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Coronavirus and Library Services

Coronavirus and Library Services

Steen Library is open and observing adjusted hours. Current, students, staff, and faculty will need to swipe their SFA ID card to access the building.  Event, service, and other updates due to ongoing issues related to COVID-19 are posted here.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation. You may find regular updates about the campus response to coronavirus and ways to protect yourself at

The Library is Here to Help!

If you have any questions, please let us know, and we will reply as soon as we can.

You can also contact us by phone: (936) 468-1497

For Faculty: Support for Online-Only Instruction

Remote Library Instruction
Librarians will offer virtual class instruction.  This will be through Zoom (live or recorded) and through our Research Guides.  You can request these services through our Request Library Instruction form.

Class Resources
The library's online resources (e-books, streaming videos, and articles) are available for you to link from D2L.  If there are materials that are not available electronically, please contact us through the Ask A Librarian service and we can help provide access to those materials.  

Remote Access to the Library

The library has a rich collection of online information resources to support your research, including thousands of e-books and e-journals. You can access any of these information resources by logging in with your MySFA username and password.  


Need books and journal articles but can’t find them online? 

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services allows you to request materials and articles not owned by the Steen Library and articles and book chapters from the library's print collection.

Submit requests for materials through our online system and the item will be delivered to your email account. This service is free and in most cases you can receive your item within 24 to 48 hours.

Remote Research Assistance

Ask a Librarian Services will be available. Students, staff, and faculty can e-mail, chat (during scheduled times; TBD), call, or schedule a Zoom session with a librarian.

Set-up a research consultation with a librarian (Telephone or Zoom).


Borrowing and Returning Materials

Borrowing library materials

Library borrowers may continue to check out and use library materials.  The Circulation Desk is closed until further notice but patrons may fill out a slip at the desk to check out the materials. They may also continue to use materials already checked out. 

Returning library materials

Please return materials to the library when you can. Please do not return materials directly at the circulation desk.  You can use the book drop that is on the outside of the building.  You can also mail the books back:

United Postal Service:

Ralph W. Steen Library
Stephen F. Austin State University
P.O. Box 13055, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3055

Delivery address for courier (FedEx, UPS, DHL):​
Ralph W. Steen Library
Stephen F. Austin State University
905 E. Library Dr. W.
Nacogdoches, TX 75962

Overdue fines

The Libraries will not charge overdue fines and will delay lost material invoicing to allow library borrowers extra time to return materials.

Visit the Library

Steen Library is open and observing adjusted hours. Current students, staff, and faculty will need to use their SFA ID to access the library.

The LINC Computer Lab and most open study spaces will be available for students to use during the indicated hours.  

The Group Study Rooms,. Circulation Desk, and East Texas Research Center, however, will be closed.

Study Rooms and Open Study Areas

The library will lock and not allow usage of all study rooms during this time. Due to the usage, it will be hard to keep clean after each use.  

The library provides other study areas for students to use.  Please use proper social distancing of 6 ft.  

East Texas Research Center

The ETRC will be closed to the students, staff, faculty, and the community until further notice. ETRC staff will be available to answer questions virtually through the ASK US service on the ETRC website

The normal charge for researchers and community users concerning photocopying and scanning will be waived during this time.

School Visits and Community Member Usage

We will be not accepting any group school visits.  The library is open for community members with the adjusted hours.

Virtual Reality Lab

Due to the virus, the Virtual Reality Lab is closed until further notice.