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Transforming Our Library

Getting the Albert B. Alkek Library ready for 21st century researchers

As the intellectual center of the campus, the Albert B. Alkek Library is the most important information resource within the Texas State community and the wider public it serves.

With more than 1.25 million library visitors a year, and growing, Texas State set forth a bold plan to transform the current library into a learning commons, a state-of-the-art facility that offers a functional and flexible place for study, research and collaboration. It will merge technology with comfortable, adaptable furnishings and equipment, extensive information resources, and knowledgeable specialists supporting a wide range of educational and research pursuits.

Initial renovations on the Alkek Library will begin in 2015. The learning commons will evolve in three phases over the next decade. Thanks to an ambitious vision to move from an information storehouse to a dynamic educational and interactive environment, the learning commons opens the door for knowledge seekers to find motivation, collaboration and inspiration.


Climbing the Alkek stairs

The making of a learning commons

The Alkek Library will bring people, technology and resources together in its new learning commons. Planned features include:

  • Off‐site high‐density repository
  • Collaboration zones
  • High‐tech presentation rooms
  • Instant interactive theater
  • Visualization walls
  • 3D printing
  • Maker space
  • Café


Rising Star - Joan Heath

Joan Heath is associate vice president and university librarian at Texas State. She and her team are committed to transforming the Albert B. Alkek Library into a comprehensive learning commons for education beyond the classroom. Read the Q&A.