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Library services available to students at Southwestern Assemblies of God University

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Research ConsultationsInterlibrary LoanOnline/Distance LearningBooks for Online StudentsGroup RoomsIndividual Study RoomsSAGU-to-AIC TransferQuick LinksLeisure ReadingTexShare CardACL CardPublic Library Partnership Employment

Research Consultations

How can we help you? Your SAGU librarians can:

  • Provide guidance when you don't know where or how to start your research
  • Teach you search strategies for finding and evaluating information
  • Show you tools and resources that will help with your class papers and projects
  • Answer questions about Library policies and services
  • Keep you informed about new resources and services

How to request help:

Interlibrary Loan

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. In (most) SAGU databases, select the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button and enter your information
  3. 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.
  4. Fill out Interlibrary Loan Request Form (below).

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.

Library Services for Online/Distance Learning

Books for Online Students

Group Rooms

The library offers two (2) conferences rooms with large-screen TVs for students to reserve (for up to three (3) hours). 

These rooms can be reserved in person at the circulation desk, by phone at 972.825.4761, by email at, or by following the link below.

  • Large Group Room
  • Small Group Room

Individual Study Rooms

Located in the Foster building, the library maintains ten (10) individual study rooms. These rooms are open for use any time the Foster building remains open.

SAGU AIC Transfer

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 Keilah Coverstone in person at the Dorothy Cummings Memorial Library, or by email at You can search the Nelson Memorial Library's books in our catalog.

Quick Links

Leisure Reading

While our primary goal is to support academic endeavors, the library also strives to provide leisure reading in line with SAGU's media policies. You can search for fiction in our catalog just like you search for research, or you may browse our shelves in person to see what sparks an interest. Our fiction is located in a few Dewey locations.

  • 810-819: American Fiction
    • Most will be in the 813s
    • Young Adult Literature can be found in the 819s and in the CL-N section
  • 820-829: English Fiction
    • Most will be in the 823s
    • Shakespeare is in 822.33 S527
  • 830-899: World Literature

TexShare Card

The TexShare Card 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 visit a librarian in person on the first floor of the Nelson Memorial Library, email, or call 972.825.4766. 

ACL Card

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 below. 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 a librarian in person on the first floor of the Nelson Memorial Library, or by email at or by phone at 972.825.4766

Public Library Partnership

Waxahachie's Nicholas P. Sims Library now offers SAGU students access to public library eResources! Simply bring your SAGU ID and a valid driver's license/ID into the Sims Library to apply for a free eLibrary card, which will allow you to access all their databases and use their computers.

This e-Library card grants you access to these great resources (and more!):

  • Overdrive/Libby eBooks (thousands of fiction and nonfiction eBooks)
  • Mango Language Learning
  • Ancestry: Library Edition
  • Salem Histry (1941-1970 Great Events)
  • DAR History of Ellis County, Texas
  • Cypress Resume
  • TumpleBooks Library
  • Childon's Online Auto Repair Database


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 the library at stating your interest and providing your resume. Positions are typically filled before 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!