Mission Statement of Coates Library
Trinity’s library will be more than just a building or a collection. It will offer a combination of carefully selected and managed resources, dedicated and knowledgeable professionals who teach and offer other essential services, spaces for students and faculty to study and explore ideas individually and with others, and a symbol of the University’s commitment to the expansion and expression of knowledge.
Building and Collections
Levels three and four opened in March 1979. Level two was added to create a three-floor facility in October 1983 when the Library was named and re-dedicated in honor of
Elizabeth Coates Maddux. During the summer of 1997, level one was finished and opened to the public. The Library was renamed the Elizabeth Huth Coates Library at this time.
All Trinity University library collections and services are housed in the Coates Library.
- Finished area currently in use -- 164,307 square feet
- Reader spaces available -- over 800
- Books and bound periodical volumes -- over 864,238
- Additional volumes of government documents (federal, state and City of San Antonio) -- over 128,881
- Microforms -- over 307,774
- Periodical subscriptions -- 2,352; access to over 95,000 electronic subscriptions
- Media (including VHS, Videodisc, DVD, CD, and recordings) -- over 35,787
2015-16 Academic Year Data
- Circulation: Over 69,049 transactions
- End User Online Searches: Over 408,181
- Resource Sharing:
- Over 3,914 items borrowed from other institutions
- Over 5,558 items loaned to users not affiliated with Trinity
- Books & Bound Periodicals: Over 6,727 volumes added
- Materials Acquisition Budget: $1,753,269
- Reference Services: Over 3,671 reference questions asked
- Information Literacy: 219 library instruction classes