Services for DTS Students

This is a description of primary services Turpin Library provides for students at the Dallas campus. All DTS students who are paying for the current semester are eligible. There are separate pages for more specific categories of students such as extension students, ADA impaired students, etc. See House Rules for additional information about eligibility for services. In the event of a conflict between House Rules and this page, House Rules take precedence.

Reference Assistance

Reference staff are eager to help you use information resources. We will not do your research for you (after all, developing research skills is part of your education), but we will provide guidance, recommend a few books or articles relevant to your specific information needs to get you started, and direct you to tutorials that explain how to use databases. Reference service is available 40 hours/week, M-F without advanced notice. Staff will answer questions whether submitted in person, by mail, email, phone or fax. However, students should make appointments if they wish more extensive help with thesis research.

Access to Electronic Resources. Tech Support

The library catalog and scores of databases are available on campus and via the Internet. Most of these resources require a personal ID and password. If you are unable to access databases or other online resources at, then first try the tech support FAQ. If you continue to have trouble, contact the library.

Borrowing Privileges. Loans and Renewals

The library allows current students in good standing to have a maximum of fifty items on loan at one time. Some materials, such as reference books and periodicals, are non-circulating and never leave the building. Loans must be properly recorded against the borrower's account before materials can be removed from the building. Circulation staff process all borrowing transactions including course reserves. Please use the media center desk (Mosher basement) for AV transactions. All borrowed items must be returned to the circulation desk on or before the date due. Regular books and other sturdy items may be returned after hours in the overnight book drop near the main entrance.

Loan period varies with item type; books, for example, are loaned for three weeks, with a maximum of two renewals possible. You may renew eligible items yourself via WorldCat, the library catalog. Borrowers with overdue materials are subject to fines, and long overdue materials will be declared lost and the borrower invoiced. Students should not ignore due dates or overdue notices. The library is based on the principle of sharing. To provide access to information for the many, the library must impose limits on each individual. See House Rules for loan periods, renewal rules, and other details.

Course Reserve Services

Items are placed on course reserve at the request of instructors. This is a means of guaranteeing students have access to specific high-demand resources in order to complete specific required assignments for a given course. Required text-books are normally not put on reserve. You may use the reserve module of WorldCat to see what is on reserve for any course or instructor. Reserve materials are loaned for two hours during the day, or overnight. You may have a maximum of two reserve items on loan at one time. Course reserve materials should be returned directly to circulation staff for immediate discharge to avoid overdue fines.

Hold Notification and Advanced Booking

Students may ask to be notified when unavailable items (e.g., items currently on loan, at the bindery, etc.) become available. This is called placing a hold. In most cases you may use WorldCat to place the hold yourself. The library will notify you (via email) when the item becomes available so that you may pick it up. If a hold is place on an item that is on loan to someone, the software will prevent the current borrower from renewing the loan. Further, if the borrower has renewed the item at least once, then the library will also notify the borrower that another person would like to use the item. However, the borrower is free to keep the item until the due date. When the item is returned, you will be notified and the item will be kept up to one week at the circulation desk for you. Holds may not be placed on items in some special collections such as academic course reserve.

Students may schedule a particular piece of [AV rental] equipment for their exclusive use at a particular date or time in the future. This is called advanced booking. Advanced booking is also allowed for materials on academic course reserve. The library does not allow advanced booking for other resources (such as general circulating books). Booking is not a self-service procedure; contact circulation staff for booking service.

Search for Missing/NOS Items

Library staff will help you search for missing items. By missing we mean the item is supposed to be on the shelf, available for use, but it is not there. Once the missing item has been reported to staff, they will verify the item is not on loan, at bindery, etc. Staff will search the entire building for the missing item a minimum of five times over the next 90 days. If the item is not found within 90 days, a replacement may be purchased. It is possible to place a hold on a missing book in order to be notified when the item is found.

Archives and Special Collections

These resources are available at the discretion of the Archivist. Details available on the Special Collections page.

Media Center and Computer Lab Services

Use computers (Windows and MacOS), scanners, color printers, Internet resources, and a range of software (word processing, spreadsheets, web browsers, bible study, publishing, paint, draw, graphics special effects.) Use the video suite and audio suite. Rent equipment (e.g., digital video cameras, digital still cameras, data projectors) to use off campus. Much more. Details available on the Media Center page.

TexShare Cards

Students who reside in Texas and wish to borrow books directly from other Texas libraries may contact the Library to obtain a TexShare card. TexShare is a Texas library resource sharing program consisting of state and other interested public and academic libraries. If a library is a member of the TexShare card program, it will allow TexShare card holders from other libraries to borrow books.

Interlibrary Loan

Need something Turpin Library does not own? Use our interlibrary loan department. Interlibrary loan is a service whereby one library will loan items or provide copies to another library for the use of a requesting patron. Thousands of libraries lend to other libraries in this fashion, so you can obtain almost any book or article in the world in this fashion (except rare books and unpublished manuscripts like unpublished foreign dissertations). However, ILL delivery can be slow, so plan ahead. It is not practical to depend on ILL for your routine needs; use it for special long term projects.

It is best if you use one standard ILL form for each request. Please do not submit requests via the phone; it is too easy to make transcription errors. When you request an item, you do not need to know what library owns the item. We can identify potential suppliers. Just give us an accurate bibliographic citation such as:

  • author, book title, edition, publisher and date; or
  • author, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages, and date.

Miscellaneous Services

Group study rooms are available for group projects but may not be used by solitary students. These rooms are available on a first-come first-served basis only and must be renewed or relinquished after two hours. Conference rooms may not be used for group study. Conference rooms must be reserved through the campus Activities and Services dept.

The library has a limited number of lockers which are annually issued to current students as available. There is a small fee, part of which is refundable when the lock is returned.

Doctoral students and ADA impaired students may apply for carrels for their exclusive use on a semester or annual basis. These carrels are in clearly designated areas and they are prominently labeled with the name of the authorized occupant. Other library users should not use these carrels at any time and should respect the privacy of assigned users. Authorized carrel users may store personal books, computers or other personal study materials in their carrels. The library is not responsible for theft or property damage and offers no guarantees of property safety. Properly borrowed library materials may be stored in these carrels overnight; library materials which have not or cannot be duly borrowed must be returned to one of the reshelving trucks or to the main circulation desk before the end of each day. The library has keys to all carrels and reserves the right to periodically open and inspect the carrels for contraband and library materials not properly borrowed. There is a small fee, part of which is refundable when the key is returned. An application with information about additional regulations is available at the circulation desk.

Watch for the (almost annual) library book sale. We sell damaged books and donated books we do not need at very low prices.

Ask about bulletin boards, unsecured storage bins, and binding services.

How You Can Help Us

The library eagerly solicits suggestions and recommendations. We firmly believe both policy and procedure can be improved and we are always looking for ways to further the mission of the library and meet the information needs of the library constituency. Don't be shy; tell us how to improve. Feel free to recommend the purchase of a specific book.

Please obey closing rules and clear the building on time. The main circulation desk closes 15 minutes before the library building closes. Announcements are made in advance regarding both closing of the desk and closing of the library building. No transactions will be made after the desk closes, except that users who are already in line at the desk before it closes will be allowed to complete their transactions if otherwise practical.

Please respect others who wish to study in a quite environment. Library users should not talk in the library except as necessary to conduct library business. Talking is permitted in the patio, student lounge, conference rooms, and group study rooms. Set pagers to "vibrate," and do not use cell phones in the library.

Please do not mark in books.