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Frequently Asked Questions -- Access and Borrowing
Access an electronic book owned by the library? Access library databases from off-campus?
Access special Collections Borrow books from other Abilene Library Consortium libraries?
Borrow library materials if I am not currently faculty, staff or a student? Borrow materials which are not available locally?
Check out materials? Discuss a library bill for items that have been damaged or lost?
Ebooks on mobile devices
Find materials owned by the library? Get research help?
How long is the checkout period? Renew books online?
Return materials? Place a hold on an item?
View my library account?

 

 

 

Access an electronic book owned by the library?
E-books are listed the same way as hard copy books. In the hit list they will be indicated by [electronic resource] after the title. In Research h Round up click on the left click on the “Retrieve Item from the Catalog” or if you are already in the catalog click the “Where Is It?” button for the item. The click on the appropriate URL to link to the book. Once you click on the link a new window will open for the e-book.

Access library databases from off-campus?
Go to the HSU website. Click on the library link at the bottom right of the page. When prompted (pop-up login screen) enter the 13 digit number found under the barcode on the back of your student ID card or that was distributed to you in class. Only current HSU students, faculty and staff with activated IDs may use the library subscription databases from off campus. Please come by the Circulation desk or contact us @ 325-671-2151 if you need to activate your ID card.

Access special collections?
Most of the library special collections are not open to the public. The Richardson Research Center for the Southwest is open from 2-5 on weekdays. Please contact the office of the Dean of Libraries at 325-670-1230 with further questions about access.

Borrow books from other Abilene Library Consortium libraries?
You may check out materials with your HSU ID card in person or see the FAQ on placing a hold.

Borrow library materials if I am not currently faculty, staff or a student?
The library honors cards from the other Abilene Library Consortium Libraries, TexShare and also issues HSU Associate cards for $20 per year. Ministers at churches that are affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas may get Associate cards at no cost.

Borrow materials which are not available locally?
There is a service called Interlibrary Loan in which we will send requests to other libraries outside Abilene for items that you cannot locate locally. There is a form on the library webpage in which you provide the required information to make the request.

Check out materials?
A current HSU ID card is your library card. For other Abilene Library Consortium libraries your college ID or Abilene Public Library card is used to check out materials.

Discuss a library bill for items that have been damaged or lost?
Contact the Circulation Supervisor at 325-670-1235, there is a $60.00 minimum charge on for lost or severally damaged books

Find materials owned by the library?
Click on Find Books and More. This will take you to the online catalog which will allow you to search for items that the library owns, including titles of periodicals.

Get research help?
There are several options. You may come into the library in person and ask at the Information desk or the Circulation desk or you may click on the Ask a Librarian button for text, email, and phone options.

How long is the checkout period?
HSU undergraduate students have a 3 week checkout period on most HSU library materials. HSU graduate students have a 4 week checkout. HSU faculty may check out materials for 17 weeks or the length of the semester. Some other materials such as media materials have shorter checkout periods. Other Abilene Library Consortium patrons get a 3 week checkout on items that circulate to them.

Place a hold on an item?
Click on the title of the item. If you are in Research h Round up click on the left click on the “Retrieve Item from the Catalog” or if you are already in the catalog click the “Where Is It?” button for the item. On this screen, click place hold on the left side of the screen. Enter the 13 digit barcode number on the back of your ID, your library PIN, and choose a pick-up location. Then click place hold. You will be notified via email when your item is available for checkout.

Renew books online?
See View My Library Account above. You may renew online if the item does not have a hold on it, is not overdue, or hasn’t been renewed more than two times.

Return materials?
Materials may be returned at the Circulation desk in the Richardson Library or the Smith Music Library. There are also outside book drop location on the front (northeast of the door) and in the back (west side in the driveway) of the library. Materials may also be returned at any Abilene Library Consortium location.

View my library account?
In bottom left of the library page click on Check Your Library Account. Log in using the barcode on the back of your HSU ID card and your library PIN (last four digits of your Social Security Number). After that you will go into the online catalog where you will see “My Account” and once you click on that you will be allowed to view you checkouts/due dates, hold requests, and renew materials.

View an Ebook on my mobile device?
eBooks on EBSCOhost User Guide
Which portable devices are compatible with eBooks on EBSCOhost?
How can I print or save eBook pages as a PDF?
How can I send saved eBook pages in PDF format to my Kindle device?
How can I download eBooks to an Android device and read them using the Aldiko Book Reader app?
eBooks Getting Started and Troubleshooting for Apple Devices--video
Overview of ebrary download options--
Electronic books on ebrary quick guide—