Library Services

South Texas College Library Services is committed to providing a welcoming, learning-centered environment, rich in quality information resources and outstanding services to meet the research, instructional and learning needs of the South Texas College students, faculty, staff, and community.

Locations & Services

South Texas College provides library services at the Mid-Valley Campus, Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Campus, Pecan Campus, Starr County Campus, Technology Campus, Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence and the Higher Education Center at La Joya, and via the library website (https://library.southtexascollege.edu).

Library services and resources include:

  •  print and electronic books, print and electronic magazines, print and electronic journals, newspapers, streaming video, and audio recordings
  •  online Research Guides, Course Guides, and library tutorials
  •  computer labs and printing services
  •  librarians and library staff who provide assistance in person, by email, phone
  • 24x7x365 chat
  •  study rooms and group computer workstations

Collections & Databases

South Texas College libraries provide students, faculty and staff over 130,000 cataloged items, including print and electronic books, video, and audio recordings. The library subscribes to over 40 print serial publications (newspapers, magazines, and journals) and over 128 research databases. These databases provide electronic access to the contents of over 50,000 magazines, journals, and newspapers, over 50,000 electronic books, over 30,000 streaming videos, and other resources. In addition to library owned resources, students and faculty have access to over 200,000 electronic books through consortium memberships. The library's print and electronic collection can be searched through Discovery Search, a single portal on the library website. The electronic databases are available on any computer on the College network, including all campus computer labs, faculty and staff computers, and can be accessed off-campus using a personal South Texas College network username and password.

Computer Labs & Printing Services

Computer access and printing is available at all library locations. Open Computer labs and Library computers are equipped to provide access to the Internet, to Microsoft Office software, and to other specialized software packages. Wi-Fi access and wireless printing are also available at all campus libraries and Open Computer labs.

Campus to Campus Loans

Students, faculty, and staff located on one campus may request items from any other campus library. The requested items will be delivered to the student's campus and usually arrives within two business days.

Interlibrary Loan & TexShare

South Texas College students, faculty and staff have access to the collections of several hundred academic and public libraries across the United States through interlibrary loan agreements via Amigos Library Services, TexShare, and OCLC. Materials may be borrowed directly from participating TexShare libraries with a current South Texas College ID card and a TexShare card. A TexShare card may be requested from any South Texas College campus library.

Library Events & Art Gallery

Library Services hosts speakers, art exhibits, and other events at all STC library locations in an effort to support the curriculum and engage our community. Information about upcoming events can be found on the STC library website (https://library.southtexascollege.edu).