Skip to main content

Staff: Home

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*. (You may also view and/or add the room scheduling calendars to your Outlook).

*NOTE: Reservations for the Abell Conference Room (AB 209) and Large Presentation Area are managed by the library; contact Donna Flatt via email (or call x2490) to check for availability and reserve those spaces.


Abell Computer Classroom (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.

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 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/seminar, or other special events.

Contact Donna Flatt via email (or call x2490) to reserve.

BYOD Classroom (208)

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

Features: this "Bring Your Own Device" space features an overhead projector/screen configured for presentational use with a laptop, 6 student computer workstations, a black & white printer, and a small mobile white board.

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

Conference Room (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.

Contact Donna Flatt via email (or call x2490) to reserve.

Lecture Classroom (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

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 Purchase Request Form. Jane will inform you or your liaison by email when your selections are available. 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.

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.

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 on the card 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. Student cards are valid for one semester.
  • Locate a library and find out more about their lending policies here.
  • If you have general questions about TexShare Card policies or circulation issues regarding the TexShare Card, contact the Circulation Department.

NYTimes...for FREE!

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

Austin College


©2019 Abell Library Center | Austin College, 900 N. Grand Avenue, Sherman, TX 75090-4400 | Phone: (903) 813-2236

Please direct comments or questions about this website to Andrew Smith.