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Alkek Library
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666

Ph: (512) 245.2686
Fax: (512) 245.0392

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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


Reference Services

Staff at the main floor reference desk can direct you to books, journals, and other sources for your research.

You can also call 512-245-2686, use the Ask a Librarian service or schedule an appointment.


Retrieving Library Materials

Books on floors 5-7
   Circulation Desk, floor 2.
Reference books
   Reference Desk or Circulation Desk, floor 2.
Audiovisual, reserves and periodicals
    Service Desk, floor 3.
Government documents
   Government Documents Desk, floor 4.
Special collections
   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.



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.


Allows enlarged viewing of printed materials with a separate screen for computer program applications.


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.


Scans printed materials and converts the text to synthesized speech. Features include volume and speed adjustments, headphones and tape recording jack.


Scans text and displays it on a monitor in the size and format the reader specifies. A control panel can adjust the size and speed of the text as it moves across the monitor. It also has a live mode which allows readers to magnify print without scanning the material. 

For more information about the equipment on the 4th floor, contact:
Floyd Stull at 512-245-2106 or fs12@txstate.edu.

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 periods.

For more information, contact:
Carol Dochen at 512-245-2515 or cd03@txstate.edu.


Contact Us

For additional information or suggestions contact:
Barbara Potts at 512-245-3682 or bp02@txstate.edu.