Library FAQs

Does the Library have textbooks?

The Library does not purchase textbooks for courses taught at Amberton. An online bookstore for purchasing textbooks is available to all students.

Who can use the Amberton LRC?

The Amberton Library Resource Center is for the exclusive use of Amberton students, faculty, and staff. Users are required to provide proper ID (driver's license and student ID#) to check out books and use resources, such as the computer lab.

What are the LRC's operating hours?

When classes are in session:

Monday - Thursday 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 1:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Between sessions:

Monday - Thursday 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 10:00 am to 1:30 pm

(Note that the Computer Lab closes 15 minutes earlier than the Library.)

How can I contact the Library?

  • By phone: 972.279.6511 ext. 136, 137 or 138
  • By email: library@Amberton.edu
  • By fax: 972.686.5567

What is the LRC's book return procedure?

During business hours, books may be returned to the Check-out Desk. After hours when the facility is closed, books may be returned to the University Drop Box located near the southwest entrance of the building (near the Admission and Student Advising Office). Fines are assessed for books that are returned past the due date.

What is the LRC's fine schedule?

The fine schedule is posted on the dated bookmark placed within each book when it is checked out. Overdue fines are .35 cents per day. If a book is not returned after 30 days, the fine will be the replacement cost of the book.

What if I lose a book?

Any book that is not returned in acceptable condition within 30 days of check out accumulates a fine equal to the replacement cost of the book. This charge will be placed on the student's account and could affect access to academic records until paid.

Can a book I have checked-out be renewed?

Generally, books may be renewed one time by either bringing the books into the Library for renewal or by renewing over the telephone. However, book renewals are at the prerogative of the University. Under certain conditions, some books may not be eligible for renewal due to student demand. 

How can I renew books by telephone?

Only books which are not overdue can be renewed over the telephone.  You can contact the Library at (972) 279-6511 ext. 137 to renew books. When you call, you will need the book(s) and your Amberton ID # with you.  Books cannot be renewed by leaving a voicemail.

Does the LRC have computers available for student use?

Yes! Amberton University has a computer lab equipped with the latest in computer technology, high-speed printing and Internet access. These computers are designed primarily for research purposes but are also equipped with word processing applications. The lab is for Amberton student use only. No password is required for access.

Is someone available to help with computer problems?

Library staff are available to answer questions about the University computers and systems and to assist with printing syllabi and conducting research. However, library personnel do not provide training on how to use software applications. Amberton students are expected to be computer literate and to possess a certain level of computer expertise prior to enrolling.

How do I locate information my professor has placed on reserve?

There are two types of reserves:

  • Shelf Reserve - These resources are designated "library use only" so that all students may have access to them. They are shelved with the regular collection but are not available for check out.

  • Electronic Reserve - At times, Professors will place material related to their courses online for student use. These files are accessed via the University's ftp site. Within this site, click on the folder showing the name of your professor and available files will be listed. 

I am a distance-learning student and do not live within driving distance of the campus. How can I access the research items I need?

There are many opportunities for students enrolled in e-Courses to conduct research.

  • Use the full-text, abstract and reference databases available through the library website. The databases provide instant access to thousands of journal articles, books, newspapers, and other reference sources. These services are for Amberton student use only. An ID and password are required. Instructions on how to access these services are located on the "Information Resources" Menu.

  • For Texas residents, visit a library near you. TexShare card holders can borrow books directly from any participating library. To obtain a TexShare card, contact the library (library@Amberton.edu) for more information.

  • Use Interlibrary Loan through your public library. Most public libraries offer their patrons interlibrary loan service, borrowing items from other libraries when they are not available locally.

  • Contact the Amberton Library for assistance. If you are having problems obtaining a particular item, please feel free to contact a librarian by phone, email or fax. We will be happy to help you find what you need.