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Library Departments

Administration

The Library Director's office is located on the third floor of the library.  

  • Library Administration: 817-531-4821, 
     

Circulation

The Circulation Desk's mission is to facilitate patron access to library services and materials. General library information, interlibrary loan, media services, parking stickers, course reserves, TexShare Cards, wireless card checkouts, Wesleyan IDs, and print management accounts are handled by the Circulation department. Located on the 1st floor by the entrance.

Collection Development & Acquisitions

The library collection is continually built and developed to meet the present and future information needs of students and faculty.  The Library adheres to the American Library Association's documents on intellectual  freedom: Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, and the Intellectual Freedom Statement.  The Collection Development & Acquisitions department handles selecting new resources for the collection, relying heavily on faculty input; purchasing resources; deaquisitions processes; and handeling gifts from donors.  All Texas Wesleyan community members are welcome to suggest a new resource purchase.  Criteria taken into consideration when making final selection decisions include: relevance of the subject matter to the collection; timeliness or permanence; authoritativeness; accuracy of information; author's reputation and significance as a writer; inclusion of the title in recognized bibliographies; price; and availability of materials on the subject.

the library shall endeavor to serve the students, faculty, and staff
of the Wesleyan
community by building a collection that will meet the present and future information needs.

Digital Initiatives

The digital collection is comprised of digital files of West Library archives, and academic work created by faculty, students and the Texas Wesleyan community.  The Digital Archive(link) database holds digital archives.  The Academic Archive is Texas Wesleyan University's institutional repository where all outstanding academic work can be accessed.

Interlibrary Loan & Technical Services

The Technical Services Department manages the collection from behind-the-scenes, from cataloging and preserving new library purhcases, to collection inventory and repair.  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a services available to all Texas Wesleyan Community members, allowing the West Library to borrow resources not available in our own collection, from other libraries across the world.  This significantly grows the breadth of the resources available to students and faculty.  To request an interlibary loan, please fill out the online form(link).  

Periodicals

The Periodicals Department actively supports West Library's mission by providing University students, faculty, and alumni topical, up-to-date information from a variety of disciplines and catering to a variety of interests. Periodicals which support curriculum needs and general interest are provided. The department assists library patrons in using periodicals in paper, in microform, and in electronic formats. Located on the 2nd floor.

Reference & Instruction

The Reference and Instruction Department's ultimate purpose is to connect students, faculty, and staff with the information they seek. Thus, this department facilitates patron access to information resources and provides instruction on the use and potential of those resources. Anyone is welcome to come by the reference desk for assistance during reference hours, or to schedule an individual consultation by contacting the reference department to schedule a time. Faculty can also schedule an instruction librarian to speak with their students on research topics pariticular to their course requirements and curriculum.

Special Collections 

The Special Collections Department supports the courses of study offered and anticipated by the university at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department's goals are to provide archival support to the university and to fulfill the obligation of the West Library to preserve rare and special materials. The Special Collection includes an extensive book collection as well as information on local history in a variety of formats. The Special Collections Department houses the archives of Texas Wesleyan University, The Bobby Bragan Collection, The H. Howard Hughes Performing Arts Collection, and other archival and personal collections related to the history of the University or Polytechnic Heights.

Systems

The Systems Librarian is the IT specialist of the library.  The Systems Librarian maintains the integrated library system (ILS), discovery service, catalog, databases, the website, and more.  Located on the 2nd floor behind the Periodicals desk.

  • Systems Department: 817-531-4816, email