Mary and Jeff Bell Library
Instructional Programs : Library tours or course-specific classes, including presentations on electronic databases, can be arranged on an individual or group basis. Check at the Reference /Information Desk for further information.
Reserve Materials : Materials placed on reserve by the faculty and current textbooks are located in the Circulation Department. Reserve materials may be accessed at Circulation by presenting a University identification card ($andollar card).
Main Collection : The Bell Library's collection includes more than 400,000 books, most of which are located on the second floor. The collection is by the Library of Congress call number and is accessed via PORTAL, Bell Library's electronic catalog.
Copy Machines : Photocopy machines are available for public use. Photocopies (paper and microform) are ten cents each or eight cents using a SandDollar ID card. For assistance with the paper photocopy machines, ask at the Circulation Department.
Group Study Rooms : Located on the second floor, the group study rooms are available for small groups who wish to discuss course work or study together. Priority given to group study.
Electronic Resources Workstations: There are 30 public workstations on the 1st floor of the library that are dedicated to searching the internet and other electronic resources for information. Three additional public workstations are located on the 2nd floor. These computers do not have software applications, such as Word, Excel, or Power Point. They use the University's print management system which requires the use of SandDollar or Sandpaper card to print.
Library Instructional Centers: The primary purpose of these facilities (LIC1, LIC2) is to teach students, faculty, and staff how to access, use, and evaluate electronic and other library resources. Instruction is done by librarians and other library staff. Instruction sessions can be arranged by contacting Lisa Louis at (361)825-5905 or Lisa.Louis@tamucc.edu. These facilities are also staffed with student assistants and are available as computer labs all hours the library is open, when they are not in use for instruction. Times for the use of these rooms as computer labs will vary.
Microfilm Reader/Printers:These include six machines located near Library room 120 that allow the viewing of periodicals, government documents and other resources in microfilm or microfiche. Copies may be made for 10 cents each - quarters, nickels, and dimes only. The periodicals department staff will assist patrons with any difficulties.
Popular Periodicals Section: This section houses the most recent issues of over 160 popular magazine titles and 30 newspapers from Texas including Corpus Christi, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin as well as a number of large US cities.
New Books: New bookshelves contain books that have been recently added to the collection and have their own area of shelving on the first floor. These items are available for check-out and new government publications.
Very Quiet Study Area: This is an absolutely QUIET study area available for the students use. No talking or electronic devices are allowed.
Curriculum Collection: The curriculum collection is maintained in support of the College of Education. Some materials are library use only, but most may be checked out.
Reference Desk: The staff at the Reference Desk assist library patrons in finding information they need and in using the library's resources. We provide assistance to users off campus by telephone, at 361-825-2609, and through our "Ask-A-Librarian" service. Please contact the Reference Desk if you need assistance in finding or using information resources.
Reference Desk hours are:
Juvenile Collection: The Juvenile Collection is a circulating collection of children’s literature available for check-out.
Oversized Books: Oversized books have their own area of shelving to accomodate their size. They are shelved in Library of Congress classification order and display an "OV" above the call number to indicate oversized. All are available for check-out.
Men and Women's Restrooms
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