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Guide to Library Services for Family Members of ASU Faculty and Staff

Find the resources you need, when you need them. Wherever you are!

Borrow Materials

  • Get Set Up to Use the Library

    As a courtesy to ASU faculty and staff, borrowing privileges are extended to their spouses and their dependents 12-18 years of age. The sponsoring faculty/staff are responsible for their dependents’ checkouts.

    To be able to check out items, family members need to bring their related ASU faculty/staff member to the library.  The family member should bring a picture ID and the ASU faculty/staff member should bring their ASU ID card.  We’ll make the family member an “affiliate” card, which enables them to borrow items from the library.

  • Access Your Library Account & Renew Eligible Items

    To see when your items are due and renew, go to the RamCat log-in page and enter your last name, Library PIN (the default is ABCD4321), and your ASU Library barcode (on the back of the blue ASU library Affiliate Card).

  • Borrowing Periods, Fines, & Renewals
    Item Type Loan Period* Renewals Fines*
    Books on the 2nd floor 21 days 1 $0.25/day/item(if recalled: $0.30/day/item)
    Juvenile books 7 days 1 $0.30/day/item
    Government Documents - books 21 days 1 $0.25/day/item
    Government Documents - maps & CDs 3 days 0 $0.25/day/item
    DVDs, VHSs, CDs 3 days 0 $1.00/day/item
    Permanent reserves 2 hours (in-library use only) 0 none

    *Need to pay a fine?  The circulation desk at the Library accepts cash and checks.

Use Equipment and Facilities

  • Make Copies

    The Library has two photocopiers, which are located in an alcove near the Circulation Desk. There is charge of 10 cents per page and the copiers accept coins. For your convenience, a change machine is located next to the copiers.

  • Use a Computer

    The library has four computers with internet access available for public use.  There are three computers on the First Floor near the main entrance and another computer for researching online government information that is located in the Government Information department (in the basement). These computers do not have the ability to print, but you may email items to yourself or save to a USB Flash drive.

  • Library Service Locations & Other Features

    The Library provides Wi-Fi coverage throughout the Basement, First, and Second Floors of the building.

    First Floor

    The Learning Commons occupies most of the First Floor and is a great place to relax or work with classmates on assignments. Key features include numerous monitors for group viewing of documents and presentations, reading nooks, study booths, and the popular practice-presentation room.

    Also located in the Learning Commons are the:

    • Circulation Desk for checking out library materials, paying library fines, and general library information
    • Research Assistance Desk for help locating books, articles, and many other resources
    • Technical Assistance Desk for checking out laptops, cables/cords, and resolving computer, software, or ASU network password problems
    • Common Grounds Café: a snack and coffee bar featuring Starbucks products

    Second Floor

    The Second Floor houses the majority of our circulating books in the “Second Floor Stacks” collection, as well as special displays of Bestsellers, Paperback Books, and New Book collections. Casual seating is located throughout the stacks.

    Also found on the Second Floor are:

    • Reading Alcove with casual seating overlooking a courtyard
    • Desktop computers and a printer
    • Quiet Study room with cubicles, lights and electric outlets
    • Group Study rooms, available for check-out; click here for more info

    Basement

    The Basement houses our Periodicals, U.S. and Texas Government Documents, Juvenile & Curriculum, and Microform collections.

    The Basement also features:

    • Quiet Study Room with tables and casual seating for individual study in a quiet setting
    • Group Study Rooms, available for check-out; click here for more info
    • Individual Study Rooms, available for check-out; click here for more info
    • Tables for use by groups and individuals

Research

  • Online Resources

    Online Resources for Visitors and Friends

  • RamCat

    RamCat is the online catalog of the Porter Henderson Library. It contains information about materials the Library owns, including books, documents, magazines, journals, newspapers, audiovisuals, etc.  Try out RamCat and let us know if you need assistance!

  • Research Guides

    Research Guides are lists of high-quality online and print research materials.  They are curated by librarians and are arranged by subject and by course.  They are each divided into six areas: reference, books, databases, news, websites, and videos. Find them online, 24/7 — either from the Library homepage or the Research Guides homepage.

  • Research Help

    Need help with a research assignment? We’re happy to help and can offer several forms of assistance:  

    At the Research Assistance Desk, our librarians are skilled in searching a variety of different resources, and are happy to share searching techniques designed to save your time and bring better results.

    There are multiple ways you can contact us:

    Visit
    Research Assistance Desk Hours

    Call
    325-486-6534

    Email
    reference@angelo.edu

    Chat
    Our chat reference service is AskAcademic. Click on the icon below to open the chat window and ask your question.

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    Prefer to work solo?
    We created several guides and videos so researchers can learn the basics of academic research on their own. We also have LibGuides, which are lists of recommended videos, websites, databases, books, and more that students will find useful in their research. Check out the Research Guides for your subject!

  • West Texas Collection

    The WTC is the historical and archival collection of Angelo State University. It houses books, documents,
    letters, photographs and memorabilia.  It also houses the University Archives. WTC and Archives materials are non-circulating.

    Located on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont.

    Hours of operation:

    Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters:
    Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Please check the Library calendar for any special closings.

    Faculty members may request class visits to the WTC by appointment. For more details, contact Suzanne Campbell, the Head of Special Collections and Programs, by phone at 325-942-2164, or via email at Suzanne.Campbell@angelo.edu.