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Services for Students

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

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

Research Consultation with a Librarian

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

  • Contact your librarians via email and one of them will reply. You may also contact a specific librarian via email or phone, or set up a virtual meeting via Zoom. (See contact information here.)
    • Librarians are typically available Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
    • They 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.
  • For reference or research assistance, you may also email your query. Look for a response within 48 hours, excluding weekends. Librarians will make every attempt to answer your question(s) or refer you to a source to obtain your answer.

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)

Study Rooms

Study Rooms are located on the 2nd floor of the library. Rooms 214-219 are the Group Study Rooms and are located on the west wall, adjacent to the elevator. Rooms 220-225 are the Individual Study Rooms and are located on the south wall, adjacent to the PT-Z shelving area. (If you go up the stairs, these areas will be to your left. If you use the elevator, these areas will be to your right.)

  • There is a 2-hour reservation limit per room. If you wish to renew your checkout, you may do so via the online reservation form as long as no other reservations have been made.
  • Maximum checkout period for study rooms is 4 hours per day per person.
  • Room reservation/checkout is available online. Questions may be directed to the circulation desk via email or by calling 903-813-2236.
  • Study rooms are reserved exclusively for use by currently enrolled Austin College students and Austin College faculty and staff. Other requests may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Contact the circulation desk with any questions.

Extended Study Room

The Extended Study Room is a large, multipurpose space that is open to AC students 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 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 opening hours. This is a safe workspace available to all students that is equipped with private study carrels, collaborative group spaces, computer workstations, printers, and a copier. Restroom access is available.

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.

Are We Missing Something?

If you think there is a book or film that the library doesn't (but should) have in its collections, let us know! Simply submit a Library Material Suggestion Form so we can consider your suggestion. Contact Interim Library Director Andrew Smith with any questions.

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