Gates Memorial Library
Q: Who was John "Bet a Million" Gates?
A: John "Bet a Million" Gates was ...
Q: How do you get to the Campus?
A: Driving directions
Q: Where is the library on campus?
A: The library is located # 5 on the map
Q: What are the library's hours?
A: Library Hours of Operation
Q: Where is Lost & Found?
A: Inquire at the Circulation Desk for lost articles.
Q: Is there a quiet study area in the library?
A: The quiet study area is located on the right side of the reading room. Study carrels are located in the back of the library, left of the reading room. There are four individual study room where students may study and view videos for classes. A conference room is available for group study, by appointment.
Q: Where are the restrooms?
A: One restroom for men is to the right of the reference area, as you walk through the front door. Ask for the key at the Circulation Desk. One restroom for women is to the left of the reference area, as you walk through the front door. Other restrooms are located to the left of the reading room.
Q: Is there a phone I can use in the library?
A: A phone for public use is located to the immediate right side of the front door, as well as a water fountain. Another water fountain is located to the left of the reading room.
Q: Can I bring food and drinks into the library?
A: Food and drinks are not allowed in the library.
Q: Can I use a cell phone in the library?
A: Please place cell phones on vibrate or turn off when in the library to avoid disturbing other patrons. If you must talk on the phone please step outside of the library, using the loggia or the front of the library.
Q: How can I check out a book?
A: Books are checked out at the Circulation Desk through a barcode system. LSC-PA Library Services
does not issue library cards.
- Students must present a validated Lamar (all campuses) ID card at the Circulation Desk. The card
must be stamped for the current semester, in order to borrow materials. For a view of the library
layout please click on Library Floor Plan (in PDF format). Students must fill out a green
registration card. You will need your student ID whenever you check out or renew materials.
- Faculty/Staff must have an employee Lamar ID Card and follow same procedure as
Q: Where can I use my current validated ID card?
A: The Lamar State College ID card is nontransferable and is valid at Lamar State College - Port Arthur, Lamar State College - Orange, Lamar University - Beaumont, and the Port Arthur Public Library.
Q: Can I check out magazines?
A: No, magazines and journals do not circulate. You may, however, make photocopies of the pages. Copies are ten cents per copy.
Access the Electronic Databases through the Proxy Server) will allow you to print out full-text articles. You must be registered in Lamar State College - Port Arthur classes.
Q: Can I check out videos?
A: Yes, up to two videos may be checked out for 7 days, except those put on reserve by faculty members. Reserve videos must be used in the library. Videos may only be checked out by students, faculty and staff.
Q: How can I borrow books if I'm not a LSC-PA student?
A: Special borrowers must present a special library card and other pictured identification (such as a driver's license but NOT a Social Security card). The following categories are included:
- Port Arthur Public Library Patrons must present a Port Arthur Library card. Lamar Library Staff must phone PAPL to verify patron is in good standing. Patron may register to check out books at Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Expiration date of card is one year. Circulation privileges may be canceled for repeated library violations.
- Alumni Association members must present proof of current membership in the Lamar Alumni Association. Expiration date of the card is the same as the expiration date of the Alumni Association membership. Circulation privileges may be canceled for repeated library violations.
- Retired faculty/staff may be extended courtesy library privileges. Expiration date of the card is one year. Circulation privileges may be canceled for repeated library violations.
- High School Co-Enrollment is high school students enrolled in special Lamar credit courses taught in the high schools. Expiration date of the card is the end of the semester. Circulation rules are the same as for regular students.
- Continuing education students must show a courtesy card or receipt in order to receive a card. Expiration date is the end of the semester. Circulation rules are the same as for regular students. Circulation privileges may be canceled for repeated library violations.
- Extension students enrolled in Lamar credit courses taught off campus must be listed on the official roster and show their I.D. card in order to register. Expiration is the end of the semester. Circulation rules are the same as for regular students.
Q: How long can materials be checked out?
A: Each student or public patron is allowed to check out a maximum of eight items (books, CDs, and or videos). A patron should not have more than eight items out at a time. Books can be checked out for 14 days (2 weeks) plus a five day grace period.
Each student, faculty or staff member is allowed to check-out a maximum of two videos for 7 days plus a five day grace period.
All magazines, journals, and newspapers must be used in the library. For locations of these materials, please click on Library Floor Plan (in PDF format).
Q: How long can faculty and staff members keep materials?
A: Faculty and staff are allowed to check-out a maximum of eight items (books and or videos). A 3 month loan period, for books, is given to faculty and staff, except for Best Sellers which check out for 14 days and videos for 7 days.
All magazines/journals, microfilm/fiche, and newspapers must be used in the library. For locations of these materials, please click on Library Floor Plan (in PDF format).
Q: What happens if I don't return the books?
A: If a book is returned late, the patron must pay a fine of ten cents per day. Maximum fine is $2.00 per book. Patron will not be allowed to check books out until fine is paid. If a book is not returned, the patron must pay the full cost of the book, the accumulated fine, if overdue, and also the processing fee.
Q: What can I do if a book is checked out?
A: If a book is checked out, a patron may place a hold request for that item. The book will be held for three days after the patron is notified by phone.
Q: What do I do if a book isn't on the shelf?
A: If a book is listed as "on the shelf" in the catalog but is not on the shelf, it could be in someone's possession, on a library study table, on a reshelving area, missing, etc. Patrons should ask a Library Staff member to help locate the book.
Q: How can I get articles and books the library doesn't own?
A: The library has an Interlibrary Loan service which allows patrons to obtain books and articles from other U.S. Libraries. Forms can be filled out in the library and given to any staff member or fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.
Q: Where are the textbooks for my classes?
A: Reserve books, mainly textbooks, are located in the Lucy Steiffel Room. You must inquire at the Circulation Desk for reserve books. Textbooks do not check out, they must be used in library. Student must present a validated I.D. card for the current semester.
Q: Where is the Reference area?
A: The regular Reference area is to both sides of the Circulation Desk as you walk into the library.
The legal reference is to the right of the Circulation Desk as you walk into the library.
Q: Do you have a Children's section?
A: The Children's section (Pre-K through 6th) is to the left of the Circulation Desk as you walk into the library.
Q: Do you have tax forms?
A: The Library maintains a collection of federal income tax forms and instructions for the last five years in the Ready Reference Area. You can also access federal forms and instructions on the IRS home page.
Q: Where do you keep your new books and best sellers?
A: New books are shelved on the New Book Shelves across from the Circulation Desk. Best Sellers are on top of the vertical file drawers.
Q: Do you have any books on careers, colleges, scholarships and financial aid?
A: Books on careers, colleges and scholarships and financial aid are located in the Career Collection area.
Q: Do you have special collections?
A: The library has two special collections, the Texana and Rare sections. Research materials on the Black Pioneers of Port Arthur and individuals displayed at the Museum of the Gulf Coast are on file. Materials from these collections do not circulate but may be viewed in the library. Photocopies from some materials may be restricted. Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.
Please schedule an appointment with the librarians for access to items in the Texana and Rare sections.
Q: How do you "ASK A LIBRARIAN" questions?
A: Go to Library Home Page, click on Ask a Librarian link.
Type in all information so a librarian will be able to contact you. Type in what you are looking for.
A librarian will contact you as soon as possible. The library is closed on week-ends.
Q: Do you have classes in how to use the library?
A: Individuals can sign-up for tutorials on library use--how to use the catalog, database searching, etc.--with any Reference Librarian, preferably in the afternoon.
Several tutorials on listed on the Library Home Page
Faculty are urged to call the Reference Dept. at X6220, X6224 or X7216 and sign-up their classes for library orientation sessions for morning, afternoon, or evening classes.
Fill out the Tour/Research Schedule Form.
Q: Is there a photocopier I can use?
A: A photocopier is located across from the Circulation Desk. Copies are ten cents per page.
Q: Is there a change machine I can use?
A: There is no change machine, however, the photocopier will change one dollar bills. Ask at the Circulation Desk for other change. If the Circulation Desk does not have change, obtain change from the Business office.
Q: Can I make double-sided or color copies in the library?
A: No, the public copier does not provide double-sided feature. Color copies can be copied at the Print Shop (RF 100) at a charge. You must schedule with Print Shop. Jobs will be done as time permits.
Q: Can I make transparencies in the library?
A: No, the library does not make transparencies for patrons. You can get transparencies made at the Print Shop (RF 100) at a charge. You must schedule with Print Shop. Jobs will be done as time permits.
Q: Is there a scanner I can use?
A: A scanner is available for student use in the computer lab. You may also go to the Print Shop RF 100 for scanning purposes. You must schedule with Print Shop. Jobs will be done as time permits.
Q: Can the library laminate things for me?
A: No, the library does not laminate materials for patrons. You can get materials laminated at the Print Shop (RF 100) for a charge. You must schedule with Print Shop. Jobs will be done as time permits.
Q: Can you e-mail articles to me?
A: We will be happy to e-mail articles to you if they are already in electronic format, and if you know which articles you need.
Please keep in mind, however, that we will not do your research for you. We will help you find a given article or guide you through the research process. There will be a limit of two articles emailed to you.
Q: Is there a fax machine I can use?
A: No, the library does not fax materials for patrons.
Q: How can I type my papers?
A: Computers are available in the Library Computer Lab. Students must sign in and leave Student I.D. card to use computers in the library. You should bring a formatted disk, flash drive, etc. to save your work. The staff in the computer lab does not sell disks.
Computers are for Lamar Students only. Public patrons may use the 2 computers at the Reference desk or the Port Arthur Public Library. Printing is 25 cents per page.
Q: Is there a typewriter I can use?
A: There are no typewriters for patron use available in the Library.
Q: Does the library have access to the Internet?
A: The Internet is accessible for Lamar Student use through computers in the Library Computer Lab, the Reference terminals, and the WIFI Network.
Q: Can I print from the Internet?
A: The library has a limited number of printers available for printing from the Internet. Printing is unlimited and free of charge for students, but students are requested to print only what is necessary.
Q: Can I read my email at the library?
A: Patrons may read their email on select workstations, as long as no other patron needs to use the workstation for research purposes.
Q: Can I play online games or use chat rooms at the library?
A: Patrons may not play games on the Reference desk computers. Patrons may not enter chat rooms. Patrons will be asked to logoff immediately.