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Guide to Library Services for Dual Credit Students

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

Borrow Materials

  • Get Set Up to Use the Library

    To get set up to use the library, you’ll need:

    • An ASU Dual Credit Student ID (so you can check out materials)
    • An activated Technology Access Account (so you can access the library’s online resources).

    Here’s how:

    Get an ASU Dual Credit Student ID

    Request a Dual Credit ID card by contacting the OneCard Office by phone at 325-942-2331 or via email at

    Activate your Technology Access Account

    Many people activate their account at orientation. You need it for most online services at ASU — including accessing the library’s online databases and periodicals.

    To activate your Technology Access Account:

    1. Register and get your CID (Campus Identification Number).
    2. Email the Technology Service Center at to obtain a Technology Access Account.
    3. For more information about the Technology Access Account see the Technology Access Account page.
  • 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 campus ID.

  • Document Delivery

    Document Delivery

    Need resources not available through the ASU Library’s online holdings? ASU dual credit students who do not live in Tom Green County are able to have eligible Library resources delivered through document delivery. Students living in Tom Green County must come to the ASU Library with their Dual Credit ID Card (available from the OneCard office) to locate and check out Library material and to check out books and media obtained through interlibrary loan.

    Document Delivery (for non-Tom Green County residents) gives dual credit students outside of Tom Green County access to items owned by the Library that do not come in electronic format. Articles from circulating print resources owned by the Library will be scanned and emailed to these dual credit students, subject to copyright restrictions. These students should request items using their Angelo State email account, as this is the official means of communication between the institution and the student. Emailed articles will be sent to students’ Angelo State email account.

    Circulating items from the Library’s print and media collection are also available to be checked out by non-Tom Green County resident dual credit students, subject to priority given for students’ academic studies.  Books and media delivered to these dual credit students will be sent from ASU via insured mail, with a postage paid insured return envelope. Items must be received in the Library by the due date, in order to avoid overdue fines. These students may want to consider their local libraries as a resource as well, in order to speed access and avoid overdue fines.

    To request materials through document delivery, please use the appropriate interlibrary loan form available at Interlibrary Loan Unit webpage ; or the interlibrary loan option available in many of the Library’s online databases.  Be sure to indicate that you are a dual credit student, and use your ASU email address.

    Have questions? Please contact us at or 325-486-6551

  • Borrowing Periods, Fines & Renewals
    Borrowing items, loan periods, renewals and overdue fines
    Item Type Loan Period* Renewals Fines*
    Books on the 2nd floor 21 days 3 $0.25/day/item (if recalled: $0.30/day/item)
    Juvenile books 21 days 1 $0.25/day/item
    Government Documents - books 21 days 1 $0.25/day/item
    Government Documents - maps & CDs 3 days 0 $0.25/day/item
    Interlibrary Loans varies varies $1.00/day/item
    DVDs, VHSs, CDs 3 days 1 $1.00/day/item
    Closed/Permanent reserves 2 hours (in-library use only) 0 $0.10/minute/item
    1-day reserve 1 day 0 $2.00/day/item
    3-day reserves 3 days 0 $0.50/day/item

    *Loan periods will vary if an item is recalled by another patron.

    **ATTENTION: If you reside outside of Tom Green County and your local library does not have the item you need; you can request materials be mailed to you through document delivery. Please email these requests to  Include your name, Dual Credit Student status, Campus ID number, mailing address, and the titles and call numbers of the materials being requested.

    ***You can pay any fines at the circulation desk the same day you accrue them. The library accepts cash, checks, and RamBucks.  After that, you have to pay your fines online via RamPort, or in person at the Bursar’s Office.
    Because fines transferred from the Library to the Bursar’s office can take up to two working days to show up in your student account, please contact the Circulation desk at 325-486-6523 for the most up-to-date information on where you may pay your fines.

Use Equipment and Facilities

  • Use a Computer or a Laptop

    The Library provides several computers in various locations on all three floors of the building. Use your ASU network ID and password to log on!

    Laptop computers are also available for use inside the Library. Bring your ASU Dual Credit Student ID to the Technical Assistance Desk in the Learning Commons to check out laptops, headphones, cables, and other technology-related equipment.

  • Print, Copy or Scan

    There are 4 printers located in an alcove near the Technical Assistance Desk.  They print in both color and black & white.  Each semester students, staff, and faculty receive 800 print credits. Additional credits may be requested if needed. The printing default is for black and white double-sided printing with a charge of one credit for each side of the page. Five credits are charged for color printing.

    Two photocopiers are located in an alcove near the Circulation Desk. There is a 10-cent per page charge and these copiers may be used by anyone. The copiers accept coins and the OneCard for payment. For your convenience, a change machine and a RamBucks machine are located next to the copiers.

    Scanners & digital senders are available in the Learning Commons. Three scanners are located among the computers along the south wall of the Learning Commons.  One digital sender is at the Technical Assistance Desk and one is in the printing alcove.

  • 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


    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
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Tables for use by groups and individuals


  • 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.

    There are multiple ways you can reach us:

    Prefer to work solo?

    Check out the Research Guides for your subject and/or course!

  • West Texas Collection

    The West Texas Collection (WTC) is the special collections department of the Porter Henderson Library. The WTC houses a variety of primary sources related to the history of the region including letters, photographs, maps and legal documents as well as being home to the University Archives. Material in the WTC is non-circulating and must be used in the reading room located on the first floor of the Mayer Museum, 2501 W. Avenue N.

    Faculty members may request primary source instruction by contacting Shannon Sturm, Head of Special Collections and Programs, at or 325-942-2164.

  • Online Resources

    Students, faculty, and staff have access to hundreds of databases, accessible alphabetically or by subject.  Check out our Online Resources page.  Need help using one?  We can help!  Contact one of our reference librarians.

  • U-Search

    Search approximately 75% of our most popular databases simultaneously!  The search will return links to full-text articles and e-books, as well as citations, abstracts, and catalog entries in RamCat of print and digital materials the library owns. 

    Try out U-Search and let us know at how we can better customize it to meet your needs!

Borrow Materials from Other Libraries

  • Interlibrary Loans

    Interlibrary Loans

    Interlibrary Loans (for ALL dual credit students) give you access to items the Library does not own!

    Articles from most resources not owned by the ASU Library can often be obtained at no charge by all dual credit via interlibrary loan from other libraries. These articles, subject to copyright restrictions, will be emailed to students’ ASU email accounts. Additionally, the majority of books that ASU does not own can be obtained at no charge via interlibrary loan, with priority for processing given to those titles required for academic studies.  Dual credit students living in Tom Green County must check out interlibrary loaned books at the Library’s Circulation Desk using their Dual Credit ID Card (available from the OneCard office).  Dual credit students living outside of Tom Green County will have materials sent to them via insured mail, with a postage paid insured return envelope. All interlibrary loan books are first delivered to the ASU Library before being processed. Therefore, dual credit students are encouraged to consider using their local library’s interlibrary loan service, if available, to speed access and avoid overdue fines.

    To request materials through interlibrary loan, please use the appropriate interlibrary loan form available at Interlibrary Loan Unit webpage, or the interlibrary loan option available in many of the Library’s online databases.  Be sure to indicate that you are a dual credit student, and use your ASU email address.

    Have questions? Interlibrary Loan FAQ

    Please contact us at or 325-486-6551.

  • Get a TexShare Card

    Access the collections of academic and public libraries all over Texas — get a TexShare Card!  They’re good for one semester at a time.  The card enables you to go to a member library and check out items from their collection.  Find a member library near you!

    On-campus - ASU currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff: bring your picture ID and ASU OneCard to the Library Circulation Desk, and we’ll issue you a TexShare card.

    ATTENTION: Distance Learning and Dual Credit Students
    ASU currently enrolled students who do not have an ASU OneCard may obtain a TexShare Card by following the steps below:

    1. Scan or photocopy your driver’s license and ASU ID Card on a sheet of paper and add the following information:
      • your CID
      • current mailing address
      • phone number
      • note requesting a TexShare card.
    2. Send your request via one of the following means:
      • Fax it to Circulation Desk, ASU Library, at 325-942-2198,
      • Mail it to:
        Porter Henderson Library
        Attn: Circulation Desk
        Angelo State University
        ASU Station #11013
        San Angelo, TX 76909-1013
    3. We will mail your TexShare card to the mailing address you provided.

    For more information about the TexShare Card program, visit the following links: