• About

Mission Statement of Coates Library

The Elizabeth Huth Coates Library supports and stimulates teaching and learning by providing an environment in which instruction and research can thrive. To fulfill its general purpose, the Coates Library of Trinity University locates, acquires or delivers, organizes, interprets, and preserves information contained in all types of resources. The Library develops information literacy among students and faculty so that they may effectively use all forms of information in teaching and learning. The library faculty partners with teaching faculty to create learning experiences that enhance students’ understanding of knowledge, its access, evaluation, ethical use, and creation.

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 as well. 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 915,250
  • Additional volumes of government documents (federal, state and City of San Antonio) – over 196,900
  • Microforms – over 1,395,200
  • Periodical subscriptions – 2,500; access to over 88,600 electronic subscriptions
  • Media (including VHS, Videodisc, DVD, CD, and LP recordings) – over 55,500
2011-12 Academic Year Data
  • Circulation: Over 88,900 transactions
  • End User Online Searches: Over 553,500
  • Resource Sharing:
    • Over 3,780 items borrowed from other institutions
    • Over 4,640 items loaned to users not affiliated with Trinity
  • Books & Bound Periodicals: Over 5,200 volumes added
  • Materials Acquisition Budget: $1,739,314
  • Reference Services: Over 5,440 reference questions asked
  • Information Literacy: 217 library instruction classes for 3,688 Trinity students