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The Access Services mission is to ensure that all library patrons receive personal attention in accessing and obtaining the library material needed in a pleasant, helpful and timely manner. We strive to provide services and tools needed to reach individual and educational goals. The Access Services Department offers the following services from the Circulation Desk: Guest Accounts, Reserves, Room reservations, Group Study Rooms, Traces, holds, and recalls, Fax, Photocopy, Library courier, and Lockers.

Group study rooms are available for checkout on the third floor and fourth floor. The rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are limited to SFA students, faculty, and staff. Keys must be checked out from the Circulation Desk.

To check out or renew books, you must be a registered borrower and present either: a valid SFA student id card, an SFA or Nacogdoches Public Library card, or a driver's license. The regular loan period is 21 days, and the faculty loan period is 160 days. Graduate students taking 500 or 600 level courses may check out books for extended periods upon request and verification of courses enrolled. Status must be renewed each semester. Individuals are limited to 99 items on their borrowing record at any one time. As long as items are not overdue, renewals may be made by accessing My Library Account, by phone, or in person at the Circulation desk.

Access Services

Hours: Regular Hours

Location: First floor, Steen Library

Phone: (936) 468-1497



Acquisitions Services & Interlibrary Loan purchases materials for the library, manages the Interlibrary Loan service, binds dissertations and theses, and is responsible for mending and repair of library materials.

Thesis Binding

The thesis binding service is available for those completing their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation at SFA. The Graduate Office sends all copies of your completed thesis or dissertation to the department for binding and digitizing. You must first come to the library to pay the required fees for binding, digitizing services, and postage costs. All fees are on a cost recovery basis. The Acquisitions Services & ILL is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday through Friday, and is located at the rear of the first floor of the library. Contact Sara Padelford at (936)468-4201 for details.

For more information regarding the graduate school thesis guidelines, click here.


The Opscan grading service is available to faculty from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tests can be dropped off, along with a completed Opscan form, at the Opscan Test Grading office, Rm. 103.

Results will be e-mailed to the faculty member’s SFASU e-mail address. For more information call 468-1085 or email

The Opscan grading service only supports Scantron Form 30423 at this time.

Acquisition Services & Interlibrary Loan

Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Location: First floor, Steen Library

Phone: (936) 468-1671



The Cataloging Department supports the teaching and research programs of the university and broader communities by cataloging and providing intellectual and physical access to library collections. The department maintains accurate records in the library catalog and OCLC to promote resource sharing.

Cataloging Services

Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Location: First floor, Steen Library

Phone: (936) 468-1714


Share your scholarly work from SFA in ScholarWorks. The Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS) offers support and assistance to faculty, students, and community members in the development and creation of digital information. These services include digitization of paper-based items and multimedia conversion (audio cassettes, VHS, and miniDV). Interested parties are encouraged to contact the CDS at or visit Library Room 107 for consultation.

Center for Digital Scholarship

Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Location: First floor, Steen Library

Phone: (936) 468-1445



Explore the East Texas archives, from whereever you are: Digital Archives and Collections. Donate University-related records, photos and more to us for safe keeping. Discover our tips and tricks for records management here. Donate items of historical value for preservation in the Archives. Don’t know if it has historical value? Set up an appointment with us, and find out.

East Texas Research Center

Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm, by appointment with 48 hours notice on Saturday

Location: Second floor, Steen Library

Phone: (936) 468-4100


Library Administration

The Ralph W. Steen Library provides access to relevant scholarly resources and services, flexible learning spaces, and technology support to help students achieve academic success, develop critical thinking skills, and become life-long learners. The Library supports faculty, staff, and the larger academic community in the advancement of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, service, and the preservation of the cultural and historical identities of the University and the East Texas community.

Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Location: First floor, Steen Library

Phone: (936) 468-4101

Library Systems & Web Services

The Library Systems Department supports and maintains mobile devices, laptop and desktop computers, and laser printers; manages the information technology needs for departments residing in the library as well as library computer labs and classrooms. Faculty are encouraged to utilize the LINC classroom and InfoLabs for research activities and “hands-on” technology applications instruction. Individuals not affiliated with SFA, as well as visiting classes and sponsored groups, must apply for computer guest accounts to use lab and classroom facilities. Click here for information on obtaining a guest account.

The Library Web Services Department supports and develops the delivery of library-related electronic resources to SFA students, faculty and staff as well as the East Texas community and public at large. Library Web Services collaborates with other library departments to develop informative, relevant, web-based materials in support of the University’s mission. Web Services is also over the Emerging Technologies Lab, which brings new and unique cutting edge technology and experiences to the SFA community.

Hours: Regular Hours

Location of Library Systems: First floor, Steen Library

Location of Web Services: First floor, Steen Library

Phone: 468-1498 (LINC Desk)

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Develop research skills from hands-on and classroom experience with the Research and Instructional Services department.

Library Liaisons - for classes and appointments

For research support in a particular subject area, RIS offers library liaisons located on the second floor, Steen Library, offices 202A - 202G.

To request library orientation and research instruction for an entire class, please use the Request Library Instruction on-line form.

For a one-on-one consultation regarding a particular topic, please see our Research Guides page to find your Liaison librarian by subject, and contact them through email or by phone.

Ask-A-Librarian - for general assistance or walk-in research help


Research and Instructional Services (RIS) provides support to the faculty, staff, and students of SFASU, as well as the general public. The Research librarians are happy to assist any user in their information quest, just visit the RIS Librarian Offices on the 2nd floor, rooms 202A - 202G. For a one-on-one consultation, call 468-INFO (468-4636) to request an appointment, or contact us by e-mail.

Gift Program

The Library usually does not accept outdated textbooks, popular paperbacks or magazines, books in poor condition, or U.S. government documents. Donations will be reviewed by subject librarians for addition to the collection. All items selected for the collection are cataloged and shelved with other materials in the appropriate subject field and made available to all patrons.

Location: Librarian's offices on the 2nd floor; 202A - 202G
Phone: (936) 468-4636
Email: Ask-A-Librarian

Research and Instructional Services (RIS)

Department Hours
Mon-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm

* Librarians are available on Saturday or Sunday by appointment only.
Visit this link to find out how to contact your subject librarian and schedule a consultation.

Location: Librarian's offices on the 2nd floor, Steen Library, 202A - 202G

Phone: (936) 468-4636

Email: Ask-A-Librarian

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