Chapter VII. Academic Services

J. E. and L. E. Mabee Library

The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word is the academic and intellectual center of the campus. The library is the focal point for individual or collaborative research and teaching in the 21st century by combining old traditions with new technological advancements in storing and disseminating data. The library houses a collection of more than 300,000 items in various formats and maintains current subscriptions to some 39,000 unique serial titles. The Audiovisual Collection features more than 17,000 items in many formats to support the academic curricula and to cultivate the visual arts. Some of the areas covered are musical compositions, feature films, documentaries, plays and foreign language materials.

All library materials are classified and arranged in the stacks according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System, and are accessible by searching the Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).

                Library Mission Statement
                The Library serves to support the academic process with an appropriate collection of
                resources, offered in a spirit of Christian service, in a setting where equipment and facilities
                promote excellence in learning with materials to educate, inspire, and recreate.

Guided by the tenets in the Mission statement the staff aims at providing comprehensive services and sufficient resources to directly support the academic quality of the graduate programs offered at the University. The library’s facilities and equipment meet current design standards for learning and instruction. Librarians and support staff select materials with the help of faculty and students, and maintain and interpret the collections for the library patrons.

Library Catalog & Electronic Resources

The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) serves as the gateway to the library’s holdings in various collections and formats. Each bibliographic record offers several access points, such as author, title and subject by which a record can be retrieved and displayed on a screen.   

The Library also maintains a dynamic web page which links to academic information within the library and to external sites as needed. Links on the library’s web page provide access  to databases designed to aggregate the research publications in a certain discipline, such as ABI/INFORM and CINAHL for research articles published in the area of Business and Nursing respectively. The library offers access to more than 100 academic databases to the campus community to meet their research needs.

Since the Internet and the World Wide Web have become part of students’ information seeking processes, the vision of the library has adapted to guiding students to the proper use of these tools. The new vision aims at training students to critically evaluate and use academic resources in any format. This goal is reached by having librarian-subject specialists to offer Information Literacy instruction sessions on identifying and using electronic resources.    

A scholar’s research experience is further enriched by participating in regional and national library consortia for resource sharing. By participating in these agreements, the J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word offers to UIW faculty and students access to additional resources to be found in other libraries off campus. Researchers can research  WorldCat, a global bibliographic database provided by the Online Computer Literacy Center (OCLC).  WordCat offers access to 98 million records of holdings from 60,000 member-libraries from 112 countries.  Books available in academic libraries in Texas can be borrowed in person by obtaining a TexShare Borrower’s Card available at the Reference Desk for users in good standing with the library. The Interlibrary Loan service offers the advantage of submitting a request to the home library to borrow materials on behalf of the user from any OCLC-member libraries.

Accessibility of Library Resources

The library resources are accessible by persons affiliated with the University. Borrowing privileges are extended only to persons with a valid UIW identification card and in good standing with the library.
The library also welcomes off-campus researchers and the general public to the occasional use of its resources. All non-affiliated visitors are subject to the Library Rules of Conduct for Guests. On-line access to the library’s electronic resources requires user authentication through the university’s server which is possible by entering a valid login name and password. The library’s server is also supported by a wireless network which allows qualified users of laptops to access the network from a convenient location within the campus. Off-campus access is possible by activating the VPN client software.

Library Collections and Facilities  – 1st Floor

Audiovisuals—a collection of over 17,000 non-print media in various formats.

Finnegan’s Coffee Shop—a refreshment center adjacent to the Library Atrium offers the opportunity for library users to relax while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea and/or a snack!

Public Access Computers---- Room 110 is adjacent to the Reference

The Reference Collection—Scholarly publications and materials for in-house consultation support all UIW programs.  This includes an extensive bibliography section, as well as general and subject specific reference resources.

Reserves—faculty selected materials for limited circulation in support of learning requirements for specific courses are kept at the Circulation Desk for Reserve Reading.

Texana Collection—an outstanding selection of books about Texas and by Texas authors housed on the first floor in the area behind the Reference Desk. 

Library Collections – 2nd Floor
Adina De Zavala-Menger Archival Collections—house a portion of archival documents bequeathed to the University by the woman described by Texas historians as the “savior of the Alamo” and the descendants of a German immigrant family who found the historic hotel in downtown San Antonio. Open to researchers by appointment only.

Sr. Collette Ross Children and Young People’s Collection—a wide variety of primary and secondary level fiction and non-fiction books to support reading and research needs for Education and Children’s Literature courses are available in this collection.
Current Periodicals & Microforms Room—all current and bound issues of  journals and newspapers, as well as serials on microfilm are located on the second floor.  This area also includes the Library of American Civilization (a microfiche collection of 19,100 books representing historical primary and secondary source material for graduate level research).

Curriculum Materials Collectiona collection of current state-adopted textbooks, curriculum guides, and other materials related to studies in Education and teacher preparation are found on the second floor near the Sr. Collette Ross Children and Young People’s Collection

Joe L. Frost Play and Play Environments Research Collection—a collection of unique research items on Children’s Play.

Special Collections Suite—is the principal repository for rare books, manuscripts and other materials. Available to researchers by appointment only.


The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following individuals who through their estates have given funds or in-kind gifts to the library: The Estate of Arsenne Blondin, given in memory of the Alfred Lyster Blondin Family, to support the purchasing of books and other resources for doctoral level studies. The George W. Brackenridge Foundation has contributed funds for the acquisition of rare books; the Richard Spencer Lewis Foundation for Nursing books, and the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts Collection for books and audiovisual items in support of Theater and the Performing Arts. M. Jeanne Fairweather, M.D., has funded music books as has the Estate of Edward O’Brien Young, providing a bequest along with a rich collection of music resource materials.  The Dawson Estate Environmental Science Fund has provided reference and circulating environment books throughout the library collections.  A gift from the Steves Family in honor of Joan Cahill Steves has provided funds for the enhancement of holdings of the Graduate Program in Religious Studies.   Books from the Estates of Sallie Frances Grimes and James Boone have strengthened holdings in Literature and in Mathematics.  Individuals contributing substantial collections include John Igo and Ben Fitzgerald. Elizabeth Loch has given the Yanaguana Society’s full line of publications, and Florence Rosengren, the noted San Antonio bookseller, gave her Presentation Copy Collection to the Library.  In recent years, Dr. and Mrs. Joe L. Frost have established an endowment to support the continuous growth of the Play and Play Environments Research Collection.

Office of Technology Training

The Office of Instructional Technology provides technology facilities, software, audiovisual equipment distribution and media production services in support of instruction and special events. The office also provides technology training to the Incarnate Word community.

The Office of Instructional Technology operates the Media Center, a computer lab with 50+ computers located in the basement of the Mabee Library. The Media Center is open to faculty, staff, and students in support of their use of computer technology and instruction. In addition to standard software such as Microsoft Office, the lab provides access to specialized software programs to support student work in a variety of courses. This facility is open 7 days a week; the entrance to the Media Center is on the south side of the library.

The Media Service Center also provides audiovisual equipment to classrooms and audio, digital graphic and video services to faculty and students. Students may request production services from the Multimedia Specialist. To check out equipment, however, an instructor must make a request in the student’s behalf. The Media Service Center has large format printing and scanning services and a room set aside for audio and video editing.

The Department of Instructional Technology offers classes in software applications including Microsoft Outlook, Access, PowerPoint and Excel, Adobe Acrobat, SPSS, and Blackboard. Classes are available for faculty, students and staff.

Training opportunities include:

For more information about training, the Media Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology go to