Located in the library's underground parking garage at the end of Talbot Street (behind Jones Dining Hall).
Faculty and staff can request a gate access card from the Office of Disability Services (ODS) located in the
Student Center, Room 5-5.1 Monday through Friday during normal business hours. Additional parking is located
outside the gate for students with valid a Texas State parking permit and visitors. There is also a guard booth at
the entrance of the garage from 7 am to 5 pm (Monday through Friday) if you need help locating a space.
Entering the Library
A 4-tiered ramp is located on the south side (the side nearest to downtown) of the library. At the top of the
ramp, the teaching theater of the Alkek Library will be on your right. Proceed forward around the teaching theater
to the library breezeway. The automatic door is the last door on the right.
Another entrance is located on the east side of the library near Derrick Hall and is opened by an access card. Students, faculty and staff registered at ODS can request a card from the Library Administrative Services Office (room 204) Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. Access cards are free of charge but replacement cards cost $7.
Leaving the Library in an Emergency
Go into the nearest stairwell and shut the door so that the stairwell remains fireproof.
Firefighters and police know to check these areas and will assist you out of the building.
Do not use the elevators
Staff at the main floor reference desk can direct you to books, journals, and other sources for your research.
Retrieving Library Materials
Books on floors 5-7
Circulation/Reserves Desk, floor 2.
Circulation/Reserves Desk, floor 2.
Audiovisual, reserves and periodicals
Service Desk, floor 3.
Government Documents Desk, floor 4.
Special Collections, floor 7, Monday through Friday 8-5pm.
While every effort is made to provide prompt assistance, the library staff may require additional time during
peak hours and on the weekends.
To retrieve a large number of items, please allow at least 24 hours turnaround time.
Returning Library Materials
Book drops are located at the library entrance and in the library parking garage entrance off Talbot Street.
Copying and Scanning
Copiers are located floors 2-7. Periodicals staff can copy microform materials and periodicals. The staff can usually accommodate requests within 24 hours. Pay for copies at the Circulation Desk, second floor or have the periodicals staff take the payment down for you.
The are also free scanners on floors 3 and 4. Ask at the service desk if you need assistance.
Telephones Sorenson videophone
A camera, video monitor, and phone combination that allows patrons to make telephone calls using sign language. The camera displays the patron signing to a certified ASL interpreter who relays the message to the called person. Also, patrons can sign directly to another person with a videophone. The remote control that operates the videophone can be checked out at the Periodicals Service Desk on floor 3.
TTY (Teletypewriter)(also called TDD Telephone Device for the Deaf)
Allows deaf/hard of hearing, or speech impaired people to communicate over the phone. The pay TTY is located in the lounge on floor 1.
Reserve Area Equipment 4-Track Talking Book Cassette Player
Plays the specialized 4-track tapes from the Texas State Library's Talking Book program. The player can be check out with a student ID and taken anywhere in the library.
Computer Lab Equipment - Fourth Floor
The Computer Lab is closed for maintenance Friday mornings until 10:30.Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Eliminates keyboard use by allowing user to enter text and control programs by voice. To use this system you must set up a voice file which may require several hours of training. Success of the voice recognition program varies among users.JAWS
Interactive computer program designed to make Windows and Windows-based applications accessible to the blind/visually impaired. The program provides screen magnification and speech synthesis for screen description, commands, creating, editing, and reading electronic documents.OpenBook
OpenBook converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format using high-quality speech and the optical character recognition (OCR) technology.ZoomText
Enlarges and reads aloud everything on the comnputer screen
For more information about the equipment on the 4th floor, contact:
Floyd Stull at 512-245-2106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is also an Assistive Technology Computer Lab in the Academic Services Building South - Room 201, phone number 512-245-8073.
SLAC (Student Learning Assistance Center) - Floor 4
SLAC offers help to all students in a variety of areas such as reading, writing, history, math, science, and
study skills. No appointment is necessary but services are not available during final exam weeks and interim
For more information, contact:
Carol Dochen at 512-245-2515 or email@example.com.
For additional information or suggestions contact:
Barbara Potts at 512-245-3682 or firstname.lastname@example.org.