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Library Information: Services


SAGU students, staff, and faculty may borrow materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan for free. You may request books, articles from periodicals, theses, and dissertations. Physical items (like books) typically arrive in one (1) to two (2) weeks; digital items (like articles) typically arrive within two (2) to seven (7) days.

Once you discover a resource that you would like from another library, there are several ways to request it:

  1. In SAGU Discovery, click the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button and enter your information
  2. Email the abstract/bibliographic information directly from a database. Send your request to and make sure to include your Lionmail email address in the comment field.
  3. Fill out this form.

We will process the request as quickly as possible and will email you when the item has arrived or if we need more information to process your request.

SAGU does not charge patrons to borrow materials. Borrowers are responsible for overdue charges, as well as replacement costs for lost books.

The library offers one-on-one reference consultations to help you with your research. Whether you are just starting a project or nearing the end, friendly library staff are available to help you find the best resources.

Feel free to stop by the Reference Desk (located on the first floor of the library), email, or schedule an a reference appointment here. Additionally, librarians are happy to provide reference help over the phone for Distance Education students; you can reach the library at 972.825.4761.

Digital resources are available regardless of geographical location. Distance Education students residing in the continental United States may request print library books be mailed to them (students are responsible for return shipping charges). Email from your Lionmail email with the following information:

  1. The titles and authors of the books you would like
  2. Your current mailing address
  3. Your phone number (in case there's a problem)

Interlibrary Loan services for Distance Education students (out of easy driving distance of a SAGU library) are limited to digital items (such as articles); for print items (such as books), students are encouraged to work with their local public library's Interlibrary Loan department to maximize checkout time with the book. 

The Nelson Memorial Library provides information literacy instruction as part of the Strategies for Student Success (S3) course taken by all freshmen in their first semester. Additionally, we provide specialized sessions during upper-level courses as requested by faculty. All course instructional sessions must be scheduled through 25Live, the campus facilities reservation system. Request a library instructional session here.

In addition to the instructional videos available here, one-on-one sessions are available with students upon request. One-on-one sessions can occur in person in the Nelson Memorial Library, over the phone, or through email. If you are interested in scheduling an instruction session, please call 972.825.4761 or email

Each semester the library employs approximately 15 Library Assistants, made up of Federal Work Studies and Student Workers. Students interested in working in the library should contact Vanessa Washburn at stating your interest and providing your resume. Positions are typically filled by the first day of classes; hiring preference is given to early applicants (i.e., applications received before commencement of the previous semester).

Graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply! 

The Nelson Memorial Library participates in two reciprocal borrowing programs, available to all students, staff, and faculty at SAGU: TexShare and the Association of Christian Librarians. 

TexShare: This program allows users to borrow items from almost all Texas libraries free of charge (each library sets their own policy for how many items users may check out). This is especially useful for Distance Education students residing in or near Texas who can easily drive to a nearby university library, for example; the TexShare card enables the student to checkout books from that university library where they normally could not. Users interested in obtaining a TexShare card may contact Vanessa Washburn in person on the first floor of the Nelson Memorial Library, or by email at or by phone at 972.825.4766. 

Association of Christian Librarians (ACL): The ACL Reciprocal Borrowing Program is made up of 59 participating libraries across the continental United States (as of 2/14/2018). Like the TexShare program, the ACL program allows users to borrow materials from other ACL libraries free of charge. You may see the entire list of participating libraries here, or view them in map format here. Of specific relevance to students residing near SAGU's Waxahachie campus, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and the Paul Quinn College in Dallas participate in this program. SAGU users could check out materials directly from either of these libraries without having to go through our Interlibrary Loan program. Users interested in obtaining an ACL card may contact Vanessa Washburn in person on the first floor of the Nelson Memorial Library, or by email at or by phone at 972.825.4766

Know of an excellent book you think we should have (but we don't)? Let us know, and there's a pretty good chance we'll order it. You can tell us in the library's suggestion box or by emailing with your suggestion.

The Nelson Memorial Library (Waxahachie campus) is happy to transfer any of our books to the Dorothy Cummings Memorial Library (AIC campus) for SAGU AIC students to check out. Contact Denise Baldetti in person at the Dorothy Cummings Memorial Library, or by email at You can search the Nelson Memorial Library's books in our catalog here.

At faculty request, the library can move regular library resources into the Course Reserves. Faculty may also place their personal copies of books onto Reserve for students enrolled in their courses.

Reserve materials are located behind the circulation desk on the first floor of the library. 

Students must present SAGU ID to view/check out Reserve items. Most reserve materials must remain within the library for use.