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Instructional - Guide to the Library for Southwest Faculty: General FAQs

FAQs for faculty

How do I get in touch with the library staff?

Email us at, call us at 512-478-5212, or stop by when we're open at 606 Rathervue Place.

How do I access the library's ebooks and other electronic resources from my device(s)?

Log into your Seminary of the Southwest Google account, log out of all other Google accounts, and then follow these instructions.

I'm having trouble using the library's discovery tool, Seeker. Can you help?

Yes! Whether you are new to Southwest or have been teaching here for many years, please take a look at our Seeker tutorials and reach out to the librarians if you desire more one-on-one conversation about optimizing Seeker for your work. Please use this form to request an appointment.

A book I need is not in your collection. What now?

Please write us at with information about the book and a link to it on the web, if possible. We may be able to borrow it from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary for you. We may interlibrary loan (ILL) it from another regional library for you. We may, in consultation with the collection development policy, choose to buy it for the library collection and lend it to you.

What does "APTS" and "SSW" mean?

APTS is the acronym for Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and SSW stands for Seminary of the Southwest. APTS is located right around the corner from us. The APTS library is called the Wright Learning and Information Center. APTS's library and our library share a library catalog, so when you use Seeker to look for library resources, you will see our library listed as "SSW" and the Wright Learning and Information Center listed as "APTS."

Can I borrow books from APTS?

Yes! You can walk over there and check books out yourself, or you can request the library staff retrieve them for you. Use this form to submit your request, or email If you visit APTS yourself, bring your SSW ID card.

Can I use APTS's and UT's electronic resources?

Yes, but only by visiting those libraries in person and using the e-resources while you are there. Take a look at our Guide to Austin Libraries libguide

How does Interlibrary Loan (ILL) work?

Read all about ILL services on the Interlibrary Loan LibGuide.

May I suggest titles for you to purchase for the library collection?

Yes! Please do. Email us the details at And if you are published or are about to be, please let us know.

I'm making a Populi page for my course. How can the library help me?

We have an entire page dedicated to these Populi FAQs. Read more here!

How do I get a library card at Seminary of the Southwest?

Your Seminary of the Southwest ID card serves as your library card. We use it to check out physical material to you. Your library card does not help you access e-resources. To access e-resources, read our Accessing eResources LibGuide.

What other libraries can I use?

You are surrounded by amazing libraries in Austin! Read all about your access to area libraries on this guide

I'm about to publish an article in a scholarly journal that is not open access. What do I need to know?

Your institution, Seminary of the Southwest, will likely have to pay to access the article you wrote, and the cost to do that may be prohibitive. If you are not publishing in an open access journal, please consider asking the scholarly publisher if you can retain the copyright to your own work. It is now common for publishers to allow you to do this in either a pre-print or post-print copy. The more authors that ask for this right, the more pressure there is on publishers to grant this right to scholars.

Retaining the copyright to your work means you'd have the authority to allow Southwest to, one day, place the article in an institutional repository which will help your article find readers and help bring attention to the scholarship happening here at Southwest. We do not yet have an institutional repository, but we are actively seeking ways to begin one. Here's a Scientific American blog post that describes this in more detail, written by a librarian that works at SUNY Geneseo.

I need assistance with my scholarly or creative writing. Can the library help?

The librarians will consult with you on identifying and obtaining information resources for your project. For direction on scholarly and/or creating writing, we recommend you contact our colleagues in Southwest's Center for Writing and Creative Expression (CWCE). The CWCE offers writing support in the form of one-on-one consultations, long-term writing partnerships, monthly writing workshops, and print and digital resources.

I have a question and I don't know who to ask. Can you help?

Yes, we are happy to refer you to the right person to bring your question to. Ask away!