Library Services

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library located on the UIW main campus serves as the main library for the University of the Incarnate Word. UIW Libraries' librarians and staff are available to answer questions via phone, chat, email, in person, or teleconference. Consultations for more in-depth research, teaching, and learning support may be scheduled with a discipline liaison librarian. Go to Find Your Librarian for a list of UIW Libraries discipline liaison librarians. Please go to the Health Professions Libraries page for information about specific services and location information for these libraries.

With a current ID, UIW students, faculty, and staff may borrow resources from UIW Libraries’ collections, access electronic resources on campus or remotely, conduct research in Cardinals’ Nest (Mabee Library computing lab), or make a reservation for a seat in a designated quiet study space. Walk-in patrons have access to designated workstations with access to UIW Libraries databases. Reference services are available to all library users.

The Libraries are staffed with knowledgeable and service-oriented staff who create online artifacts to help with autonomous discovery, build co-curricular partnerships with faculty and other support offices, and prioritize the Mission of the university through its programs, services, and collections. We invite you to make the Libraries an integral part of your UIW journey.

Reference & Consultation Services

Reference and Research Services are provided to the UIW community via chat, telephone, in person at the reference desk, and through our Ask A Librarian email. Reference is typically for the following types of queries:

  • Give brief factual answers to specific questions, including citation questions.
  • Assist in locating items in the collections of the Libraries.
  • Help with refining the research question and formulate successful search strategies.
  • Provide direction in locating appropriate resources.
  • Help users develop methods to analyze and vet resources.
  • Provide referrals to other libraries or organizations as needed.

In-depth reference questions may require a reference librarian to email a response to the user.

Research Consultations may be scheduled with a discipline liaison librarian when one-on-one consultation is needed. Information about scheduling a consultation for a course or assignment is available in the Discipline Guides on the Libraries' Research Guides site or by following this link to the Consultation Request Form. The form will direct you to health professions librarians as well as main campus librarians.


Course Reserves

Course Reserves allow faculty to put items on limited circulation for a period of time. Students can identify if an item has been placed on Course Reserve by asking at any library service desk or by going to the Advanced Search in the Libraries' discovery service and using the drop down menu to highlight Course Reserve as the desired search. Items placed on course reserve have a circulation that is specified by the requesting instructor. Find out more under the Course Reserves section on the UIW Libraries’ Faculty Services page.