The Downs-Jones Library contains an extensive collection of both print and non-print media, in addition to providing access to a range of electronic databases. Despite the library’s offerings, a substantial bulk of the world’s literature, poetry, film, and scholastic output is not immediately available for our students due to the limits of time and physical space. Perhaps you are looking for a copy of a novel from the New York Times Best Seller list you can’t find on our shelves? Or maybe you are conducting research on a specific topic and you are unable to find a pertinent journal in our databases? What are your options when you need to surpass the limits of our physical and electronic resources?
The first way to obtain materials from outside of our collection is through the TexShare Program. Students can come into the library and speak with any of our librarians to obtain a TexShare Card that will remain valid until the end of the current semester. Once you have obtained your card, you will gain access to over 500 participating libraries across the state of Texas. You can use the Find-A-Library site or the TexShare Card Map to assist you in finding libraries that are participating in the program. Be sure to bring your Huston-Tillotson ID in addition to your TexShare Card when visiting other libraries.
Another option for students looking for materials outside of our collection is our Interlibrary Loan Service. All currently enrolled HT students are able to submit a request for books, articles, audiovisual materials, and other items that are not available in our collection. Students need to complete an Interlibrary Loan Request Form as thoroughly as possible and then submit the request to our Technical Services Librarian at email@example.com. The process can take up to two weeks and some materials will be more difficult to obtain than others, but in most cases we will be able to acquire the items of interest.
The next time your search through our catalog comes up lacking, consider utilizing the TexShare Program or our Interlibrary Loan Service to reach beyond the limits of our collection.