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Library: Students

Services for Students

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

Services available to students 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 of special interest to honors students. See Honors Students for more information.

Research Assistance

Your librarians are happy to help with your research, and can assist you in a number of ways:

  • Stop by the circulation desk and ask to speak to a Reference Librarian. 
    • We are available Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
    • We can assist you in selecting and searching in databases for journal articles, selecting appropriate subject headings to locate books using our catalog, and much more.
  • If you’d like to make an appointment with a specific librarian, please call or email that 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.

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 (if the material is necessary for your studies).
  • 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. Student cards are valid for the current academic semester.
  • For general questions about TexShare Card policies, contact Andrew Smith. For circulation issues regarding the TexShare Card, contact Maria Conklin

Laptop Checkout

Abell Library has four laptops for student use in the library. Students who check out a laptop must first complete and sign a copy of the laptop contract (see below), which states the following:

  1. I understand that this equipment is a 4-hour library loan and cannot leave the building. I will not take the laptop from Abell Library.
  2. I will immediately inspect the laptop upon checking it out and agree that it is in good condition.
  3. I will not tamper with hardware or existing software. I agree to protect this equipment from theft and/or damage. I understand that the Austin College Campus Police will investigate any loss of a laptop or any missing components, and I will cooperate with such investigations.
  4. I agree to accept full financial responsibility for failure to return the laptop and accompanying equipment, and any damage incurred to the laptop through abuse, misuse, or operation contrary to any instructions supplied with the laptop while it is in my care. Approximate cost of the laptop is $1,000.
  5. I agree to speak to a library staff member if the equipment is discovered to be damaged or malfunctioning, as well as if it is lost or stolen while in my possession.
  6. I agree to return the laptop to the circulation desk by the time due and personally give it to a library staff member before I leave the library. I will return the laptop no later than 15 minutes before the closing of the libraryFines will be charged at the rate of 60 cents per hour with a maximum fine of $10.00.
  7. I will never leave the laptop unattended. If left unattended, I may permanently lose the privilege of borrowing a library laptop.
  8. I will follow the same practices with this laptop as those specified in Austin College's Network Responsible Use Policy.

Laptop privileges will be revoked if a borrower violates any part of this agreement. In addition, any blocks on a patron record (overdue books, ignored recalls, etc.) will also prohibit laptop borrowing.

Group Study Rooms

The study rooms are located on the second floor of the library for small groups of students to study together.

  • There must be at least two people in the group to check out a group study room. 
  • There is a 2-hour reservation limit per room. If you wish to stay in a room longer than your checkout, you must come to the circulation desk to renew your checkout. This is only possible if there is no other group waiting for a room.
  • Room checkout is maintained at the circulation desk. 

Extended Study Area

The Extended Study Area is a large room that is open to AC students 24 hours a day. The room is adjacent to the library's entrance (just inside the sliding doors to the left), and requires a valid Austin College ID for entrance after hours. This is a safe workspace available to all students that is equipped with study spaces, computer workstations, printers, and a copier. 

Library Information


Abell Library Center

900 N. Grand Avenue, Suite 6L

Sherman, TX 75090-4400

Phone: 903-813-2236

Summer 2017 Hours*
Day Times
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

*hours in effect May 13 - Aug. 23, 2017

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