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University Libraries Covid-19 Updates

Texas State's University Libraries has modified its hours and limited services in order to support the Texas State community for the rest of the spring 2020 semester. (Page updated  - May 1, 1 pm)

Library Access

The Alkek Library is open during modified hours with limited onsite services only to those with a valid Texas State ID card. For the safety of library patrons and staff, you MUST follow CDC guidelines and leave a six-foot space between you and others or you will be asked to leave the building.

Remote Resources and Services

Discover our eResources and remote services.

Faculty remote course support

Use our resources and services in support of online teaching.

Library Questions & Answers

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    • The due dates for circulating materials originally due between March 1 and August 6 have been extended to August 7. The extension does not apply to any short-term loans, such as reserve items, laptops, calculators or other equipment.
    • Log in to your library account to check on due dates for your library materials.
    • For any account questions or problems, please contact:
    • We will do the best we can to accommodate anyone with extenuating circumstances.
  • The Wittliff Collections is closed for the rest of the spring semester. We will update hours information as things develop. 

  • We have temporarily expanded our print scanning service to include all student researchers. If you need a resource that is in Texas State University Libraries' collection, but is not available as an electronic resource, we can scan it and send it to you electronically within three business days. There is a limit of one request per day of no more than 50 page. We cannot scan entire books or journal issues. Use this form to request the material.

    Faculty who need us to scan instructional materials from our collection should continue to use the Instructional Materials Scanning form.

    Please visit our remote resources guide to learn more about how to access library materials and services.

  • The Alkek Library computer work stations will be open during library open hours, however, we have significantly reduced the number of available work stations to enforce social distancing and keep our patrons safe. 

    • Due to the difficulty in obtaining physical Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items from other libraries during the COVID-19 epidemic, we have decided to temporarily discontinue the borrowing and lending of physical items. 
    • We will still continue processing article and chapter requests.
    • If the physical item you need is available for purchase and it is something the University Libraries should have in our collection, we recommend submitting a purchase request at
    • If possible, please return any ILL items before leaving campus. 
    • If you need the material longer, you may request an extension in ILLiad a few days before the item is due.
    • If you cannot renew your ILL items, please contact Interlibrary Loan staff at / 512-245-4893.
    • You may also mail the ILL materials back to: Texas State University; Alkek Library / Interlibrary Loan; 250 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX 78666.
    • ILL items can be picked up at the Alkek Library Checkout Desk. Double check library hours on the library web site.
    • If you cannot pick up physical Interlibrary Loan materials you requested, please notify Interlibrary Loan staff at / 512-245-4893.
  • Floors 2 - 6 are open to individuals with a valid Texas State ID card while carefully following appropriate social distancing and prevention measures. The first and seventh floors, including The Wittliff Collections, are closed until further notice. Small study rooms on the fifth and sixth floors are closed. We have also moved our Ask Alkek Desk to virtual service available by calling: 512.245.2686.

To keep updated on the university's announcements and resources related to the Coronavirus, please visit this website.

Let's maintain a safe library

What you can do:

  • Use online services whenever possible - You can communicate with us by telephone (Our Ask Alkek Desk is now virtual, call us at 512-245-2616, RRC Library 512-716-4700) or through AskaLibrarian online chat.
  • Practice social distancing - Individuals with a valid Texas State ID card may use the Alkek LIbrary while carefully following appropriate social distancing and other prevention measures. When you do come to the library, please leave a six-foot space between you and library patrons and staff. Patrons who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the building. Our small study rooms are closed to reduce areas that need to be cleaned.
  • Wear masks - To protect others in the building, staff and patrons are encouraged to wear masks in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Wash your hands and help us keep work stations and equipment as sanitary as possible - Wipes and hand sanitizer are available at service points for patron use before and after using library materials and equipment.
  • Observe our open door policy - Leave main entrance doors to restrooms and study rooms open to minimize the need for sanitizing doors.
  • Flip the card - Once you have used a work station, please flip the card to let us know the station needs to be cleaned and made ready for the next user.

What we are doing: 

  • Practicing social distancing - We want to help, but we will be keeping our distance for your protection and ours.
  • Requiring ID card access - Only those with a valid university issued ID card can access the library.
  • Increasing cleaning and sanitization efforts - We have closed off portions of the library and brought in additional cleaning crews to wipe down surfaces and to keep our open areas as clean as possible. Our staff will be using gloves when handling materials and sanitizing returned materials using a UV sanitizer before making them available for reuse.
  • Making ourselves virtually available - We can schedule Zoom conference calls for research consultations and are happy to chat with you online when you need help. You can also email your subject librarian for assistance.
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