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Coates Library

The Elizabeth Huth Coates Library supports and stimulates teaching and learning by providing an environment in which instruction and research can thrive. The Library develops information literacy among students and faculty so that they may effectively use all forms of information in teaching and learning.

Library Building and Collections

The four-story library building houses all Trinity University library collections and services as well as the AT&T Center for Learning and Technology, Java City, and a digital print shop.

Library Fast Facts

  • Finished area currently in use: 164,307 square feet
  • Reader spaces available: more than 800
  • Books and bound periodical volumes: more than 911,530
  • Additional volumes of government documents (federal, state and City of San Antonio): more than 128,959
  • Microforms: more than 1,395,200
  • Periodical subscriptions: 2,444; access to more than 95,000 electronic subscriptions
  • Media (including VHS, Videodisc, DVD, CD, and LP recordings): more than 35,315

2013-14 Academic Year Data

  • Circulation: Over 62,800 transactions
  • End User Online Searches: Over 270,688
  • Resource Sharing:
    • Over 4,766 items borrowed from other institutions
    • Over 4,946 items loaned to users not affiliated with Trinity
  • Books & Bound Periodicals: Over 6,439 volumes added
  • Materials Acquisition Budget: $1,739,640
  • Reference Services: Over 4,629 reference questions asked
  • Information Literacy: 247 library instruction classes