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Guide to Library Services for Faculty

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Borrow Materials

  • Get Set Up to Use the Library

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

    • An activated ASU OneCard or Faculty/Staff 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 activated ASU OneCard or Faculty/Staff ID

    Obtain a card by contacting the OneCard Office. (If you are waiting for your card to arrive, you can get a temporary ID through the OneCard office.)  When you receive your card, you can activate it here.

    Activate your Technology Access Account

    Many people activate their account at orientation. You need it for most online services at ASU — and at the library, it includes the online databases and periodicals. To activate it:

    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.

  • Borrowing Periods, Fines & Renewals
    Borrowing items, loan periods, renewals and overdue fines
    Item Type Loan Period* Renewals Overdue Fines
    Books on the 2nd floor 120 days 5 none
    Juvenile books 120 days 5 none
    Government Documents - books 21 days 5 none
    Government Documents - maps & CDs 7 days 2 none
    Interlibrary loans varies varies $1.00/day/item
    DVDs, VHSs, CDs 7 days 2 none
    Closed/Permanent reserves 2 hours 0 none
    1-day reserve 7 days 0 none
    3-day reserves 7 days 0 none

    *Loan periods depend on whether an item is recalled by another patron.

  • Document Delivery

    Document Delivery

    Need resources not available through the ASU Library’s online holdings? ASU faculty who live in any location outside of Coke, Concho, Irion, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, or Tom Green counties can request eligible Library resources through document delivery.

    Faculty living in the local counties of Coke, Concho, Irion, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, or Tom Green must come to the ASU Library to locate and check out material owned by the Library and to pick up books and media obtained through Interlibrary loan.

    Document Delivery (for non-local faculty) Gives you 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 non-local faculty’s Angelo State account, subject to copyright restrictions.

    Circulating items from the Library’s print and media collection are available to be checked out by non-local faculty.  Requested books and media will be sent from ASU via insured mail, with a postage paid insured return envelope.

    To request materials through document delivery or 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 non-local faculty member, and use your ASU email address.

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

  • Course Reserves

    Instructors who have placed items on reserve for their courses can check them out from the library according to the following schedule:

    Reservation types, loan periods, renewals and fines
    Reserve Type Loan Period Renewals Fines
    Closed/Permanent Reserves 7 days 0 0
    1-day Reserves 7 days 0 0
    3-day Reserves 7 days 0 0

Use Equipment and Facilities

  • 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.

  • 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 activated OneCard to the Technical Assistance Desk in the Learning Commons to check out laptops, headphones, cables, and other technology-related equipment.

  • 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


  • Angelo State University Digital Repository

    ASUDR is home for anything from student theses and faculty postprints from journals, to staff newsletters. It also houses the digital files of the West Texas Collection. For those at ASU, if you hold copyright or permissions for it, this is the place to post your scholarly works on the web. Contact the Digital Repository librarian for more information.

  • 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!

Course Support

  • Blackboard Curriculum Builder/Reading List Creation

    Faculty can create course reading lists with items discovered and linked from U-Search while never leaving the Blackboard platform. These lists can be used to supplement other course materials or could be used in place of a traditional textbook.

    Current instructions on setting up and using this tool are available here.

    Faculty can get additional assistance by contacting Mark Allan at 325-486-6535 or; or Information Technology’s eLearning center at 325-486-6263 or

  • Copyright Clearance Center Assistance

    Each faculty member is responsible for obtaining or arranging to obtain copyright permissions for classroom handouts, photocopies for library reserve use or online posting of materials. The Interlibrary Loans (Reference) staff of the library at Angelo State University offers assistance with obtaining copyright permissions through the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).

    This service ensures that requests comply with Fair Use, the rights of copyright holders, and the current Copyright Law. All requests must be used for non-profit, educational purposes.

    While the Library does not charge for this service, fees charged by the CCC must be borne by the requesting faculty/University department.

  • Place Items on Reserve

    Would you like to make electronic readings freely accessible to your students for a class?  Put them on eReserve!


    This allows students to access materials any time.  With e-Reserves you have the option of placing articles, personal items, chapters from books, and reference materials on reserve in an electronic format. 

    To place items on e-Reserve
    Option 1: Bring the physical materials and a completed E-Reserve Request form (one form per item) to the Circulation desk.
    Option 2: To do it electronically, you may submit the data and a completed E-Reserve Request form (one form per item) via email to for processing by Library staff.

    NOTE:  The same Item cannot be placed on reserve in the Library and on E-Reserve.

    * Reserve requests and materials must be submitted at least one working week prior to the date on which the materials are needed by students.

    For additional information regarding Course Reserves call the Circulation desk at 325-486-6523.

  • Request a Research Guide

    Will your students be performing research this semester?  Request a Research Guide for your class!  Research Guides are annotated lists of print and online research materials that are curated by librarians to highlight important resources students will find useful in their course work.  They are divided into six areas: reference, books, databases, news, websites, and videos. Linked from the library’s homepage, Research Guides are available online 24/7 and can be conveniently connected to courses on Blackboard.

    To request a Research Guide, please contact Kim Wirth at 325-486-6527 or

  • Video Tutorials & Online Instruction Sessions

    Will your students be performing research this semester? ASU librarians can demonstrate the latest and most effective methods for doing research. We recommend a flipped classroom style approach to library instruction. Students complete video tutorials followed up with a librarian-led online Information Literacy Session.

    Video Tutorials with Quiz

    For your convenience, our Critical Thinking and Research Skills tutorials are housed in Blackboard. Enroll your students in the Critical Thinking and/or Research Skills modules. Each video tutorial covers various information/media literacy concepts and has optional accompanying quizzes.

    Use these links to learn more about the Blackboard tutorials and enroll your class(es).

    Online Instruction: Information Literacy Sessions

    We have scaffolded the Information Literacy Sessions to meet the needs of different courses while advancing student research skills and critical thinking. Typically, sessions focus on teaching students how to use general or topic-specific resources available online, as well as critically evaluating and synthesizing information.  We’ll be happy to work with you to focus on instruction that will be the most effective for your needs.

    To schedule an Information Literacy Session please use our Library Instruction Request Form, or contact Kim Wirth (x6527) or Mark Allan (x6535).

    Our Instruction Mission Statement.

  • Reserve the Media Viewing Room

    The Media Collection has a small Viewing Room that can accommodate approximately 20 people. Faculty wishing to use the Viewing Room for a class should contact the Circulation Desk at 325-486-6523 or via email at to reserve this space.

Borrow Materials from Other Libraries

  • 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:

  • Interlibrary Loans
    On Campus

    In need of items the Library doesn’t own?  ASU students, faculty, staff, and Friends of the Library can often get them from other libraries, through a process called “interlibrary loan” or “ILL.”  To learn more about this service, check out our ILL webpage!