Vice President of Information Services and CIO Pam McQuesten: 512-863-1300
Reference Desk: 512-863-1549
InfoDesk: 512-863-1563
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Monday – Thursday: 8 AM – Midnight (Reference desk closes at 10 PM)
Friday: 8 AM – 8 PM (Reference desk closes at 5 PM)
Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – Midnight
These hours apply while classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters. The library is closed for certain holidays and has different hours during intercessions, finals week and summer. During these periods please check the library’s website, or call the Circulation Desk for scheduled hours.


  • Circulation Services is located on the first floor near the entrance to the library. In order to check out library materials, students, faculty and staff must present a Southwestern University I.D.
  • There is no limit to the number of items faculty can check out.
  • Faculty can borrow most items within the circulating collection for either a semester or an academic year.  More detailed information about loan periods is available on the Circulation website.
  • Although faculty are not charged fines for late items, replacement charges will be assessed for lost items.  Upon return of the items the charges will be forgiven.
  • Material for which high demand is anticipated may be placed on reserve.  The library provides both traditional reserve (for print and media items), as well as E-reserve services.  Two-hour, four-hour, overnight, and 1 day items are shelved in the reserve area located behind the Circulation Services desk.  Reserve Request forms are available at the Circulation Services desk or on the Circulation website.
  • Please call Carol Fonken, Head of Circulation Services, at 512-863-1550 with questions.
  • Website: Circulation Services



  • Librarians at the Reference desk on the library’s first floor are available to answer questions and assist with your research by phone, e-mail, and chat service.
  • Research instruction sessions presented by librarians can acquaint students with the library resources and research concepts tailored to your course objectives. To request instruction, call x1311 or complete the electronic instruction request form available on the Reference website.   Please try to allow two weeks advance notice for scheduling and preparation.
  • The library’s collection of research databases includes JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, Academic Search Complete, and other full text journal and newspaper sources, online reference sources such as encyclopedias, almanacs, and dictionaries. These are accessible from the library’s website which provides you with “24/7” access from on and off campus.
  • Please call Joan Parks, Head of Reference Services, at 512-863-1311 with questions.
  • Website: Reference and Instruction Services 


  • The most recent issues of periodicals are filed in alphabetical order by title within broad subject areas. Back years of most titles are available in bound, electronic, or microfilm format.
  • Periodicals provided in electronic format can be identified and accessed through the Online Periodicals search box on the library’s website.  Locating an e-journal can be done by searching for a specific journal title or by title browsing.
  • All current full time faculty may check out journals for up to two weeks in their name. Inquire at the InfoDesk for more information.
  • If you want your students to consult a particular issue of a journal, please consider placing it on reserve at the InfoDesk to maximize access.
  • Two self-service copiers are located in the periodicals area for making copies. Photocopies cost 10¢ per page when paying with cash.  Pirate card copies are 7¢ per page.  A Pirate card machine for adding cash to your card is available in the periodicals area.
  • Microfilm copies are 10¢ per page; color copies are 35¢ per page. These must be paid with cash, not Pirate cards.
  • Please call Amy Anderson, Director of Library Resources, at 512-863-1639, about any difficulties accessing or utilizing any database or any other periodicals questions, including requests for new journal subscriptions.
  • Website:  Library Resources Department



  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL) works to borrow books, articles, and other materials not owned by the library. We will attempt to provide any materials requested, but are unable to guarantee success for all requests.  There are no patron fees for Interlibrary Loan services. Materials are requested and tracked using the ILLiad system, available on the library’s website.
  • Borrowed items are subject to any restrictions imposed by the lender. These include the loan period length, “in library use only” restrictions, and decisions about granting renewals beyond the original loan period.
  • Patrons will be notified by e-mail when materials are available. Unless the lending library places an “in library use only” restriction upon the item, patrons may pick up their loans at the InfoDesk. 
  • Photocopies will be delivered electronically and will be accessible from the patron’s ILLiad account. All photocopy requests are subject to copyright restrictions.
  • The book band attached to each returnable item will specify the date when the item must be returned. Patrons may log on to their ILLiad accounts to check on the status of their requests.
  • Faculty may also request that specific articles and book chapters in the SLC’s physical collection be scanned and made available through their ILLiad account.  These items will be processed as time and workflow permits.
  • Please call Mary Peck, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator, at 512-863-1557 with questions.
  • Website: Interlibrary Loan


  • Audiovisual Services provides diverse media services, high quality presentation equipment, and professional media production assistance to support and enrich the academic and extended activities of the university community.
  • Audiovisual Services provides audiovisual equipment for delivery and loan, support of all audiovisual equipment on campus, video production assistance and duplication, event support, facility management, and copyright assistance.
  • Audiovisual Services oversees the second floor and the Graphics Lab, which is furnished with equipment and materials for the production of graphic displays.
  • The library also has a Music Library with LP’s, CD’s, scores, and listening stations on the 1st floor.
  • To request equipment complete the web form, available on the department website.
  • Please call Paul Sicard, Coordinator of Audiovisual Services, at 512-863-1566 with questions.
  • Website: Audiovisual Services


  • The Library Resources Department coordinates the efforts of the librarian liaisons and the faculty, who work together to build the library’s print, media, and electronic collections.  Library liaisons can also help with your general questions about the library, anytime.  A directory of liaisons and their contact information is posted on the Library Resources Department website.
  • Staff in this department order, receive, and make accessible all physical and digital resources for the library. Collection evaluations to accompany academic departments’ 7-year self-studies are also supported by this department.
  • All current members of the SU community may suggest new titles for the collection via an online Acquisition Request Form on the library’s home page.  Items that are on order will appear in the Voyager Catalog; holds can be placed in the system in order to generate notification when a new item is available.
  • See the Library’s Collection Development Policy and Acquisitions Procedures for Faculty for more information; both are posted on the department website.
  • Please call Dana Hendrix, Director of Library Resources, at 512-863-1241 with questions.
  • Website: Library Resources Department


  • Special Collections encourages faculty and students to use rare books, historical records, prints, maps, and other collections to do original research using primary sources.
  • Collection strengths include: Texas materials; 17th to 19th century British imprints; fine art books; early magazines; English engravers including William Blake, Hogarth, and Thomas Bewick; Bibles and Methodism; travel and description including maps; science and medicine; southern literature; Civil War; American literature and the papers of a major US Senator, John Tower.
  • The John Tower collection is approximately 800 linear feet of material and covers his Senate activities from 1961-1984 as well as his pre and post senate activities.  The collection includes documents, legislative files, correspondence, speeches, campaign items, photographs, and audiovisual materials.  Associated collections cover the rise of the Republican Party in the south and the Young Republicans.
  • The department also holds historical records for the University and community.
  • The Special Collections reading room, located on the second floor of the library, provides an elegant and comfortable space to read and study the university’s rare books and other collections.  Due to their condition and value, materials do not circulate.  Copy service is available.
  • Staff is very happy to work with faculty to explore integrating primary source material into their curriculum and encourages class visits to Special Collections.
  • Please call Kathryn Stallard, Head of Special Collections, at 512-863-1221 with questions.
  • Website: Special Collections