Library Services

Library Services supports the College’s education mission by providing access to information resources and instruction in information seeking skills to the South Texas College community. Library facilities are located at the Mid-Valley Campus, Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Campus, Pecan Campus, Starr County Campus, and Technology Campus. Librarian assistance is available at these sites.

Over 630 student open-access computers are available at all library facilities and at open computer labs at each campus. Library Services computers provide access to the Internet, to MS Office software, and to other specialized software packages. Printing services are also available at these locations.

South Texas College libraries hold over 142,000 cataloged items, including print and electronic books, video, and audio recordings. Library patrons on one campus can request items from another campus library to be delivered to their campus the next day, in most cases. The Library subscribes to over 191 print serial publications (newspapers, magazines, and journals) and over 100 research databases. These databases provide digital access to the contents of several thousand magazines, journals, newspapers, electronic books and other publications, and in most cases, allow direct retrieval of the full-text documents. The online databases are available on any computer on the College network, including all campus computer labs, faculty and staff computers. Distance learning students have remote access through a proxy server using their JagNet credentials. Using Discovery Search, the Library's catalog of collections and most of its research databases can be searched through a single portal.

Library Services is a member of Amigos Library Services, TexShare, and OCLC. Every member of these organizations has made interlibrary loan agreements to share resources with other member libraries. Thus, the South Texas College community has access to the collections of several hundred academic and public libraries across the United States. South Texas College students and faculty members can borrow materials directly from participating TexShare libraries with their current South Texas College ID card and a TexShare card available from South Texas College campus libraries. Participating TexShare libraries in the region include: University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas Southmost College, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M-Kingsville, and TSTC-Harlingen.