create virtual bookshelves with your favorite journals, and access online journal articles from Alkek on your phone or tablet using the Browzine app (iOS, Android, & Kindle). You can also access Browzine on the web.
Kanopy is like an academic version of Netflix...with plenty (about 10k in all) of independent movies, documentaries, and 319 Criterion Collection films. And you can watch it on your Roku, iOS, or Android device.
Drama Online is a comprehensive database with hundreds of full-text plays combined with critical analysis, contextual information, biographies, and genres. Search for plays by theme, setting, time period or genre. Also includes a Monologue finder and ability to search by number of roles for men and women or unisex. Subscription includes Includes Nick Hern Book collection; and video collections Globe on Screen, Stage on Screen, Maxine Peake as Hamlet, and Patsy Rodenburg acting masterclass.
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