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Library FAQ

General Questions

What is the mission of the library?
The mission of the Ralph W. Steen Library is to offer an array of informational, educational and research support services intended to further the University’s mission of excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work, and service. The official mission statement can be viewed here.

Where is the library?

The Ralph W. Steen Library can be found here on the campus map. (The library is #81 on the map.)


When is the library open?

Hours of operation for the library can be found in the "Library Hours" section of the library's Help page, located on the left side of the page towards the top. This section includes standard, and special/holiday hours.


Where can I find a map of the library?

A map can be found on the home page under the About Steen Library section. Just click on the Library Map link.


What is "My Account?"

Use “My Library Account” in the library’s Online Catalog to see what items you have checked out, if you owe a fine, pay your fines by credit card, or to place a hold on checked-out material. To use the “My Library Account” feature, contact the Steen Library or the Nacogdoches Public Library for assistance.


What rooms are available for meetings and group study?

Group study rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are limited to SFA students, staff, and faculty. There are eight such rooms on the 3rd floor, and ten on the 4th floor. The Wyatt Room on the first floor can be reserved for university-related receptions, large group meetings, lectures, etc. Capacity seating ranges from 60 to 100 people. Contact the Circulation Desk (468-1497) to reserve the Wyatt Room. Interactive Library Map 


Whom do I contact about getting my dissertation or thesis bound?

Contact Technical Services at 468-1671.


Where can I have a snack or beverage?

A coffee shop and a vending area are located just outside the main entrance of the library.


Are there telephones available for the general public?

There are two telephones available for public use in the library. They are near the Circulation Desk.


How do I schedule a library instruction class for my students?

Faculty may request a library instruction lecture for students by submitting the Request Library Instruction form or by contacting your Subject Librarian. Sessions are typically held during scheduled class time in one of the library's computer classrooms, although some may be scheduled for other locations.


How do I get my OpScan test graded?

OpScan tests must be dropped off at the OpScan Grading Office (room 103) near ILL. The service is available Monday – Friday, from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm. Tests are accepted beginning the first day of class and until the day final grades are due each semester. Contact the OpScan desk (468-1085) for more information.