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Finding and Managing Materials | Borrowing Books | Borrowing Audiovisuals | Course Reserves | Interlibrary Loan

Finding and Managing Materials



  • PRIMOSearch is a search and discovery tool that identifies both local and remote resources (books, audiovisual materials, articles and more). It presents search results in a relevancy-ranked list. Begin searching on our homepage using the single search box titled ALL and refine results with the advanced search feature. While some databases and e-journals provide full-text, others include only the citation information, giving you what is needed to make an interlibrary loan (ILLiad) request.


Alphabetical Listing of Databases


  • The library subscribes to more than 90,000 print and e-journals. The majority are electronic, which means they can be accessed on or off campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

Journals List

Accessing Library Resources from Off Campus

 The Mabee Library uses EZProxy to allow access to its databases and electronic resources off campus.  EZProxy allows your off-campus computer to be identified as part of the UIW network. When prompted, log in with your UIW email username and password. More information click here.  For best results in database searching from off campus, use Internet Explorer.

RefWorks is a web-based citation management tool used to create and manage research bibliographies and citations. It offers more than 400 formatting styles, including many specific styles required by journals for publication of your research. You may add citations manually or import them from UIW-owned resources or from Google Scholar. Content may be shared with others who have RefWorks accounts.  Accounts must be created on campus with a UIW email address, but once your account is created, you may access the content from anywhere with an Internet connection. You may not save articles to RefWorks, but there is unlimited space for citations and abstracts. To learn more, consult the RefWorks LibGuide. Look for the RefWorks link on the library’s homepage.

Borrowing Materials


Library Card

  • Currently enrolled students must use their student ID to check out materials from the UIW Library. 
  • Proxy checkout is not allowed.

  Borrowing Books

  • Undergraduate students may borrow books for three weeks. No more than 50 items can be borrowed at one time.
  • Graduate students may borrow books for four weeks. No more than 100 items can be borrowed at one time.

Children’s Books

  • The children's books are located on the second floor in the far north corner.

Book(s) Not on Shelf

  • Books that cannot be found on the shelf may be on the shelving carts at the Circulation Desk or elsewhere in the library.
  • Do not hesitate to ask a librarian to help you find a book.

Book Fines

  Course Reserves  

  • Faculty may place items on reserve for limited circulation (2 hours, 2 days or 1 week) so that all students have equal access. 
  • Reserve materials are kept at the Circulation Desk; ask the attendant for assistance.
  • Only students with a valid UIW ID can borrow these items. 
  • Items on 2-hour reserve can be used only in the library. 
  • All reserve materials are listed in the online catalog under the Course Reserve tab. These items can be found by faculty name, course number or department.
  • AV on Reserve:   Items on 2-hour reserve can be used in the library. These items are not allowed to leave the building. Please use headphones when viewing/listening to media in the library. Headphones are available at the Circulation Desk.

Borrowing Audiovisuals (AV)

The Audiovisual (AV) Collection contains a variety of materials in many formats acquired to meet the curriculum and enrichment needs of faculty and students. Formats include DVDs, VHS tapes and audio CDs.

  • The AV Librarian, Farhad Moshiri, is available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday –  Friday. 
  • Contact him at 210-829-3842 or

All AV materials are cataloged in Primo.

Learn more about searching for AV in Primo – Audiovisuals Search Tips

New Additions to the Audiovisual Collection

Audiovisual Circulation Policy:

Users with a valid UIW ID Card, who are free of library fines or charges, can check out items.

  • UIW, SACHS, IWHS Staff, Faculty and Students
  • ELS Faculty and Students
  • Retirement Community Members

AV cannot be lent to Alumni or visitors using TexShare cards.

Three items can be checked out for 7 days (multi-part titles are counted separately).

There is no limit on the number of items UIW faculty may check out.

AV items can be renewed only in person with items on hand.


  • Fines are $1 per day, per item up to 15 days.
  • After 15 days, the item is declared lost.
  • Each lost item accrues two charges: the item’s replacement cost and a maximum overdue fine of $20.
  • If an item is returned and the library has not replaced it, the replacement cost will be refunded. The patron will pay the maximum overdue fine of $20.

Streaming/Online Collections:

You can access subscribed online video collections. This content is available to current UIW students and faculty only.  UIW users will need to authenticate using their UIW credentials.

You can also access a selection of free audiovisual materials online by following this link. These items can be used by our affiliates and our guests. No log in is required.

Borrowing Materials from Other Libraries (Interlibrary Loan)

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service that allows UIW users to borrow books and obtain copies of articles not available in the UIW Library from other libraries throughout the United States. Our interlibrary loan service is meant to provide UIW users with the necessary materials for their education and research.

The UIW Library has a reciprocal service that lends books and provides copies of articles to users at other U.S. libraries. The loan period is three weeks. The provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law and individual library policies regulate both lending and borrowing of library materials.

More about Interlibrary Loan

TexShare Cards - Students may obtain a TexShare card from the Reference Desk. The TexShare card, along with your UIW ID, allows you to borrow books from other Texas libraries (public and academic). TexShare differs from interlibrary loan in that with TexShare, the borrower is responsible for returning the materials directly to the lending library. TexShare cards must be renewed each semester. Learn more about the program at TexShare Card Program.