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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Faculty Information Guide

Gates Memorial Library

Faculty Information Guide


Checking Out Materials:

A Lamar faculty, or staff photo ID is required to check out materials and use the computer lab

A LSC-PA ID will enable you to check out materials at all Lamar Libraries and the Port Arthur Public Library (regardless of where you reside).

Faculty/staff check-outs are for one semester, with the exception of "Best Sellers" which check out for two weeks (14 days) and videos which check out for one week (7 days) with a 5 day grace period.

Faculty/staff may renew the same materials up to three times over the phone or on the library information request form.

Reference books may be checked out, for a short time, with confirmation from a reference librarian.

Fines are levied for overdue and lost materials.


Over 60,000 books and 4,500 bound periodical volumes
  • Over 260 journal paper titles
  • 74 WEB Databases including over 26,500 full text journal titles
  • Over 118,400 Ebooks
  • Over 1900 video units
  • Over 100 audio units
  • Over 300 machine readable titles - CD-ROM and 3 ½ inch disks
  • Over 132 journal titles on microform
  • College /Career Collection
  • Law Collection
  • Bestsellers
  • Children's Collection
  • Texas Phone Books
  • Texana and Rare Books
  • Musical Heritage Research Folders
  • Black Pioneers of Port Arthur
  • Vertical File

Automated Library System: The catalog and all databases to which the library subscribes are available online in the Library, anywhere on campus and off campus through the Proxy Server on the Library's Web Page. All computers on campus can access the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) and all databases to which the library subscribes. Over 26,000 magazines, newspapers and journals provide full text articles covering subjects such as nursing, business, literature, art and computers.

Orientations to the system are available by contacting Jimmet.Lawrence@lamarpa.edu or extension 6220.


  • A 47 station open computer lab is available, with PC's and software, WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS and others), licensed software programs pre-loaded by request.

    AV equipment is available for students to view videos. Faculty may place videos and other materials on reserve for students. Students will have to use materials only in the library.

    Copiers and microform readers/printers are available.

    A quiet study carrel area is located in the left rear of the library.

  • Bestseller and current acquisition displays are updated regularly.

Title Requests: The Library staff welcomes faculty requests for books orders. Print and non-print acquisitions are reviewed and orders placed. Faculty will be notified when materials are received. Existing collections, usage patterns and costs affect purchase decisions.

Orientations: Librarians offer library orientation tours and research instruction for your classes in the classroom, in the library, or both. Sessions typically last from 30 minutes to a full hour. Advance copies of research assignments and syllabi are appreciated. Please contact Jimmet Lawrence at (984-6220) to schedule orientations or fill in the Tours/Research Schedule Form.

Research Classes: Please contact Jimmet Lawrence at (984-6220) to schedule research or fill in the Tours/Research Schedule Form to avoid conflicts with other classes already scheduled for tours or research.

Students may schedule individual research time with Reference Librarians.

Research Guides: Library research guides on specific topics are available for various disciplines, both in print and on the library's web page.

Computer Laboratory: There are 47 computers available in the lab. Software is networked and includes Word, Excel, Access, and other software requested by faculty members. The computer lab is open during the regular library hours.

Reserve Materials: Faculty members may place print and non-print materials on reserve for their classes. Reserve material requests should be made as soon as possible for each semester. Please give these materials to Myra Thompson or Jimmet Lawrence.

Interlibrary Loans: Other books and journal articles may be ordered from libraries using the interlibrary loan service. Reference librarians will search the holdings at Gates first and then order requests through ILL if necessary. You may use the Interlibrary Form online.

A/V Rooms: There are four A/V rooms available to students. Rooms are equipped with television monitor, DVD/VHS player. Cassette players are available upon request. *No more than two students are allowed in one A/V room at a time, due to space. Reservations can be made through the circulation desk.

Multi-Purpose Conference Room: The Conference room is available to faculty and students with as much advance notice as possible. The room is equipped with audio-visual equipment, screen and is Internet capable.

Archives: The Library has an archival room with different collections: Texana, Rare books, and materials on the university. Appointments must be made to view materials. Materials are not checked out, must be viewed in the library.

Audiovisual Equipment: Most classrooms/labs are equipped with VCR/monitors. Remote controls are available for check-out in the library. Other AV equipment available to faculty are cassette/recorder/players, headphones, overhead projectors, opaque projector, slide projectors, projection screens, video cameras, Polaroid camera, and microphones. An audio cassette duplicator can be used in the library. Contact: Chad Clark or 984-6220.

Microform Room: A microform viewer and printer is available to print copies.

TexShare: Employees and students may receive a TexShare Library Card at the Circulation Desk. This card enables the user to check out books from participating college and university libraries in Texas.

Library Staff

Purpose Statement: The purpose of Library Services is to provide essential resources and services--collections, instruction in library usage, access, facilities, and personnel--to our students, faculty, and staff in support of the educational program.

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