The George T. and Gladys H. Abell Library Center, opened in 1986, contains over 250,000 physical titles, including books, periodicals, and audio-visual items. Additionally, the campus community has access to thousands of electronic resources through the library’s article database subscriptions and e-book collections. In 2015, first-floor library spaces were reconfigured to create a Learning Commons, with spaces designed for collaborative interactions.
The library has cooperative borrowing agreements with other institutions and participates in interlibrary loan partnerships, effectively broadening patrons’ access to research material around the world. Librarians help students, faculty, and staff find and evaluate information; teach basic to advanced research skills classes; and collaborate with other faculty to create research-oriented assignments. Abell Library’s staff works closely with library users to arrange for course reserves, materials ordering, circulation assistance, and a variety of other services. Please visit the library’s website to find out more.
Additionally, the library offers an extended-hours study room; a computer lab; teaching and presentation spaces; multimedia equipment; and leisure reading areas. Austin College Archives and Special Collections are located on the second floor.
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