Circulation Desk: As you enter the library, on your left is the circulation desk. Here you can check out a book, find reserve materials, buy a copy card, obtain change for the photocopier and reader-printer machines, or receive help if you find something missing from the reference or general collection stacks. A proper I.D. is needed to check out materials.
- Austin College students may check out the regular circulating collection books for 28 days.
Books can be renewed, and this can be done by a telephone call to the circulation desk (ext. 2236), or online using your Austin College I.D.
If you lose a book, please contact Donna Flatt, Circulation Supervisor (ext. 2518), as soon as possible.
Reserve Collection: Often your professor may want an entire class to read a particular article or chapter of a book. Books, articles, videotapes and audiocassettes will be placed in the reserve collection at the Circulation Desk so everyone will have an opportunity to use them. Some reserve materials will be made available in electronic version. The reserve materials at the Circulation Desk are arranged by instructor and class. You will need to search our computer catalog for reserve items. There are limited checkout times for what is kept here, and some materials cannot leave the library at all. To avoid overdue charges, please return reserve materials directly to a library staff member or student assistant at the desk or in the reserve book drop.
If you have questions about overdues, please discuss them with Donna Flatt (ext. 2518) as soon as possible. Student assistants cannot change fines that have been charged to you.
Reference Assistance: Often your use of the library will begin with a question for a Librarian. The Librarians are here to help you find the information you need. They can help you locate facts and figures in the reference collection, use the computer catalog to find books, search the various periodical indexes in both paper and electronic formats, and retrieve information from the Internet. Please ask for a Librarian at the Circulation Desk when you need some direction or assistance with your research. Remember that the librarians are here to help you!
Leisure Reading Collection: You may want to check out our Leisure Reading Collection of popular books. Located on the shelves to the right of the Circulation Desk, these books include fiction and non-fiction to be read for pleasure or information. The library selects these books from best-seller lists and other sources. New books will be added periodically and older volumes will be moved to our Circulating Collection on the second floor.
Computer Workstations: As you walk North past the Circulation Desk, to your right you'll see a U-shaped cluster with public access computer workstations. They provide access to the library's catalog and various databases to which the library subscribes. Brochures with information about Abell Library and our databases are available on the counter.
New Books and Reading Area: To your left are two book shelves in the collection. You may want to check out what is new in the library and see what your professors have recently ordered. Small clusters of stuffed chairs provide a comfortable reading area to look at the new books or other reading material, such as current popular magazines and local newspapers. If you wish to work on a laptop, wireless access is available here and throughout most of the library.
Reference Collection: Moving west beyond the Media Collection you will find tall shelves with more media on the left and then Abell's Reference Collection. This contains atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, bibliographies, indexes and numerous other sources of information. Often these sources are a good place to start using the library and lead you to the more extensive sources in the library. In this area (the second set of stacks) are several indexes that pre-date the information available through the computer workstations and help you to locate periodical articles in older publications. Books in the reference collection do not circulate outside the library.
Beyond the Reference Collection of the wall to your left near the elevator, you’ll see the collection of Honors’ theses and Masters’ theses completed by Austin College students. These items are for library use only.
Audiovisual & Microforms Area: As you walk from the Reference area to the west side of the library you will find a room containing carrels with equipment for viewing microfilm, microfiche, DVDs, and videotapes, as well as equipment for listening to audiocassettes. You will need to check out headphones from the Circulation Desk for listening purposes. Around the corner to your right (past the Maps & Atlases) are several metal cabinets containing periodical and newspaper articles on microfilm or microfiche. We have reader-printers (as pictured on the right) to copy both microfilm and microfiche beside the Reading Area (#5). Please ask a librarian to help you use these.
Quiet Study Area: Next to the microform cabinets is a room designated as a study area. When you need a quiet place to study or read, try one of the study carrels in this area. Please notify someone at the Circulation Desk if noise is a problem in this area.
Periodicals: Leaving the Quiet Area going east you will enter the bound periodical stacks. Older magazines and journals are bound to preserve them and organized alphabetically by title. Next to the bound periodical stacks are the current periodicals and newspapers. The current periodicals also are arranged alphabetically by title. The current newspapers are located on the shelves against the wall.
Photocopier Machine: Beyond the current newspapers, close to the staircase, is a photocopier machine. Another photocopier machine is located in the Extended Study Room. The charge is ten cents per copy. The machines accept coins and bills. If you have any problems with any of the photocopiers, please notify someone at the Circulation Desk.
Second Floor: While there is more to see on the first floor (more about that later), the next stop on your tour of the library is the second floor. This has been designated as a QUIET study floor. As you enter the second floor you will see that it contains the circulating book collection--books which can be checked out. It is arranged by the Library of Congress Classification system. The call numbers have an alphabetical designation beginning with A and ending with Z. The classification system is an attempt to group books on similar subjects together as much as possible. The books classed from A-H are to your right; the books from J-Z are to your left. Oversized books are placed on separate shelves in this area.
Instructional Computer Classroom: If you turn to your right as you enter the second floor and walk to the far north part of the library, you will go by the Instructional Computer Classroom. This room is used only for scheduled classes and is not available for individual student use. Pat Means, ext. 2395, schedules this room.
Study Areas: There are several good study areas on the second floor of the library. One such study area is right outside the Conference Room. Wireless access is available here and throughout most of the library. Further to the west part of the library are individual study carrels. Please respect the rights of your fellow students to have a quiet place in which to study.
Faculty and Honor Students’ Study Rooms: To the far west on the second floor of the library are study rooms for faculty members engaged in research projects and other rooms for senior honors students working on honors theses. These rooms are reserved through Kay Garner, Executive Secretary to John West, Library Director, (ext. 2490).
Group Study Rooms: As you continue around the second floor of the library, you will find a series of individual rooms. Two or more students may reserve these rooms for group study. If you have a collaborative project involving discussion with several students, we encourage you to check out one of these rooms through the Circulation Desk.
Audio-Visual Group Viewing Rooms: Group study rooms 224 and 225 have been set aside as a priority for audio-visual group viewing. When three or more students or faculty need to view the same movie or film, they can reserve this room for group viewing. These rooms will be used for group study, but preference will be given when a group has an audio-visual viewing need. The cabinet stand that holds the TV contains VCR/DVD viewing equipment. The cabinet remains locked; keys can be checked out from the Circulation Desk when a group reserves room 225 for the purpose of viewing media.
Special Collections and Archives Suite: Contains various special collections and rare books, such as a collection of books autographed by their authors, a collection of books on Texas history, some 19th century periodicals, and other books dating back to the 16th century. A facsimile of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript written around 800 AD., is displayed in a glass case. The Austin College Archives is also part of this collection. Justin Banks, Austin College Archivist (ext. 2557), supervises this facility. You can make an appointment with him to examine some of the materials in the collection. Certain books in the Texana collection can circulate to Austin College students, but most materials set aside as a Special Collection must be used within the Reading Room.
Bibliographic Instruction Room: The tour of the second floor is completed by walking by the bibliographic instruction room. This room is often used to provide instructions on the use of library resources and for classes to view dvds and videos. The Bibliographic Instruction Classroom is scheduled for meetings by Pat Means (ext. 2395).
Please go back down the stairs to the main floor of the library. An elevator is available if needed.
Abell’s Clyde L. Hall Computer Classroom: If you turn to your left at the base of the stairs, you will pass by the Clyde L. Hall Computer Classroom. This room contains computers with selected software for student use. This room is only available for use by members of the Austin College community and is occasionally reserved for classes. It is open to students whenever not being used by a class. Pat Means also schedules this room.
Extended Study Room: South of the Circulation Desk to the right of the Exit, this room is available for student use 24 hours a day. When the library is closed, a card reader is used with the Austin College barcoded ID to gain access to this room for quiet study.
Telephone, Photocopier Machine, and Computers: The Extended Study Room contains a telephonefor local calls and a second copier machine. It is also a designated area for cell phone use. Please respect the rights of your fellow students and do not have extended or loud conversations on the telephone. It is placed there for the convenience of everyone.
Thirteen workstations, 1Mac, and printers (one color!) are available for student use in the Extended Study Room. The software programs on these computers are identical to those in the Abell Microcomputer Lab (# 23). Wireless access is available for use of laptops. Please conserve use of the printers to avoid wasting toner and paper.
Snacks and Drink: We want to remind you that snacks and drinks are discouraged within the library. Snack food and drinks are allowed in the Extended Study Room. Since the library is heavily used, it is a challenge to keep it well maintained. In addition, food and drinks attract insects that damage the books. We trust that you understand and will respect this policy.We hope that you have enjoyed your tour of the library and will feel free to ask questions of members of the library staff as you use the library. Also, please keep this guide for future reference. On the back is further information regarding policies and hours.
The Library Staff