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Services for Honors Students

Special Services Just for Honors Students

Services of Special Interest to Honors Students:

Abell Library offers a variety of services to the Austin College community. Most of the services listed below are available to all students, but certain privileges are designated only for honors students.

A list of phone numbers and e-mail addresses for Abell Library personnel referred to in the text below is provided on the back.

Special Services Just for Honors Students

Individual Thesis Consultation Abell's librarians are available to meet with honors students to discuss research techniques and possible resources to locate information for your specific thesis topic. Please schedule an appointment with any librarian to help you use research tools available at Abell Library and obtain resources from other libraries.

Extended Check-out Privileges To increase from a 28-day to a semester-long check-out for books, simply schedule a thesis consultation with any librarian to discuss your research project. After that meeting the librarian will notify the Circulation Supervisor to update your check-out time period. Then the Circulation Supervisor will email you to explain the details of this privilege. As always, check your due date receipts and your emails from the Abell Library.

Study Rooms Contact Kay Garner, Assistant to the College Librarian, to reserve one of the library's study rooms for honors students and to obtain a key. These rooms are located on the west wall of the second floor of the library and are shared with up to 3 other honors students. Ports are activated for laptop use in all of these rooms.

Services of Special Interest to Honors Students

TexShare Library Cards A TexShare Library Card grants you specific borrowing privileges at a variety of college, university, and public libraries throughout Texas. Contact Shannon Fox , User Services Librarian, or Donna Flatt, Circulation Supervisor, at the Circulation Desk for more information.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Obtain articles and books from other libraries via interlibrary loan. Certain items in Special Collections may not be available for lending, so please discuss your requests with a librarian, and we will assist you in obtaining available materials free of charge. Request forms for books and articles are available online from Abell Library’s home page. Items are usually received within one to two weeks. Contact Abigail MacFarlane , ILL, Shannon Fox-Teichmann or one of the other librarians for more information.

On- and Off-Campus Access to Abell's Electronic Resources Abell Library subscribes to many electronic databases that you can access in the library, from any computer on campus, and even anywhere in the world you have Internet access. These resources provide an index to journals in a variety of disciplines, as well as newspapers and government publications. The majority of our databases offer some full-text articles. For more information, look at our web page A to Z Electronic Resources or come to the Reference Desk in the library.

Reference Collection Our collection of Reference Books may include resources to help you get started or offer additional insights as you read other books and articles related to your topic. Don’t overlook this valuable collection of information, which includes specialized dictionaries and encyclopedias, chronologies, biographical resources, and bibliographies. You can limit a subject search in our library catalog to type: REFITEM or ask a librarian for assistance in locating appropriate reference materials.

If you have questions or comments about any library services, please contact us in person or by e-mail, phone, or campus mail.

Abell Library Center Contacts

Campus Mail --  Suite 6L


E-mail Address


John West

Library Director

Position Vacant

Instruction & Reference Librarian


Position Vacant

User Services  & ILL Librarian


Justin Banks

College Archivist

Shannon Fox

Electronic Services Librarian

LadyJane Hickey

Bibliographic Services Librarian

Library Staff

E-mail Address


Kay Garner

Assistant to Library Director

Abigail MacFarlane


Donna Flatt

Circulation Supervisor

Other Important Numbers

Circulation/Reserves Desk


Reference Desk


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