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About Us

Albert B. Alkek Library is the most important information resource of the Texas State University community. The mission of the library is to help our patrons succeed by providing high quality library services and information in a variety of formats to support the university's teaching and research programs. Responsible for the operations of the library is Joan Heath, Associate Vice President, University Library. Contact her at (512) 245-2133 or with any concerns or comments.

The Alkek Library Collection Includes:

  • More than 1.5 million printed volumes
  • 99,700+ electronic journals
  • 506,000 e-books
  • 625+ databases
  • Over a half-million microform & audio-visual materials

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 and the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection), home to the major papers of such notable authors as Cormac McCarthy and Sam Shepard, 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. A new addition to the library is Digital Collections@TxState an institutional repository, or digital collection of the intellectual output of Texas State University.


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 Support, located on the 1st floor. ITS’ mission is to to promote and support excellence in teaching and learning at Texas State University by provisioning and developing reliable and innovative digital tools, spaces and solutions in partnership with the University's instructional community.  ITS provides services focused learning, such as consultation with faculty on the use of technology in the classroom, and in online courses.  ITS also provides instructional streaming services, digital media services for the classroom, and assist faculty in the production of instructional materials.

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