SIX BIG THINGS for 2020!!! NUMBER ONE- Redesigned University Libraries Website

The Alkek 2020 Vision is coming into focus and there are some BIG THINGS happening at the library to start the new year off in a wonderful fashion. BIG THING #1 is the launch of our website. Following on the heels of the Texas State University redesigned home page launch, University Libraries has published its redesigned website to better serve all library patrons. The new site brings together resources for Texas State library patrons including students, faculty, and staff at both the Round Rock and San Marcos campuses, as well as distance learning students and other remote library users. Library.txstate.edu

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Introducing: Browse Bookshelf, a virtual bookshelf

virtual bookshelf

The University Libraries catalog contains records for over a million items across the Albert B. Alkek Library, the Archives & Research Center, the Round Rock Campus Library, and the Schneider Music Library. A feature in the library catalog, known as Browse Bookshelf, can assist with searching and locating where items are located on the shelves. Browse Bookshelf locates items at Alkek, RRC, ARC, and the Music Library using a call number and displays them on a virtual shelf that shows all items surrounding that call number as if it were there. In some cases, these books are located at a different library, but they can easily be requested and delivered to any library location for pick up.

To find and access Browse Bookshelf, go to catalog.library.txstate.edu. Once on the page, locate the search bar and perform a search. Click on one of the results to go to the full record. Then click on Browse Bookshelf link on the right. The color legend to the right of the bookshelf shows how many times the item has been checked out. Browse Bookshelf is currently in beta and user feedback is highly appreciated. Check out this page for more information.

Library Events

Furry friends visit students during finals

Therapy dog programs are becoming more and more popular in libraries and on college campuses across the U.S. as research also increasingly shows the health benefits of animal therapy. While some universities bring dogs in at a particularly stressful times for students, such as finals or freshman orientation, others provide animal therapy as a regular part of their service.

Therapy dogs have been visiting the Texas State campus since spring 2013. During finals week in both the spring and fall semesters, students get to meet and play with furry friends from Divine Canines. The dogs are usually located on the second and fourth floor of the Alkek Library, and are available to play with for up to two hours at a time. Missed out on therapy dogs this semester? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to find out the next time they’ll be on campus!

Round Rock Campus Library expands to meet growing campus needs

Extensive renovations to the Round Rock Campus (RRC) Library were recently completed.  The expansion includes increased seating area allowing for approximately 20 more capacity and a new room for Quiet Study.  Now students can enjoy the benefits of uninterrupted study in carrels equipped with individual lighting. The library also added a new Information Desk which will serve as an intersection of all library services. This centralized service point is where patrons can receive assistance and perform circulation functions such as return materials, pick up requested items and check out items placed on reserve. Other changes include the relocation of the

Hathitrust membership makes copyright materials available for those with visual impairment

Do you have a print disability or work with someone who does who needs a resource not available at a Texas State University Library? Check HathiTrust! Texas State’s University Libraries can download full-text of HathiTrust works, even the works that are still in copyright, as an accommodation for a person with a print disability.   Designated library staff can download eligible titles from among the 10 million works that are still in copyright after verifying that the person requesting the work is eligible for an accommodation. If you have a disability, you can have a HathiTrust book downloaded by filling in the HathiTrust Eligibility Verification and Request Form or emailing