The Round Rock Campus Library posted its first blog entry on August 25, 2014. Head Librarian Anthony Guardado wrote about the new chat service available to students to reach RRC Librarians while away from campus.

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This will be the final blog post.

We will be working over the next couple of weeks to remove the blog feed on the RRC Library homepage, replacing it with a Twitter feed. We launched a Twitter account (@TXSTRRCLibrary) at the end of August 2018 and have used the last several months to become familiar with the platform. Now we are ready to more actively display our new content. With a present Twitter feed we will be able to get more information to you more often. The feed will be updated at least daily, much more frequent than the alternating weekly schedule of the blog.

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We still have a chat service and we are certainly still here, so Come In and Find Out More. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter.

Intersession Hours

The Round Rock Campus Library will have altered hours during the Winter intersession.

The RRC Library will be open Monday, December 17th and Tuesday, December 18th 8am through 5pm.

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The library will be closed in observance of the Winter holidays from Wednesday, December 19th through Tuesday, January 1st.

Beginning Wednesday, January 2nd the library will have 8am – 5pm hours through Friday, January 18th. The library will be closed, however, on Sundays. Sunday hours will continue with normal library hours at the start of the semester Tuesday, January 22nd.

Come In and Find Out More …. Just be sure we are open.


December 17 – December 18:            8am – 5pm

December 19 – January 1:                  CLOSED

January 2 – January 18*:                    8am – 5pm

January 21:                                         CLOSED (Martin Luther King Day)

*RRC Library will be closed on Sundays during the intersession

Happy Hanukkah

This week marks the annual celebration of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.  The festival commemorates the miracle of one day worth of lamp oil lasting eight, helping the Maccabees secure a military victory. The celebration is also regarded as “representing a spiritual illumination”. Further, it should not be overlooked it takes place during the shortest days of the year.

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Several religious traditions have a major celebration about light during this time of year. The Hindu faith celebrates Diwali in Autumn, as the daylight hours are near their shortest. And, of course, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, “the light of the world”, near the winter solstice.

The Texas State University Libraries offer many resources on religions and their holidays. For more information, Come In and Find Our More.

Round Rock Campus Faculty Speaker Series

Dr. Christopher B Jenney, PhD, MSc, IMBA, Assistant Professor at the School of Family and Consumer Sciences will be presenting “Addiction Medicine: Innovation in a Growing Epidemic” this Wednesday, November 14th as a part of the RRC Faculty Speaker Series. The event will take place at 6:30pm in Avery Hall, Room 256.

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Dr. Jenney’s research studies the effects of diet on addiction within individuals. Check out a few of his articles here:

Jenney, C. B., Alexander, D. N., Jones, B. C., Unger, E. L., & Grigson, P. S. (2016). Preweaningiron deficiency increases non-contingent responding during cocaine self-administration in rats doi://

Jenney, C. B., Petko, J., Ebersole, B., Njatcha, C. V. N., Uzamere, T. O., Alexander, D. N., . . .Levenson, R. (2016). Early avoidance of a heroin-paired taste-cue and subsequent addiction-like behavior in rats doi://

Jaremko, K. M., Thompson, N. L., Reyes, B. A. S., Jin, J., Ebersole, B., Jenney, C. B., . . . Van Bockstaele, E. J. (2014). Morphine-induced trafficking of a mu-opioid receptor interacting protein in rat locus coeruleus neurons doi://

The RRC Faculty Speaker Series host several lecturers each semester to discuss their research on a variety of topics. Be sure to check the Round Rock Campus home page for future dates and stop by the RRC Library …. Come In and Find Out More.


Caribbean History and Culture, 1535 – 1920

This past week the efforts of Christopher Columbus were recognized with the annual observation of his namesake holiday. Last May, the Texas State University Libraries added the Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920 database, providing insight to the new world Columbus’ explorations created.

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Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920 presents a number of historical documents in the form of books, almanacs, and other ephemera. The primary sources are fully searchable and can be browsed by genre, subject, author, place of publication, or language. George Washington’s journal from his time in Barbados and a lecture from John Jay about the emancipation of the West Indies are available.

Check out the Libraries’ Database’s What’s New page to see what resources have been added. And stop by the Round Rock Campus Library ….Come In and Find Out More.

New Hours


The Round Rock Campus Library will be implementing new, longer hours beginning on Monday, August 27th, 2018 – the first day of the Fall Semester.

The library will now be open 8:00 am – 10:00 pm, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Fridays.

The library will, also be open on Sundays 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm, beginning September 9th (the RRC Library will be closed Sunday, September 2 and Monday, September 3 in observation of Labor Day)

RRC Library Hours

We hope that these new service times can better suit the needs of the Texas State University – Round Rock Campus community as it continues to grow and provide more opportunities to Come In and Find Out More.

A Very Short Introduction

In 1995 the Oxford University Press released Classics: A Very Short Introduction by Mary Beard and John Henderson. On July 24, 2018 Demography: A Very Short Introduction by Sarah Harper was published. In between, Oxford University Press has offered a Very Short Introduction to 568 topics ranging from The Koran to The History of Cinema to Sound and beyond.

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Texas State University Libraries offers access to many, many of the entries to the collection – both physically and digitally. The digital editions are available through both ProQuest’s EBook Central and EBSCO’s eBook Academic Collection.

An interim period is coming up in a few weeks allowing for a few moments of free reading, grab a couple copies from the A Very Short Introduction series and Come In and Find Out More.

World Cup ’18

The 2018 World Cup, crowning a champion this Sunday, has been a thrilling display of athleticism and endurance, sportsmanship and teamwork, and national pride and geopolitics. The 32 participating countries each have their unique style of play, but also their own unique national identity consisting of a history, culture, and political systems. Fortunately, Texas State University Libraries offers numerous resources to help familiarize the world.

According to Gale’s Countries of the World and Their Leaders, 32% of the population of Belgium speaks French. A good lip reader may detect a number of French vulgarities exchanged during the semi-final match against France. Texas State University Libraries also offers the opportunity for students to learn French through Rosetta Stone.

World map featuring Belgium

Semi-Finalist Croatia and Group E participants, Serbia, were both formerly part of a historical nation called Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia reached the semifinals in the 1930 and 1962 World Cups. Visit CountryWatch for more information about Croatia and Serbia.

England is often cited for creating soccer. However, ProQuest’s CultureGrams will only go as far as to say that England develop the modern rules for the sport. The national team’s current run into the semi-finals (as of the time of this writing) has inspired their supports to sing “It’s Coming Home”.   

Between matches … Come In and Find Out More.