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Texas A&M Libraries

Despite its humble origins in 1878, the Texas A&M University Libraries today commands a stature and reputation commensurate with the university as a national leader among its peers. When the university celebrated its 125th anniversary in October 2001, the Texas A&M University Libraries had grown from two rooms in the Main Building to six buildings on two campuses encompassing 732,500 square feet. During the 1990's, Texas A&M boldly undertook a $42 million renovation and expansion of its libraries and adjoining facilities.

The University Libraries complex consists of the Sterling C. Evans Library and Annex, the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, the West Campus Library, the Policy Sciences and Economics Library, and the Medical Sciences Library. The university's principal research collections, numbering nearly 4 million volumes, are primarily housed in the centrally located Sterling C. Evans Library and Annex.

Funding Priorities

Consistent with the University's Vision 2020 aspirations, the Libraries emphasize excellence in service through facilities, collections, and staffing. The Libraries' Vision 2020 goal is to be among the top 20 academic research libraries in the country by 2020. Funding priorities to meet that goal include:

Collections:

Collections endowments support teaching and research in virtually all academic areas including agriculture and life sciences, architecture, business, engineering, education, geosciences, liberal arts, medicine, science, and veterinary medicine. The library seeks to strengthen the general collections located in the Sterling C. Evans Library/Annex, West Campus Library, and the Medical Sciences Library.

Notable collections are housed in Cushing Memorial Library, the repository for rare books, manuscripts and archives. Here is a sampling of our collections:

  • Mexican Colonial History
  • Military History Collections - Spanish American War to Present
  • Texas History
  • Literature including Cervantes' works, Science Fiction, selected British authors and many others
  • 18th Century French History and Literature
  • American 19th Century Illustrations
  • Range and Livestock History
  • Texas A&M History
  • Western Americana
  • General Rare Books
 $20,000,000

Programs and Services:

We strive to provide cutting edge, user-centered technology and services to promote access to collections in all formats. Funding is needed to acquire and update technology and to deliver services to students, faculty, and staff

 $20,000,000

Facilities:

We provide a safe, comfortable and inspiring environment for research, learning and intellectual inquiry. Funding is needed to develop and maintain library buildings and spaces.

 $40,000,000

Faculty and Staff Development:

The University Libraries aims to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff, and student workers committed to exceptional service. Funding is needed for professorships, fellowships, staff development, training, and internships.

$10,000,000

Recognition and Naming Opportunities:

The University Libraries provides multiple opportunities for recognizing donor support. These include named buildings and spaces, collections, memorials for family and friends, and endowed professional positions. The requirements for these opportunities differ, so please contact your development officer for more information.