Distance Learning Resources

Introduction | Privileges | ALCON Library Catalog | Electronic Databases | How to Connect to Resources | Reference Services | Requesting Materials (ILL) | TexShare Card | Library Hours | Contacts 


Library Privileges, Resources, and Services for Off-Campus Students

All ACU students, whether living in or outside of the city of Abilene, have access to resources and services provided by the ACU Brown Library. While student needs will vary depending on course requirements, our librarians and staff are committed to assisting all students with their library-related needs. The following services or types of assistance are available regardless of your location: borrowing privileges from the Brown Library; computer access to the library's on-line catalog of consortium holdings & electronic databases; select reference services via telephone or e-mail; and requesting materials from remote locations. You might also want to inquire about a TexShare card which is available upon request. In addition to the resources mentioned above, you can make full use of the library and its services during operating hours whenever you are in Abilene. This includes such resources and activities as:

  • reference works
  • journal articles
  • audiovisual materials and equipment
  • photocopiers
  • government documents
  • microform materials
  • full use of the library computer lab

Borrowing Privileges

You may use and borrow materials from the Brown Library whenever you are in Abilene and the library is open (we encourage such visits and urge you to contact us with questions concerning library hours). Simply present your student ID at the circulation desk to check out as many books as you need; most circulating books are due after three weeks for undergraduates, four weeks for graduate students, and may be returned in person or via mail.

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Access to the Library's On-Line Catalog of Consortium Holdings & Electronic Databases


The Abilene Library Consortium Online Catalog (

ALCON) is your gateway to the world of information resources. In addition to finding references to library and consortium holdings, you have access to LEIAN FirstSearch which provides more than sixty databases of bibliographic information, including  WorldCat (Books Worldwide)(with almost forty million citations to materials cataloged in libraries throughout the world). Additionally, students have access to a broad range of full-text resources including another sixty databases from our TexShare cooperative. They contain mostly full-text from:

  • significant journals
  • magazines
  • statistics
  • newspapers
  • e-books ( netLibrary)
  • reports
  • literary criticism
  • web sites
  • encyclopedias

How to Connect to Resources

Instructions for making a connection to begin accessing the library's resources are available at the following address:

Library Proxy Instructions

Reference Services

We extend on-site reference help to all patrons who come into the Brown Library and offer additional assistance to off-campus students either by telephone, fax, or e-mail. The reference librarian will be happy to assist you as you familiarize yourself with relevant databases and resources for your research needs or as you encounter other problems.

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Requesting Materials from Remote Locations


The library encourages distance learners to make contact by their local library and to use the well-established nationwide

Inter-library Loansystem. It will bring you books and journal articles from ACU or a myriad of other libraries. For those who do not have a library with ILL service or for other reasons need direct contact by the ACU library, we will work to see that you get the materials you need.

TexShare Card

TexShare is a state-wide resource-sharing program partially funded by the state. Participating libraries, such as the Brown Library at ACU, have agreed to honor borrowing cards issued by other participating libraries. To see if any academic libraries near you will honor a TexShare card, check at

http://www.texshare.edu/programs/card/index.html. If you cannot come to Abilene to pick up a TexShare card, call (325) 674-2316 and ask to have one mailed to you.

Operating Hours

Library operating hours are posted on the


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Distance education students are encouraged to use our toll-free number: (877) 588-5541.

Public Services Librarian: Karen Hendrick
Phone: 325-674-2969 toll free 877-588-5541
E-mail: hendrick@acu.edu

Theological Librarian: Craig Churchill
Phone: 325-674-2347
E-mail: churchillc@acu.edu

Circulation/Main Desk: 325-674-2316
Library Fax: 325-674-2202
Reference Desk: 325-674-2941

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Thanks to a donation from an alumnus, the Special Collections at ACU's Center for Restoration Studies now houses two Ethiopian religious texts dating back to the turn of the 19th century.

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