Free Library Services Make TAMIU’s Library Accessible to All

Free Library Services Reach Beyond
Books at TAMIU’s Killam Library

Has today’s economy forced you to cut back? With Texas A&M International University’s Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, you can still enjoy life…while maintaining a tight budget.

You can listen to CDs with music by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, find books with tips to help you improve your resume, read the latest magazines, surf the Internet at quicker than normal speed or watch videos on-site at TAMIU’s Killam Library.

All of these items and services are available to TAMIU students, staff and faculty, local educators and library patrons free of charge and to members of the community who purchase community library member cards.

“The Killam Library began its first year of operation in 1995 as an independent, University library,” said Rodney Webb, Library director.

“The Library now houses more than 259,000 bound volumes and provides access to 1,492 print periodical subscriptions and more than 28,000 electronic journals in full text or image. Over 842,400 microform units and over 51,290 state and federal documents are available to Library users,” Webb listed.

In addition to all the volumes of books and periodicals, the Library also has a collection of DVDs and VHS tapes that will entertain patrons with feature movies, inform with documentaries and educational films and train with how-to videos that can be viewed on-site at the Killam Library’s viewing stations.

Although videos are not available to be checked out, for those who enjoy music, the Library has a collection of CDs available to check out.

Yes, all of these services are available free of charge not only to University students, faculty and staff, but also to patrons of TexShare institutions and local educators.

TAMIU provides educator courtesy cards to Laredo Independent School District and United I.S.D. teachers, nurses, counselors and administrators that entitles them to circulation privileges free of charge.

TexShare card holders can also use their cards at the Killam Library and use the Library services reserved for TAMIU students, faculty, staff and educator courtesy card holders.

The Laredo Public Library is a member of TexShare, a state-wide consortium of academic and public libraries. Contact your local library for more information on how to obtain a TexShare card.

Visitors who do not qualify for free services may purchase a community library member card. They must be 18 years or older, demonstrate local residency, fill out an application form and pay $25 for a membership card good for one year. Community library member card holders are entitled to circulation privileges and Wi-Fi access at Starbucks, located in the Killam Library.

Other visitors have access to library books and other materials in open collections and access to computers on the first floor of the Killam Library. Visitors may also receive assistance in locating collections and services and reference assistance, including basic instruction for the online catalog.
The Killam Library also has traditional services available in addition to the regular collections. The Library owns collections of U.S. Federal documents, Texas state documents and a special collection of materials featuring local and regional history.

For more information, visit the Killam Library at 5201 University Boulevard, check out its new Web site at library.tamiu.edu or contact Webb at 326.2400.

Library hours are Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 8 p.m.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu