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Library Resources for Faculty FAQs

Q: How can I contact a librarian?

A: Faculty, staff, or students can email or use the Ask a Question button on the library website.

Q: How do I schedule library instruction for my classes?

A: Contact Mark Dibble or to arrange for course-integrated instruction sessions. These are also a great way for you to learn about TLU’s resources in your discipline! Instruction sessions can take place in the library instruction lab (20 student computer workstations), in your classroom, or virtually.  You can also fill out the Instruction Session Request Form.

Q: How do I request materials to be added to the library collection? 

A: First priority is given to materials that support the curriculum and academic programs of the university. Request forms can be found under the Make a Request link on the library website, or contact Mark Dibble or Dan Flores. Usually, we are able to fill request for one-time purchases such as books. For ongoing costs such as serials and subscriptions, we are only able to fill requests as money is available, but we encourage faculty to communicate with librarians about their needs. 

Q: How do I place physical items on reserve?

A: Faculty can place physical items on reserve, including library books, professor’s personal books, copies of articles, games, and media.

Q: How do I share electronic items with my students?

If you want students to use your Learning Management System page to access an article or ebook that the library has access to, format your link following the instructions here: Distance Learning for Faculty

Another option is to use the Resource List module in your Brightspace class. When you create a Resource List in your Brightspace class, students can use one list to access all readings and resources for your class, including things owned by the library, things uploaded by you, and things on the open web. You can either divide one large list into sections or create separate lists for separate parts of the course. You can add notes for your students to read, track student engagement with resources, and save your lists for the future. Students can submit comments on each resource, click "completed," and click to alert a librarian to any broken links so we can address them right away. To learn more, visit TLU Library - Resource List. 

Q: Other than books and journals, what can be found in the library? 


  • Public computer workstations, printing / scanning / copying, large-scale poster printing
  • Equipment available for 3-day checkout includes laptops, projectors, TurningPoint clicker kits, FitBits, and cameras
  • Collaboration tables can be found in the CoLab and the lower level
  • The second floor is a quiet study floor
  • The lower level is a learning commons that includes the IT Help Desk, Student Communication Center, University Archives, and Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Study rooms are first-come, first-serve and include whiteboards, collaboration tables, and large-scale screens
  • Active Learning Classroom B17 – Contact Center for Teaching and Learning if you are interested in teaching in this classroom
  • Instruction Lab – 20 student computer workstations - Reserved for library instruction. Can be reserved for occasional use by other classes - contact Mark Dibble.

Q: Who do I contact if I am having technical difficulty with the library's online resources? 

A: Email

Q: Who are the library faculty and staff members?

A: The TLU Library staff names and areas of responsibility are found at the Library Directory link.

Q: What are the library hours?

A: The hours are found at the Hours link. During the regular semester, the library usually opens at 7:30am and closes at 9pm M-Th. The library is closed on Saturdays and open on Sundays from 2-9pm. 

Ask a Librarian

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TLU librarians offer in-depth research help.


During library open hours, ask at the main desk for help finding what you need or help setting up an appointment with a librarian. 



Click on the Ask a Question tab on the right side of a library web page. It will bring you either to live chat, or to a place where you can leave a message. 


830-372-8100 (main desk)

Library directory (list of individual library staff and faculty)




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--Interlibrary Loan--

Need an item that our library doesn't own? No worries, you can email the title, author and date of what you need to or fill out a form. We can get most (but not all) articles within 2 days and many books within 4-8 days. 

For more information, visit our interlibrary loan page.

--Using databases off-campus--

If you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted for your last name (Not your network username but last name only) and your 8-digit TLU number.