Monday, October 15, 2012

Using Other Libraries

 We in Austin are fortunate to have a wealth of libraries. 
ACC students have access to almost all of them.

TexShare is a state-funded service that allows you to use almost every library in the state. Get a free TexShare card by filling out a form at any ACC library. Rules may vary some at individual libraries as to which materials may be borrowed. The TexShare card allows you to check out books from the University of Texas and Texas State University, among others.

Austin Public Library ( -With over two dozen branches, APL is a convenient source. In addition to books, they have many videos, audiobooks, music CDs, and a collection of online databases that can be accessed by those with a library card. If you don't live in Austin, you can get a TexShare card (see above) and use the library. The Round Rock Public Library ( also participates in TexShare.

University of Texas at Austin Library ( - UT has 13 libraries on campus with over 5 million books. A TexShare card (see above) allows ACC students and staff to check out most material. Their huge collection of e-books and databases is only available by visiting the libraries in person and obtaining a temporary EID ("electronic ID").

Texas State University, St. Edward's University, Huston-Tillotson University are other area libraries that participate in TexShare.

Interlibrary Loan
If you need a specific book or article that isn't available nearby, you can request it through interlibrary loan. The ACC Library Services can borrow from a libraries all over the nation. Fill out the online form. (This service does NOT work for textbooks.) Expect it to take 10 or more days for an interlibrary loan to arrive.

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