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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, Group Study Rooms, Traces, holds, and recalls, Fax, Photocopy, Library courier, and Lockers.

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

Email: circdesk@sfasu.edu


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

Acquisition Services & Interlibrary Loan

Hours: M-F 8am - 5pm

Location: First floor, Steen Library

Acquisitions, Binding, and Mending: libacquisitions@sfasu.edu
Interlibrary Loan: requests@sfasu.edu


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 cds@sfasu.edu 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

Email: cds@sfasu.edu


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

Email: asketrc@sfasu.edu

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: Second floor, Steen Library

Phone: (936) 468-4101


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. You can also schedule a research consultation 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: Library Administration Office; 202A - 202G
Phone: (936) 468-1537
Email: Ask-A-Librarian

Research and Instructional Services (RIS)

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Mon-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm

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