Guide to Library Services for Friends of the Library and WTC
Find the resources you need, when you need them. Wherever you are!
Get Set Up to Use the Library
Care to check out items from the library? Get an affiliate card! After you become a Friends member, bring your Driver’s License or photo ID and a copy of your Friends of the Library Agreement to the library. We’ll check the member list we receive from the Friends group and make you an affiliate card, which will enable you to borrow items.
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
Borrowing items, loan periods, renewals and overdue fines 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 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
*Loan periods depend on whether an item is recalled by another patron.
**Pay your library fines at the Circulation Desk. The Library accepts cash or checks.
Use Equipment and Facilities
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.
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
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
The Basement houses our Periodicals, U.S. and Texas Government Documents, Juvenile & Curriculum, and Microform collections.
The Basement also features:
Online Resources for Visitors and Friends - On-campus access only
If you were previously enrolled as a student or employed as faculty or staff at Angelo State University, you may notice the absence of a few subscription resources from the list accessed via the link above. Those resources, per their licenses/contracts, are only accessible by currently enrolled students, and currently employed faculty/staff.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-942-2164.
Borrow Materials from Other Libraries
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!