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Welcome Back!

Picture of Bell Library sign on side of library building

A warm Island welcome to our new and returning students. We're excited that it's time for the fall semester to begin! If you have any questions, let us know – we’re happy to help!

The Terror

The Terror on AMC

Did you tune in to AMC's The Terror? Looking for more information behind this devastating expedition? Check out the library's amazing video streaming database, Kanopy, to view PBS' Arctic Ghost Ship, an amazing documentary about the plights of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

South Texas Stories

Portrait of Rachel Carson

Librarians from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library worked with Dr. Jen Brown’s Public History class this past spring to create some unique online exhibits. Alston Cobourn, Lisa Louis, and Ed Warga helped students locate sources and hone their research skills to put together Environmental Narratives of the Texas Coastal Bend and The Mexican American Fight for Freedom. Students learned how to locate specific sources to showcase oral history collections. They also gained an understanding of the importance of archival preservation, metadata, and increasing the accessibility of digital collections. The project will continue to grow, so keep your eye out for more South Texas Stories.

Exciting New Donations!

Items from the Green Donation

We are pleased to announce new additions to the William and Patricia Green Surveying Records that reflect the service of and relationship between William Green and Felix, Charles, and Conrad von Blucher, who formed an unbroken lineage of official surveyors in our region and whose records extensively document the development of Nueces County and its surrounding areas. A special thanks to Joyce Green for stopping by the library to gift these items from the estate of her late mother-in-law, Patricia Green.

New Librarians!

New Librarians Anjanette and Emily

We’re very happy to announce the arrival of two new members of our team. Anjanette Jones joins us as our new User Experience and Web Design Librarian. Emily Metcalf is our new Instructional Services Librarian. Drop by the library and say hello and help us welcome them both to the Island!


New Documentaries Have Arrived!

PBS Documentaries

Our Media Staff have let us know that they have a new batch of documentaries available for checkout. The films cover a wide variety of topics. They also let us know that we now have all the seasons for Vikings and Poldark. Give your brain a break today! If you have questions about anything Media related, let us know 361-825-2311.

Birds of North America

Anhinga from Birds of North America

Want to learn more about that bird? Check out Birds of North America. The library now subscribes, offering you detailed scientific information for more than 700 species of birds nesting in the United States and Canada, with images and recordings of bird songs and calls.

Did you know? 2018 is the Year of the Bird!

Hurricane Harvey - Our Stories

Hurricane Harvey Radar

Special Collections and Archives recently acquired two collections of oral histories captured by students in two history classes this past fall. The students interviewed residents in the Corpus Christi area affected by Hurricane Harvey which made landfall in Rockport, Texas on August 2017. The interviews were collaborative projects with Special Collections and Archives staff and the students. You can access the histories here: and

Need a Primary Source?

Database Trail Screenshot - Primary Sources

As Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History begins, the library is offering limited time access to four primary source databases. The American Slavery Collection: 1820-1922, Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive, Women’s Issues and Identities, and the Archives of Sexuality and Gender will all be accessible on a trial bases. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Meet Our Team!

Library Student Employees

Have you been in the library lately? Our students and graduate assistants are now sporting library shirts. Looking for some help in the stacks? You can now spot a team member on sight. Many thanks to all of our students for helping make the library an awesome place to work!

Introducing ProQuest Central

ProQuest Central brings together multiple databases to provide access across all major subject areas, including business, health and medical, social sciences, arts and humanities, education, science and technology, and religion. The collection includes thousands of full-text scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, dissertations, working papers, and market reports.

Do you know an Outstanding Author?

Dr. Jennifer Sorensen

We’re looking for nominations for our next Outstanding Author in our Speaker Series. You can find our earlier speakers here. We’re excited to continue to highlight the scholarship and creative activity of our Island community. Want to brag a little? Self-nominations are welcome!

Scholarly Communication Services

Edward Warga

Have you met Ed? Our Reference and Scholarly Communication Librarian has added some new resources to our web site. Learn about Author Services, Copyright, Research Data Management, Theses and Dissertations, and much more! We can help with tools and services for sharing research outputs, guidance on publishing options, and assistance in decoding traditional and alternative impact metrics. Contact Ed Warga at or 361-825-5961 for more information.

Birds of North America

Anhinga Birds of North America

Want to learn more about that bird? Check out Birds of North America. The library now subscribes, offering you detailed scientific information for more than 700 species of birds nesting in the United States and Canada, with images and recordings of bird songs and calls.

New Database - Women's Magazine Archive

Women's Magazine Archive Screenshot

Women’s Magazine Archive provides access to the complete archives of the foremost titles of this type, including Good Housekeeping and Ladies’ Home Journal, which serve as canonical records of evolving assumptions about gender roles and cultural mores. Other titles here focus on narrower topics but deliver valuable source content for specific research areas. Parents, for example, is of particular relevance for research in the fields of children’s education, psychology, and health, as well as reflecting broader social historical trends. The magazines are all scanned from cover to cover in high-resolution color, ensuring that the original print artifacts are faithfully reproduced and that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included.

Better Homes & Gardens (1922 to 2005)
Chatelaine (1928 to 2005)
Good Housekeeping (1885 to 2005)
Ladies’ Home Journal (1883 to 2005)
Parents (1926 to 2005)
Redbook (1903 to 2005)

Lexis Nexis is now Nexis Uni

Got a lot of research to do? Nexis Uni features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis—including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790—with an intuitive interface that offers quick discovery across all content types, personalized discipline pages for those who set up individual profiles and a collaborative work space for group assignments!


Kanopy Screenshot

Have you tried streaming Kanopy yet? One of the latest additions to the library - Kanopy offers documentary, educational, and feature films. There's a companion app and a Roku channel, so you can take Kanopy with you! Enjoy over 26,000 titles on us.

The Library's New Quick Search

Searching has changed!

Quick Search Screen Shot

We’ve changed the search platform used in a Quick Search. This will offer better search results and improve linking to library content. The changes will be most obvious in the results list and the Journals list. Take a look around and see what you think!

If you have questions or if you need any assistance, please reach out to the Ask Us Desk or stop by and see a librarian.

Streaming Video

Streaming Video Image

Did you know that the library offers access to streaming video content? Check out Films on Demand (we have both the Master Academic Package and the Nursing Video Collection!)

You can also find some amazing content in Kanopy. Download their app and take your content with you!

Can't find what you're looking for? We also offer streaming through Ambrose Digital Video.

Access Films on Demand, Kanopy and Ambrose on the library's Database page.