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Services for Students

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

Services available to students include:

Find contact information for library personnel if you have questions about any of the services listed above.

Research Consultation

Your faculty 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. 
    • They are available Monday - 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.
  • If you’d like to make an appointment with a specific librarian, please contact them.
  • For reference assistance, you may also email 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.

You may also stop by the Research Help Desk to receive assistance from a student Peer Research Assistant:

  • Monday - Thursday - 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Friday - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

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 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 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.
  • For general questions about TexShare Card policies, contact Greg Dawson. For circulation issues regarding the TexShare Card, contact Maria Conklin

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. 

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