Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS) exists to meet the informational research needs of Howard Payne University’s off-site students, faculty and support staff located in El Paso & New Braunfels, as well as those students who attend only online. Off-campus & online students have full access to HPU’s online catalog, as well as our many online databases. Off-campus & online students are allowed to borrow books from HPU’s collection, use interlibrary loan services, and carry an HPU-issued TexShare card which will allow access to local academic libraries through a state wide resource sharing agreement. The OCLS office offers all of this, plus individual assistance from a Howard Payne librarian via e-mail and our toll free phone number: 877-311-3199.

Contact Us

Call toll-free at 877-311-3199. Please leave a voicemail message with name and number to be reached. E-mail the OCLS Office. The OCLS librarian will respond to your email as soon as possible. The Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS) office operates Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Get a Library Barcode Number

All registered students at our El Paso and New Braunfels sites are issued a student ID card. Your 13-digit library barcode number is on the back of this ID card. Online students must request a library barcode by calling us at 877-311-3199 or e-mailing the OCLS Office.

Accessing Library Materials Online

Visit the HPU library’s website and select the resource you wish to use. Enter your Gateway Username & Password to login when prompted.

Borrowing Books from the Brownwood Campus

Students at the El Paso or New Braunfels off-campus sites, may request books found in the HPU library’s online catalog or by contacting us at our toll-free number 877-311-3199 or e-mailing the OCLS Office. If the requested books are available, they will be mailed to the off-campus site, where they will be available for students to pick up. Books from the HPU library are assigned a loan period of three weeks from the day they are checked out. Students may request one renewal. Online Students may also request books from HPU’s library catalog,  or by contacting us at  our toll-free number 877-311-3199 or e-mailing the OCLS Office. If the requested books are available, they will be mailed to the student’s residence.

Returning Books to the Brownwood Campus

Students at the El Paso or New Braunfels off-campus sites, should return library materials to the site where they picked them up. From there, a site staff member will mail the books back to the library on the main campus.

Online students should return borrowed library materials by mail directly to:
Walker Memorial Library
Howard Payne University
1000 Fisk Street
Brownwood, TX 76801

Requesting Items through Interlibrary Loan

Access the Interlibrary Loan Request Form, available here.

Using a "Texshare" card at HPU libraries throughout Texas

A TexShare card provides you with borrowing privileges at more than 500 participaing TexShare libraries across the state. This may be of particular interest to off-campus site students and online students, as this card grants you borrowing privileges at participating libraries in your local area.

TexShare cards are issued by the Howard Payne Univeristy library and can be obtained by request through the OCLS Office.

To obtain a TexShare card, students:

  1. Must be enrolled at HPU for the current semester. TexShare cards expire at the end of each semester.
  2. Must not have any outstanding library fines or fees.
  3. Must present a photo ID when using the TexShare card.
  4. Must abide by the rules and procedures of the lending library.

For a list of participating libraries in your area and their lending policies, please visit the TexShare website.

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