Guide to Library Services for Members of the General Public
Find the resources you need, when you need them. Wherever you are!
Get Set Up to Use the Library
Members of the public have several options for checking out items from the library, which happens by obtaining an “affiliate” card.
The TexShare Program is one of the most popular methods and is the only no-cost method. First, you need to obtain a TexShare card from your home public or academic library (list of participating TexShare libraries), then we can create an affiliate card for you as a TexShare card holder.
Other options include becoming a:
- Library Fee Payer
- Friends of the Library member
- Alumni Association member
- President’s Circle member
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
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
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 email@example.com or 325-942-2164.