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About the Library

Albert B. Alkek Library is the architectural centerpiece and intellectual hub of the San Marcos campus. It offers library patrons the opportunity to explore, create and discover in an expansive, seven-story building that is packed with resources, technology and spaces for silent, quiet or collaborative research and study. Library staffers organize workshops and activities throughout the year that support academic and research literacy, offer opportunities for hands-on innovation and creation, and provide social and stress-relieving interplay. The library is continuously evolving to add new technology features that serve the campus and community. Beginning in the fall of 2018, the library will undergo a $14.3 million renovation, which is expected to be complete by early 2020. The work will include major modifications to the library that apply the learning commons model of the modern library; combining information and research materials, unique collections, technology resources, and collaboration and instruction spaces together under one roof so that the library serves as the center of research, instruction and innovation.  

The Alkek Library Collection Includes:

  • 3.2 million items in physical collections
  • 1.7 million physical titles
  • 1.4 million e-resources

Alkek Library is a selective depository for U.S. and Texas government documents by receiving 60% of federal publications and a wide variety of state publications.

Special holdings of the library include The Wittliff Collections (the Southwestern Writers Collection, the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, and the Texas Music Collection), home to the archival treasures collected first-hand from such icons as Cormac McCarthy, Sandra Cisneros, Sam Shepard and Willie Nelson; the King of the Hill archives; the Lonesome Dove miniseries collection; and the largest repository of modern and contemporary Mexican photography in the U.S.

The library also holds the University Archives, and the textbooks and curriculum materials approved by the Texas Education Agency for grades K-12. 

The Digital Collections Repository provides free and open access to scholarship and the creative works produced and owned by the Texas State University community.  

History of the Library

In May 1991 the Texas State University System Board of Regents approved the naming of the Texas State University Library building to honor Albert B. Alkek. In 1987 the Texas philanthropist, oilman, and rancher began funding scholarships to Texas State University (then SWT.) Graduates from the high schools in Medina and Bandera counties benefited from his generous support. Mr. Alkek, who died in 1995, had a long history of support of higher education across the state, and it was this commitment to educational access for students with financial need that led to his being given the President's Excellence Award in April 1990 by Dr. Jerome Supple. Mr. And Mrs. Alkek also established the Albert B. and Margaret Alkek Fund for Excellence to be used by the university to finance scholarships, establish research and equipment matching grants, expand program enhancement, and support new initiatives.

Other Services Located in the Library

Instructional Technologies, located on the 1st floor, assists faculty and students with multimedia production, classroom support, Internet deployment, and web design. Dr. Milt Nielson is the Director of Instructional Technologies. Questions or comments may be directed to him at (512) 245-2319, or e-mail

The Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC), housed on the 4th floor, offers students a wide variety of services that can improve academic performance, including a tutoring program and diagnostic testing. Dr. Carol Dochen is the Program Director of SLAC and may be reached at (512) 245-2515, or e-mail