Circulation Access and Procedures

To protect the health of our users and staff, Coates Library will be closed to all but staff who work in the building. Many of our holdings can be accessed online at  You may, however, request physical items for retrieval and pick-up at designated times.  From November 30th through December 18th and January 4th through January 24th, circulation staff will retrieve in-house materials (physical items like books, DVDs, CDs, etc.), check them out to your account, and leave them on a designated table just inside the front doors. The front door locks will permit access with your Tiger Card during the times below to pick up your materials:

10:00-11:00 a.m., 12:00-1:00 p.m., 2:00-3:00 p.m., and 4:00-5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Users may not access other areas of the library. This procedure replaces our normal deliveries to faculty offices.

There are three ways you can request items through this service:

1.  Via the catalog:  When viewing an item record in the catalog, click on the blue Request button at the top of the right-hand column.  You’ll be prompted to log in using your Trinity credentials to submit the request.  Please note:  Requests placed using this method will be retrieved and made available for pick-up the following business morning.

2.  Via email:  You can submit a retrieval request to  We will try to fill these requests on the same day they are placed.

3.  Via telephone:  Call the circulation desk at (210) 999-8127 to speak with a staff member about your item needs.  If there is no answer when you call, please leave a detailed message.

Items can be returned either to the outside book drop (just beside the library’s loading dock) or inside in the designated return bin during the times indicated above.

Remember that library staff will continue to provide reference and research assistance remotely to faculty and students.

Please email us at or call (210) 999-8127 for further information.