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Services for Staff

A variety of services are available to Austin College's staff, including: 

Please contact the appropriate library personnel with questions regarding any of these services.

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 Maridyth Spore (x2372) in the Registrar's Office (unless otherwise noted) to check for availability and to reserve the room*.

*NOTE: Reservations for the Abell Conference Room (AB 209) and Large Presentation Area are managed by the library; contact the library's Circulation Department via email (or call x2236) to check for availability and reserve those spaces.


Abell Computer Classroom (AB 116)

Location: 1st floor of library, NW corner

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

Contact Maridyth Spore via email (or call x2372) to reserve.

Large Presentation Area

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

Features: a versatile, open space with a large LCD display configured for presentations with a laptop, along with comfortable seating for groups of up to 20. Ideal for a small class/seminar, or other special events.

Contact the library's Circulation Department via email (or call x2236) to reserve.

AB 208

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

Features: this space features an overhead projector and screen configured for use with a laptop, and a small mobile white board.

(Note: this room is not currently configured for instructional use, as of August 14, 2023.)

Conference Room (AB 209)

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

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

Contact the library's Circulation Department via email (or call x2236) to reserve.

Lecture Classroom (AB 233)            

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

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

Contact Maridyth Spore via email (or call x2372) to reserve.

Purchasing Materials

Book and media purchase requests may be submitted to Raymie Barker in the library's Acquisitions Department. These requests should be submitted using our Purchase Request Form, but may also be submitted via email, campus mail, or in person. Raymie will inform you and/or your library liaison by email when your selections are available. Likewise, librarians are assigned as liaisons to work with specific academic departments; periodically, lists of highly reviewed materials specific to your discipline will be compiled and shared with your departmental chairs/liaisons for review and selection.

You may also access Choice Reviews Online to read reviews of books you may wish to request for purchase. (Contact Andrew Smith to set up your user account for full access to reviews.)

Please help to create a library collection that will enhance the curriculum and support the assignments for your classes!

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If a database or catalog search reveals that we do not have a book or journal title in our library, please complete and submit the appropriate Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request form for the item (see buttons below). (Note: you will also find ILL Form links available in many databases as well as the catalog.)

  • 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. The library 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 and/or is available.
  • Please contact Interlibrary Loan with any questions.
ILL Article Request Form


(use this form for articles AND book chapters)

ILL Book Request Form


(use this form for entire books/monographs)

Document & Book Delivery

We accept requests for on-campus delivery of books, media, or photocopies of journal articles from our collection. In most cases, requests will be delivered to you within 24 hours Monday through Friday. Please submit your request via the Document/Book Delivery Request Form. Contact the Circulation Department for more information.

NYTimes...for FREE!

You can get the digital edition of The New York Times for free! See this page to find out how.

OverDrive E-books!

                            You can download e-books to read for free! See this page to find out how.

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