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If We Don't Have What You Need

If for any reason our library doesn't have what you need, please don't give up--we want to help! Here are a few possible remedies:

Request an Interlibrary Loan

Request an item not owned by our library. (We'll place a request with other libraries nationwide to lend the item.)
Best choice when: You need an item within 2-3 weeks.

Request Rush Processing

Request rush processing of an item that the online catalog lists as "in-process," "on order," "under consideration," or some other non-available status.
We can usually make the item available within 3 days.

Request a Search

If the online catalog says an item is "available", but it's not found on the shelf... we share in your frustration! Please come to the front desk and notify a staff member. We will fill out a form and conduct a thorough search of the item. If you wish, we can contact you when/if the item is found. If we cannot find the item, we will strive to order a suitable replacement.

Request a Hold on Checked-Out Item

If the library catalog tells you that your desired item is checked out (the "Current Status" shows a due date), look for the “Request/Hold” link to the right of the listing.  (You also have the ability to place a request/hold on an item that is available.)
catalog record showing request button

When you click the Request/Hold button:

  • You'll be prompted to log in with your TXST NetID and password.
  • You can select your desired pickup location (Alkek, Music Library, RRC, or ARC). 
  • You'll receive an email telling you when the item becomes available for you; it will be held at the desired library's circulation desk.

Get a TexShare Card / Search Area Libraries

Request a TexShare Card to get (free of charge!) borrowing privileges when visiting participating libraries.
Best choice when: You know the item you want is available at a participating library, and you wish to go there directly to borrow the item.

Here are links to the catalogues of some nearby libraries:

Make Purchase Request

Recommend an item to be added to the library's collection.
Best choice when: You're not in a hurry. Ordering/processing can take a couple of months. But even so, your suggestions will help make the library a better place in the long run!