Texas A&M University Libraries

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Texas A&M University Libraries
TAMU EvansAnnex.JPG
Evans Library and Library Annex
CountryUnited States
TypeAcademic library
LocationCollege Station, Texas
Items collectedbooks, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, maps, manuscripts, photographs, art collections, and films
Sizeca. 5 million items
Access and use
Population servedTexas A&M University Students, Faculty, and Staff, and outlying area
MembersTexas A&M University Students, Faculty, and Staff, and courtesy users from outlying area
Other information
Budget$38 million[2][3]
DirectorDavid H. Carlson[4]
WebsiteTexas A&M University Libraries

The Texas A&M University Libraries support the teaching, research, and outreach missions of Texas A&M University through leadership in acquiring, managing, and delivering information in an environment that fosters learning and inquiry. In particular, Texas A&M is nationally and internationally recognized for many research collections, including:

Contents and Services[edit]


The libraries house over 4.5 million print volumes, including nearly 124,000 serial titles, and over 5.5 million microform items. Holdings also include approximately 250,000 maps in the Maps & GIS Library, and over 21,000 feet (6,400 m) of archival and manuscript collections in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, including approximately 170,000 printed volumes, over 50,000 photographs, over 200 original works of art, hundreds of individual artifacts, and other works on film, tape, CD, and other media. The Media & Reserves desk houses popular and academic films on DVD, VHS, and Blu-ray, popular and academic music on CDs, and textbooks for many classes on Course Reserve.[6] Patrons can suggest a purchase for new library acquisitions (popular or academic). The library also provides extensive online resources, including more than 12,500 electronic journals and newspapers, over 700 databases, and over 1 million eBooks.[7] Most databases and electronic books are available remotely to students in their dorms, faculty in their offices, or affiliated patrons working from home. Most collections are included in LibCat,[8] the Libraries' catalog, or the Texas A&M Medical Sciences Library catalog.[9]


The library provides a number of services to support the teaching and research needs of Texas A&M students and faculty. The Evans Library Annex and the West Campus Library are open 24/5 to meet the needs of students who increasingly stay late to do research and reading for their classes, as well as work on projects. The Library Annex opens at 9:00 AM on Sunday and closes at 9:00 PM on Friday, while West Campus Library opens at 1:00 PM on Sunday and stays open until 5:00 PM on Friday. Wireless access is available in every library, and laptop computers and netbooks can be checked out for use inside or outside of the library.

Get It For Me/Document Delivery[edit]

Get It For Me![10] offers a campus-wide document delivery service which allows patrons to request items from either the Texas A&M Libraries or a lending library. The service will provide electronic copies of articles, journals, or book chapters (up to 50 pages) for students, staff, and faculty. Get It For Me! can also be used to request that staff retrieve a book owned by the Texas A&M Libraries and place for patron pick-up at any of the libraries in the system.

Search Tools and Popular Databases[edit]

Time-saving search tools are available through SearchNow linking to the most appropriate full text of many books and journals available online.[11] LibCat and the MSL Catalog can be used to narrow down searches from topics to specific authors or books. The Libraries also have a list of popular databases available to students, staff, and faculty[12] for on- or off- campus use.

Subject Librarians[edit]

The libraries have a subject librarian[13] for each academic subject offered on campus to aid in beginning the research process specific to classes and reference in the respective field. Evans Library has a consultation area for an on-duty librarian to help incoming patrons begin the research process. Patrons can request to make an appointment with a librarian to discuss any research matters and/or general questions.

Social Outreach and Other Services[edit]

In recent years, the libraries have begun to reach out to patrons through social media, maintaining a TAMU Libraries page on Facebook, a Twitter feed for the TAMU Libraries, a TAMU Libraries YouTube Channel, among other social out reach options. Patrons are provided with a variety of ways for contacting the libraries, including messaging an on-duty librarian via text, chat, email, phone, and office hours.[14]


Among the Texas A&M Libraries are:

Sterling C. Evans Library and Library Annex [15][edit]

The general academic library containing the bulk of the library collections and services, including access services, interlibrary loan, consolidated reference, current periodicals and serials, course reserves, United States and Texas government documents, audiovisual and media services, reading and study rooms, and the Administrative Offices. The Maps & GIS Library[16] resides on the second floor of the Evans Library, as does the University Writing Center.[17] The Office of Graduate Studies houses the Thesis Office in room 612 on the sixth floor of Evans Library.[18] Both Evans Library and the Library Annex provide have public study areas, as well as group and individual study rooms[19] for students, staff, and faculty. The Library Annex is open 24/5 to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students.

Cushing Library

Cushing Memorial Library and Archives[edit]

Constructed in 1930 and named after Edward Benjamin Cushing, it was the first freestanding library facility on campus and is now home to special collections, rare books, and the University Archives.[20] The collections span recorded history, from Sumerian clay tablets dating from 2400 BCE to contemporary science fiction paperbacks. These collections comprise over 21,000 feet (6,400 m) of manuscript and archival material, approximately 170,000 printed volumes, over 50,000 photographs, over 200 original works of art, hundreds of individual artifacts, and other works on film, tape, CD, and other media.[21] Collection strengths and interests of the Cushing Library include military history,[22] science fiction, western Americana, 19th-century American prints and illustrators, modern politics, Texana, natural history, Africana, Hispanic studies, ornithology, nautical archaeology, 18th-century French history and culture, Mexican colonial history, the history of books and printing, the history of Texas A&M, and selected literary collections. Historic images and photographs of the Texas A&M community are available from the Historic Images Collection.

Medical Sciences Library

Maps & GIS Library[edit]

The Map & GIS Library is located in Room 202B of the Sterling C. Evans Library. The collection consists of over 250,000 individual sheet maps, 3,000 atlases and gazetteers, and 1000 CD/DVDs, including worldwide coverage of topographic and geological maps, and GIS datasets. The Maps & GIS Library also houses the "Maps of Imaginary Places Collection," a collection of maps of fictional lands from literature, games, television, film, radio shows, and other media. The Library offers GIS assistance for those seeking data and support. They also provide assistance to all colleges and agencies associated with Texas A&M, as well as members of the local community.[23]

Medical Sciences Library[edit]

The Medical Sciences Library serves as the primary library for the undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in the colleges of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the Institute for Biosciences & Technology, the School of Public Health, and graduate students in the Department of Health & Kinesiology. The Medical Sciences Library also serves as a resources library for Texas veterinarians and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine alumni. In addition, the library contracts with the National Library of Medicine's Regional Medical Library to perform outreach services to area hospitals, clinics and health care providers in a 22 county area.

Policy Sciences and Economics Library[edit]

Located at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center, the Policy Sciences & Economics Library provides library resources and services to the Department of Economics, the Department of Political Science, and the George Bush School of Government and Public Service.

Qatar Library[edit]

Texas A&M University has initiated a program of study in the emerging nation of Qatar. A focused and growing library supports the four engineering disciplines: chemical, electrical, mechanical, and petroleum and the liberal arts subject areas required for these degrees. In addition to managing information resources, the library provides service and support to a multinational student body and faculty researchers as well as the local community of oil/gas industry specialists. Built on the vast collection of the home campus library system, the library integrates a small but core collection of print books, journals and audiovisual materials with a large body of electronic resources.

Digital Library[edit]

Provides services that support the scholarly activities of faculty and students. It serves as a repository for research including undergraduate theses, graduate theses and dissertations, faculty publications and datasets, digital archives, course management and learning materials, digital media, and special collections.

West Campus Library

West Campus Library[edit]

Providing library resources and services to the Mays Business School, West Campus Library offers specialized collections of current periodicals, reference works, and monographs in business and agriculture. It houses the patent and trademark depository. In addition to its collections, the West Campus Library is open 24/5[24] to meet the needs of students who increasingly stay late to do research and reading for their classes, as well as work on projects.

5 Millionth Volume[edit]

On February 27, 2015 Texas A&M University Libraries added its five millionth volume. George R.R. Martin, author of A Game of Thrones, contributed a rare first edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.[25]


  1. ^ Cushings Building History Archived 2012-07-22 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ User and Collection Statistics Archived 2013-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ ARL Analytics
  4. ^ Dean News Source Archived 2013-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Library Phone Index". Archived from the original on 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  6. ^ Media & Reserves Collections Archived 2013-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Patron and Collection Statistics Archived 2013-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ LibCat
  9. ^ MSL Catalog
  10. ^ Get It For Me
  11. ^ Library Main Page
  12. ^ Popular Databases[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Subject Librarians Archived 2013-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Ask The Libraries". Archived from the original on 2013-06-04. Retrieved 2013-06-10.
  15. ^ Sterling C. Evans Library and Library Annex
  16. ^ MAPS & GIS Library Archived 2013-06-09 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Texas A&M University Writing Center". Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  18. ^ Office of Graduate Studies
  19. ^ Texas A&M University Libraries General Information
  20. ^ Cushings Building History
  21. ^ User and Collection Statistics
  22. ^ Military History
  23. ^ Maps & GIS Library
  24. ^ Texas A&M University Libraries General Information
  25. ^ “Texas A & M Libraries Receives 5 Millionth Volume, A First Edition of The Hobbit.” Texas A&M Today.February 27, 2015. http://today.tamu.edu/2015/02/27/texas-am-libraries-receives-five-millionth-volume-a-first-edition-of-the-hobbit/

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