Library Departments

Acquisitions & Serials represents the business side of the library. We administer the library materials budget and follow fiscal regulations. We interact with faculty, librarians, and the publishing and information industries to acquire content in all formats for the library collections.”

Cataloging facilitates the discovery and access of the library’s physical and digital collections by adding and maintaining content available through WorldCat Discovery and the TAMIU Digital Repository.

Circulation administers the circulation of library materials, media resources, course reserves, stack maintenance, and accounts receivable. In addition to specific areas of responsibility, circulation Department staff is responsible for opening and closing the building, and monitoring adherence to house rules and the general safety and security of the building and collections.

Government Documents Sue & Radcliffe Killam Library is a selective depository library under the Federal Depository Library Program. Through this program, the Library receives 34% of the items available from the Government Printing Office (GPO). The Government Printing Office is one of the most prolific publishers in the world; information on almost any subject can be found in Federal government publications.

Interlibrary Loan is a service that helps you obtain materials that are unavailable in the Killam Library from other libraries across the globe.

Reference & Library Instruction  staffs the reference desk and assists students, faculty and visitors with information and research needs and also teaches information literacy and library use sessions to university classes upon request of instructors.  Reference librarians also serve as library liaisons to colleges and academic departments assisting them with library collection development in their disciplines.

Special Collections & Archives maintains collections of archival materials that provide a deeper understanding of the history of Laredo and the surrounding region of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.  This area of the library also provides access to highly illustrated materials, fragile, rare and unique collections that extend beyond the scope of regional history.  The materials archived in Special Collections includes personal, family and regional histories, postcards, photographs, maps, manuscript collections, original documents, rare and fragile books, and much more.