About the Library

About the Library's Name

Radcliffe Killam and the Killam family name are synonymous with support of higher education in South Texas and beyond. Killam (deceased) and his wife, Sue Spivey Killam, helped fulfill Laredo's long-cherished dream of a campus for Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) with their generous gift of 300 acres of prime land in northeast Laredo for Texas' newest four-year University. The University's Library bears their name in recognition of their remarkable partnership.

Radcliffe Killam was a guiding hand in much of the nation's oil and gas industries’ growth in the past 50 years. His interests included exploration, production and transportation. His diversified businesses included extensive ranching interests, residential and commercial real estate development, banking and financial investments.

With wife Sue at his side, the couple assisted greatly in the growth of TAMIU, providing primary support for the University's Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade. They also established an Endowment known as the O. W. Killam Scholarship Fund.

The Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library

Students and faculty at Texas A&M International University benefit from an attractive library facility that is well equipped to handle traditional print library resources as well as the rapidly expanding electronic library services. They also enjoy an excellent discovery tool and access to the library collections through the WorldShare Management System’s WorldCat Discovery.  The collection consists of 798,897 titles including print books, ebooks, audiovisual materials and Federal and Texas State Government Documents.  Additionally the library houses substantial collections in microfilm and microfiche as well as archival materials in the Special Collections.

The Texas A&M International University library belongs to TexShare, a state-wide resource sharing network featuring joint electronic databases, an interlibrary loan agreement supported by a courier service administered through Amigos Library Services, and a universal library ID card. The Killam Library is also a member of OCLC, a world-wide library network, which makes the collections of other institutions available to our library through interlibrary loan. Killam Library’s membership in the Texas Digital Library facilitates publication of locally produced digital materials such as theses, dissertations and electronic journals.  The library also belongs to a consortium of other Texas A&M University System libraries, which achieves greater value and more extensive resources through collective licensing of databases.   More information on the Killam Library is available on the university web page (http://library.tamiu.edu/).

The Library began its first year of operation in 1995 as an independent, university library. We are in the process of building collections and designing services at a fascinating time when the definition of library service is changing rapidly due to the proliferation of electronic information sources and technologies. We invite you to take advantage of these trends and explore the information resources in our library. You may also wish to contact the Killam Library staff via email if you have questions about our services.