VC/UHV Library, Serving Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria Victoria College University of Houston-Victoria VC/UHV Library

Services for Faculty

Faculty Services

The library offers both the Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria faculty a variety of services. Please use the links to the left for additional information on each one.

Circulation/Borrowing Privileges

Collection Type Loan Period
Main Collection & Local History Six (6) months. [Three (3) months for adjunct faculty]
Periodicals One (1) week
Reference & other non-circulating materials Loaned at the discretion of the Library Director or Associate Director
Government Publications Fourteen (14) days
Children's (Juvenile) Collection Fourteen (14) days
Multimedia materials One (1) week. Longer loans can be arranged with the Media Librarian
Videos and DVDs 7 days (limit to 3 items)

Please direct any questions or comments to Greg Garcia , the Circulation Manager at 361-570-4162.

Browser Requirements

Library databases often require an up-to-date browser. We recommend the following:
  • For Internet Explorer, Version 8 or higher
  • For Firefox, Version 10 or higher
  • For Chrome, Version 18 or higher
  • For Safari, Version 5 or higher
Use the links below if you need to download or update a browser

Other Settings

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Last updated January 2017

Faculty Publishing Basics

Although you are likely to be aware of the many journals in your research area, journal publication directories can help you identify periodicals with which you may not be familiar. These directories can also provide contact information, circulation data, and other bits of information such as where the journal is indexed and where online the full text may be found.

For additional information, you may want to read through our Faculty Publishing Basics page.

Reference & Research Assistance

The library's Reference Desk is staffed by a professional librarian at all hours the library is open. Reference staff can help you with individual research needs, from updating course syllabi to tracking down an elusive citation.

To reach the Reference Desk by Phone:
  • VC -- extension 3261
  • UHV -- extension 4166
  • Direct Dial -- 361-570-4166
  • Toll-Free -- 800-687-5006
To reach us by Email: The Library invites all faculty to take advantage of our library instruction program for specific classroom and research needs. We can accommodate any size group for tours, demonstrations on using our catalog and databases, discussions of research techniques, and explanations of reference sources. Sessions can be a general overview of library resources or more in-depth specific to one academic discipline or sub-discipline. We can also provide "hands-on" sessions in campus computer labs. You can schedule library instruction with Amanda Breu, Instruction and Outreach Librarian or Laurie Neuerburg, Media and Outreach Librarian.

Reference staff also provides training for faculty on new databases and library technologies. We will come to your office or you can come to us. Contact Amanda Breu, Instruction and Outreach Librarian to schedule.

Library services may be available at your campus. Please view our LibGuide to find out what services are available at your specific location.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan service is available to all faculty. Through interlibrary loan (ILL) we can obtain books, periodical articles, and other materials from libraries all over the county.

Average turnaround time for books is about 1 week - 24/48 hours for periodical titles.

Connect to ILL Forms

Please direct any questions to Lou Ellen Callarman, 361-570-4164.

Library Instruction

It is the mission of Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library Instruction Program to serve the students, faculty and staff of the Victoria College and University of Houston-Victoria communities. Through face-to-face instruction, classroom, and online delivery, the Library Instruction Program fosters information literacy for all library users. Information literacy incorporates the ability to recognize the need for information then locate, evaluate and use information. By developing information literacy skills among library users, the Library Instruction Program will enable students to meet academic requirements, promote critical thinking and provide a foundation of lifelong learning.

For More information, please refer to our Library Instruction page.

Scheduling Lecture & Study Rooms

Library lecture hall and study rooms are available for class meetings.
Room NumberCapacityAmenitiesWho to Contact
Main Library Room 205 C 14 Computer and 46" monitor Rebecca Holm
Main Library Room 301A 8 White Board Rebecca Holm
Main Library Room 304 15 Conference style seating, VCR/DVD player, camcorder, computer with network connection, NEC projector & screen Greg Garcia
Main Library, L-2 (Lecture Hall) 75 12 ft. screen, UHV network connection, white board Greg Garcia

Placing Materials on Reserve

The VC/UHV Library supports Reserve Collections in both print and electronic formats. Items can be placed "on reserve" in print at any teaching location.

All reserve policies are in accordance with "fair use" provisions of Section 107 of the Copyright Law of the United States. For more informaiton about placing items on reserve, contact:
  • Main Library - Lori Williamson, Head of Reference and Access Services Librarian (361-570-4161)
  • Media Center - Laurie Neuerburg, Media and Outreach Librarian (361-570-4195)
For information regarding copyright and fair use, contact Lori Williamson (361-570-4161).

Book, Journal, & Multimedia Purchase Requests

Librarians select materials for the instructional and general education needs of the students of the Victoria College and the University of Houston-Victoria. We appreciate faculty interest in the library's collections and welcome any suggestions or requests you may have for materials to support instructional needs or your own research and scholarship.

Requests for purchases may be sent to the following:
  • Books - Gail Crockett, Head of Technical Services
  • Periodicals - Gail Crockett, Head of Technical Services
  • Multimedia - Laurie Neueburg, Media and Outreach Librarian (Due to the cost of multimedia items, some purchase requests may be approved only after preview)
  • OR, submit your book orders with our Online Book Request Form
We will make every effort to acquire materials quickly; however, out-of-print resources may require more time.

We can also route to you publisher's or bookseller's catalogs for selection. Please contact Gail Crockett, Head of Technical Services, if you wish to be placed on the routing for catalogs.

Routing of Journals

Most of the jounals formerly routed to faculty in paper are now provided online. Databases to which the Library subscribes contain thousands of additional journals not available on campus when subscriptions were limited to paper. Journals can be accessed on or off campus. [See: Browsing Journals Online]. For more information, contact Gail Crockett.

Off-Campus Access to Electronic Resources

Access to electronic resources is available to all faculty and students who are not at the Victoria campus facilities. All you need is the username and password which you already use for your Victoria College or University of Houston-Victoria assigned email account. If you or your students have any problems with off-campus access to our electronic resources, please contact Lori Williamson, Reference and Access Services Librarian or Karen Locher, Associate Director.

Using Other Libraries' Resources

Resources of libraries throughout the state of Texas are available to you through the TexShare card program. The TexShare card program is a reciprocal borrowing program. It is designed to allow the registered users of participating institutions to directly borrow materials from the libraries of other participating institutions. Those libraries that choose to participate sign a form stating they agree to honor the Card Program Agreement, which specifies the roles and responsibilities of the home and lending libraries, and library patrons. They have also placed their borrowing policies for the program in a central location at the TexShare website.

Registered users must obtain a TexShare Card from their home institution before they are able to check out materials from other participating institutions. To obtain a TexShare Card, contact the VC/UHV Library's Head of Reference and Access Services, Lori Williamson (361-570-4161)

Faculty at the University of Houston-Victoria have borrowing privileges at other University of Houston libraries. Remote access to UH-Central Campus databases is not supported by the University of Houston System. For more information, contact Karen Locher, Associate Director.

Keeping current with your disciple

There are a number of services you can use to help you stay up to date with advancements in your discipline, including new-content alerts and RSS feeds. For more information, visit our Keeping Current LibGuide