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For Visitors


Albert B. Alkek Library is the most important information resource of the Texas State University community. We are open to the public. Visitor computers are available on the fourth floor to access resources such as the library catalog, databases for finding articles, and the web. You can also bring your own laptop and connect to the wi-fi, but databases are only available on library visitor computers.

For more information, see the full About the Library page.

Alkek Library is also home to The Wittliff Collections, which include the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection as well as the Southwestern Writers Collection, both jewels of central Texas. For more information, see: 

Contact Us

For information about borrowing or renewing library materials and library fines. contact Circulation at 512.245.3681 or see Lending Policies for Visitors (below), or the Circulation Services page.

For research assistance, please use the following methods of contact:


Research and Information Desk Temp Location

Lending Policies for Visitors

Visitors may borrow books from Alkek Library through the TexShare Library Card Program. Ask your local library for a TexShare card to get started. Another option is to pay a $25 per year fee at the circulation desk for borrowing privileges.

Material Loan Period # of Items
Books 2 weeks Retired Texas State faculty – maximum of 100
All others – 4 at any one time
Audiovisual materials (DVDs, CDs, etc.)

Not loaned to TexShare or non-University borrowers

Retired Texas State faculty: 2 weeks



 4 items

Wittliff Collections/University Archives Room use only  

Driving Directions

Albert B. Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University. is located between Austin and San Antonio along the IH 35 corridor.

Driving Directions to Alkek Library and the Wittliff Collections:


  • Hourly parking is available 24-7 in the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage [#1 on map below]. See the Pay-to-Park Garages page for PAY RATES.
  • The Alkek Parking Garage [#2] has a limited number of free spaces for visitors to the library and the Wittliff Collections.
  • For further visitor parking information, see Texas State Parking Services page for Visitors & Guests.


Alkek Library