Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Where is the library located?

The Concordia University Texas Library is located in Building F.

Directions to Campus

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Building Floor Plans (PDF)

 

  • What are the library hours?

Please check the About the Library page for current hours; hours may change due to holidays, intersession periods, and other events.

Fall and Spring semester hours are:
Mon-Thurs: 7:15a-11p
Friday: 7:15a-5p
Saturday: 12p-4p
Sunday: 2p-10p
Summer hours are:
Monday-Thursday: 8a-6p
Friday-Sunday: Closed

 

  • Are there study rooms available?

The library has several study rooms on the lower level of BLDG F. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can check out the locked study rooms for 2-hour blocks at the Information Desk with your CTX ID. Please help us keep the study rooms tidy by removing your trash and turning off the lights when you leave.

 

  • Where are the books located in the library?

CTX Library has approximately 50,000 print items. The main collection (or the stacks), over-sized collection, reference collection, juvenile collection, textbook collection, and curriculum collection are located on the lower level of the library. Reference materials are not able to be checked out, but may be used in the library. They are arranged by Library of Congress (LC) call number.

A small set of reference books and the Popular Reading Collection are located on the upper level of the library behind the Information Desk. They are also arranged by LC call number. 

CTX Library's eBook collection of over 130,000 items is available 24/7 through the eBooks tab or the eBooks icon on the library webpage. 

 

  • Where are the magazines and journals located in the library?

You can find print magazines and journals on the upper level of the library near the Information Desk. We keep a small number of past issues underneath the wooden shelves holding the current issues. Most of the past issue are on the mobile shelving units on the lower level. Magazines and journals are for library use only. A list of magazines and journals available in the library can be found here.

 

  • How long can I check out books?

The checkout periods are:

Undergraduate and ADP Students: 4 weeks
Graduate Students: 6 weeks
Faculty: 6 weeks
Staff: 4 weeks
Courtesy/TexShare card holders: 4 weeks

 

  • How can I renew my books?

Your can renew your books online (log in with the numerical portion of your Banner number & your last name) or by coming to the Information Desk. Books can be renewed once after the initial checkout period. You can renew overdue items by asking at the Information Desk. 

 

  • How much are overdue fines?

Standard checkout items: $0.25 per day, per title

Reserve items: $0.50 per hour, per title

Lost items: Replacement cost + any accrued overdue fines + $10 processing fee

Lost study room keys: $100 (don't lose this key)

Fines can be paid by either cash, credit card, or check at the Information Desk. Borrowing privileges will be suspended while you have outstanding overdue materials and unpaid fines. After a few weeks, fines will be transferred to your university account and will be payable to the accounting department.

 

  • Can I use the computer/print/make copies/scan in the library?

The Helpdesk provides a computer lab and 5 additional lobby computers in BLDG F. Printouts are free and can be retrieved at the printer/copier in the computer lab. Only black and white printing is available. Scanning services in color are also available.  The computer lab hours are the same as the library hours.

A librarian or student worker can assist you with making copies or scanning documents to your email. Faxing is not available at this time.

 

  • Is there a food and drink policy for the computer lab?

No food is allowed in the computer lab. Only drinks with screw-on lids are allowed in the computer lab.

 

  • Can I use library databases off-campus?

Yes. Library databases are accessible off campus with the use of your CTX login and password (the same login for Concordia email and on-campus computers) at our Remote Login Prompt.

 

  • Is there anywhere I can watch a film or listen to music in the library?

There is an Audio/Visual room on the lower level (F-112), near the popular scholarly journals, with a television, a DVD/VCR, and a record player. There are also headphones and portable stereos available for checkout at the Information Desk.

 

  • How can I get citation, research help?

The library provides several Research Guides and Tutorials, offering library, subject, citation, copyright and database guides/tutorials.  Librarians are available to assist you at all steps of the citation and research process. Contact the library at (512) 313-5050 or at Ask A Librarian for additional help.

 

  • How can I request a library instruction session for my class?

Please submit the request at least one week in advance to give us adequate time to prepare for the class. You may bring or send the form and your syllabus to the library.

 

  • How can I place materials on reserve for my class?

By using the Course Reserve Form (PDF). Please print and fill out the form and bring it and your reserve materials to the information desk at the library. Reserve items can either be the instructor's personal materials or materials from the library collection.

 

  • What are my options if I can't find what I'm looking for at the CTX Library?

The library can obtain books and periodical articles from other libraries using Inter-library Loan (ILL). Please come by the library to fill out a form, or contact Mikail McIntosh-Doty for more details. 
If you would like to visit another library and check out their print materials, you can get a TexShare Card from our library. Please fill out the TexShare form (PDF) and bring it and your Concordia ID to the Library Information Desk. You may also scan and email the completed form to library@concordia.edu. For additional information about the TexShare program, including participating libraries, visit the TexShare homepage.

 

  • What if my question isn't answered here?

Please contact the Library at (512) 313-5050 or at library@concordia.edu

 

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