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Library: Faculty

Services for Faculty

Abell Library offers a variety of services to the Austin College community.

Services available to faculty include: 

Click here for contact information for librarians and library staff members if you have questions about any of the library services listed above.

NOTE: Some of the services listed here are also available to students (such as Interlibrary Loan and TexShare cards). See Student Services for more information. 

Library Instruction

Librarians can instruct your classes on how to use and evaluate print and electronic resources available through the library. Please review the information on the Request Library Instruction page (including our Library Instruction Menu for the various instruction options available), and contact Andrew Smith (Instruction Librarian) with any questions you may have. Of course, you may request specialized instruction for a particular course and/or assignment if the options listed on the menu do not address your needs. Classroom facilities are available in the library, or we can come to your classroom.

Room Scheduling

Following is a list of the rooms/spaces available for use in the library. Once you have determined which space will work best for your class or meeting, please contact Donna Flatt (unless otherwise noted) to check for availability and to reserve the room*. (You may also view and/or add the room scheduling calendars to your Outlook by following the directions located here).

*NOTE: The Abell Computer Classroom (AB 116) must be reserved via the Registrar's Office; contact Cathy Raines via email (or call phone extension 2373) to check for availability and reserve this space.


Abell Computer Classroom - Rm 116

Location: 1st floor of library, NW corner

Features: instructional computer workstation with overhead projector, projection screen, and secondary large LCD display, 30 student computer workstations, and a white board.

(NOTE: This space must be reserved via the Registrar's Office; contact Cathy Raines via email or phone extension 2373.)

Large Presentation Area

Location: 1st floor of library, directly behind the atrium

Features: a versatile, open space with dual large-screen LCD monitors configured for presentational use with a laptop, along with comfortable seating for groups of up to 20. Ideal for a small class or seminar.

Instructional Computer Classroom - Rm 208

Location: 2nd floor of library, to the right of the stairwell

Features: instructional computer workstation w/ overhead projector, 25 student computer workstations, printer, and a small mobile white board.

Conference Room - Rm 209

Location: 2nd floor of library, to the right of the stairwell

Features: large oval table that seats up to 12 (along with space for additional seating), and a small stationary white board.

Bibliographic Instruction ("BI") Classroom - Rm 233            

Location: 2nd floor of library, to the left of the stairwell

Features: instructional computer workstation w/ overhead projector and projection screen, video playback equipment for DVD/VHS, and white boards. 

Library Liaisons

Make an appointment with any librarian to learn about new research tools available through the library. Librarians will meet with any interested individuals or departments to discuss and demonstrate new library resources pertaining to your discipline and interests.

While any librarian can assist any professor, we do have librarians assigned as liaison to specific department. Please see the list for a breakdown, along with contact information for each librarian.

For reference assistance you may also email us your query. Look for a response from a librarian within 48 hours, excluding weekends.  The librarian will make every attempt to answer your question(s) or refer you to a source to obtain your answer. 

Course Reserves

You can place books, one-sided photocopies, or DVD (or VHS) media (more info below) on reserve for your courses. Please complete the Reserve Request Form to place items from either the library's (or your own personal) collection on reserve. Your students can check out print reserve materials for a specified time (2 hours, 1 day, or 3 days), which you can indicate on the form. Please allow 48 hours for processing materials for the reserve collection (not including weekends). Contact Maria Conklin for more information. 

You may also wish to review our policies on course reserves, as well as consult our Copyright Policy for information about placing items on reserve.

For further detail on the current U.S. Copyright timetable, please see Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. This resource is courtesy of Cornell University's Copyright Information Center.

Media Materials

You can check out media materials for classroom use, as well as place these items on reserve. As with books and photocopies, please complete the Reserve Request Form to place items from either the library's (or your own personal) collection on reserve. Students can check out media reserve materials for a specified time (2 hours, 4 hours, or 1 day), which you can indicate on the form. Various types of media can be found in our online catalog by limiting your search to the location “Circulating Media Collection” or “Closed Media Stacks.”

Please allow 48 hours for processing materials for the reserve collection (not including weekends). Contact Maria Conklin to check out media materials for classroom use and place media materials on reserve. 

NOTE: To schedule MEDIA EQUIPMENT, please contact Information Technology at x2063.

Book Orders

Librarians are assigned to work with specific academic departments and will provide subject specific Choice reviews to departmental liaisons. Departmental liaisons will submit your requests to Jane Donahue. Requests can be submitted via email, campus mail, in person, or via the Library Purchase Request Form. Jane will inform you or your liaison by email when your selections arrive. Please help to create a library collection that will enhance the curriculum and support the assignments for your classes.

Interlibrary Loan

If a catalog search reveals that we do not have a book or journal title in our library, please complete an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) form for the book or article (links below).

  • ILL Article Request Form
  • ILL Book Request Form 
  • Allow five to ten days for requested material to arrive from the lending library. Though interlibrary loan is based upon cooperation between institutions, some do charge for loans or for photocopying. We will usually pay charges for student requests, and for faculty requests we will charge your departmental account.
  • Books borrowed through ILL are held at the circulation desk, while articles are sent to you via email.
  • You will receive a notification via email that your ILL material has arrived or is available.
  • Contact Karen Oliver with any questions.

TexShare Library Card

Abell Library is a participating member of the TexShare program through the Texas State Library and Archives Commission that extends free reciprocal borrowing privileges to each other's faculty, staff, and students. Each library has specific rules and regulations regarding access to their materials, so check the lending policy of a particular library for policies, hours, and phone numbers before making a trip to that library. More information can be found here.

  • You must have a TexShare Library Card from your home institution BEFORE you are able to borrow materials from other institutions.
  • Apply for a free TexShare Library Card at the Circulation Desk. Faculty cards are valid for one academic year.
  • For general questions about TexShare Card policies, contact Greg Dawson. For circulation issues regarding the TexShare Card, contact Maria Conklin

Photocopy & Book Delivery

We accept requests for books or photocopies of journal articles from our collection. In most cases, books and/or photocopies will be delivered to you within 24 hours Monday through Friday. See the links below to access the Article and Book Delivery Request Forms. Contact Maria Conklin for more information.

Reimbursement for Photocopies

If you make copies at another library, you can be reimbursed up to $50.00 per semester for these fees. Submit receipts to Donna Flatt in the office of the College Librarian.

Library Information


Abell Library Center

900 N. Grand Avenue, Suite 6L

Sherman, TX 75090-4400

Phone: 903-813-2236

Summer 2018 Hours
Days Times
Monday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday CLOSED
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