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Groundhog Library


The Groundhog Library

The Groundhog Library is a student-led initiative that provides textbooks for students in need.  Founded in 2019, the Groundhog Library is a collection of more than 700 core books and textbooks available for students in core and upper level courses.

Current Officers

Founder Edisson Ramos
President Mariah Houser
Vice-President Jacob Rombs


By the students for the students, the Groundhog Library will be something which will allow students to leave a real legacy behind them.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Groundhog Library?

The Groundhog Library provides textbooks to students who need them.

Who qualifies to receive textbooks?

Every student at UD is available to receive books. However, students who are in need will be able to have priority over book availability. Qualification in order for students to be prioritized will be handled by UD Financial Aid. Those students will be able to get their books before all books are open to the all students. Meaning, if you are a priority student, you can grab any books you need before we open to the public. After this window, every book is first come first served on the basis of availability. If you need the book, and we have it, it’s yours—no questions asked.

How do I checkout a book?

If the Groundhog Library has a book you need, grab the book and head to front desk of the library. Here you will need to present your student ID, and the book is yours for the semester. 

Can we keep the books?

Students may use our books for the whole semester completely free. However, when the semester is over, or you no longer need the book we will need to ask for the all books to be returned. We wish everyone could keep the books, but in order for more students to continue to benefit from this, we ask that you give the book back when you’re done. Again, there aren’t any late fees or caveats associated with the books you receive. Use them as long as you like, all we ask is that you give them back before the semester ends so other students can use them in the future.

Do I need to sign up to receive books?

All you require to checkout is books is a valid University of Dallas ID. You will use this to check the books out. Any current UD student is able to benefit from the Groundhog Library.

Where can I checkout these books?

We are located inside the University of Dallas Library. The books are currently shelved in the back of the Blakley building, which is the quiet study area located across the bridge in the Library.

Can I see what books are available before I come to check them out?

Yes, you can browse the Groundhog Library collection before borrowing books. The books are shelved openly and organized according to subject and author. If you would like assistance finding the books, please ask any staff member at the Library. You can also email or call 972-721-5315.

Where can I find news and more information on the Groundhog Library?

What are Groundhog Library book drives?

Nearing the end of a semester, if anyone has textbooks they would like to donate we will be hosting an event where students can do so. Also, if you can’t make the event, you can take your gently used core books to the Library and let them know that they are donations for the Groundhog Library.

How can I help?

  • Become a club member.
  • Follow us on social media.
  • Tell your friends and spread the word to other students.
  • Become a club officer (contact any executive member for more information)
  • Volunteer to help on event days.
  • Donate your books to our cause. All books donated will be catalogued and available to check out for all students.
  • Donate monetary donations through UD Advancement. Link is below. (NOTE: Donations can be made by clicking "other" on the drop down menu and designating the gift to The Groundhog Library.)

Is the Groundhog Library part of the University of Dallas?

The Groundhog Library is part of the University of Dallas’ Club and Organizations.


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