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Need something to watch?

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Can't make it to the library? Access streaming videos online. Kanopy offers over 26,000 documentary, educational, and feature films. Access Kanopy from the library's database list or download the app. There's also a Roku channel to download to watch on your TV!

Kanopy streaming videos
Other video streaming databases

Read for Enjoyment!

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Now that finals are over, pick up a book from our Popular Reading collection to read for the pure enjoyment of it. Looking for a little mystery in your life? How about a little romance? Maybe you're up for an edge of your seat adventure? Whatever your mood, you can find it in the Popular Reading collection. Happy reading!

Online Library Resources Outage

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Access to online library resources will be offline for a brief time the morning of Friday, Dec 14 from approximately 8:45 - 10:00 am. During that time our online library resources will be unavailable.

We waited until exams were done, but if you have questions or need assistance during this time, please Ask Us via chat or call 361-825-2609.

Finals Week Break Zones

three white boards covered in inspiring messages for students during finals

When you need a quick break from your finals week studies, stop by either the downstairs or upstairs Finals Week Break Zones to grab some coloring sheets, word search puzzles, and more.

Looking for some motivation? Visit the motivation board near the library’s entrance to get inspired or post something to inspire others. Keep with it, Islanders, you’re almost there!!

BFA Exhibits on Display

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Come see three BFA Exhibits on display at the library. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree must present a senior project during their final semester. The Bell Library is one of the locations that students can reserve for exhibiting their work.

This semester we have the pleasure of hosting three shows at the same time. Jade Goldick’s Symbiosis of Colour is on the first floor. Mandy Garcia’s Force Majeure and Erica Garcia’s Stage Presence are on the second floor. All three installations were part of An Evening of Fine Art Exhibitions at TAMUCC on November 16 with receptions and an opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibits will be available through December 6.

Night Against Procrastination

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Finals are just around the corner! On November 26, come to the library for a space where you can study for your upcoming tests, write your papers, fuel yourself with munchies and caffeine, and find a bit of Zen during scheduled breaks. Your librarians and the Writing Center consultants will be on hand for any help you might need!

November 26
From 4:30-9:00 pm
Room 208

Now on Instagram!

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Bell Library is now on Instagram!

You’ve seen our tweets and posts on Facebook. Now follow us on Instagram @tamucclibrary.

We’ll be posting about all the fun, interesting stuff going on in the library so you can stay up to date.

Outstanding Author Speaker Series

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Join us as we celebrate the work of Dr. Chuntao Liu. We will gather at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 14 on the library's second floor, outside of Special Collections and Archives. An opportunity for questions and conversations will follow the event, refreshments will be served.

More information about Dr. Chuntao and the Outstanding Author Speaker Series

International Games Day

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Come celebrate International Games Day at the library! On Saturday, November 10 we will have a variety of games including an escape room, giant chess, console video games, board and card games.

International Games Week is an initiative to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

The first 5 Participants Win 1 Free Gamer’s Swag Bag!!

Escape Room details:

  • Four time slots available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Sign up inside the library beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 10.

Escape the Library!

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Do you and your group have what it takes to ESCAPE THE LIBRARY?

During the week of November 5-9, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library challenges the Islander Community to take part in an immersive adventure game! Departments and student organizations are encouraged to sign up for one of the many time slots and compete for the fastest escape room time!

Winners will receive recognition for their achievement, a tasty catered treat, and of course bragging rights as the year's champion.

Update: Sign ups are full but there will be four time slots available on Saturday, November 10 on a first come, first served basis. A sign up sheet will be available inside the library at 10:00 am on November, 10.
Sign your group up!

Workshop: Everything is a Remix

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When is it OK to copy and use work created by other people? Where can you publish your work online? Come to our workshop to discuss copyright, explore open content, and learn about different digital publishing platforms.

Tuesday, October 30
3:30 pm
2nd Floor of the Library (near Special Collections & Archives)

Fine Amnesty Food Drive

Fine Amnesty Food Drive Announcement

Food insecurity is a problem that affects campuses across the nation. Every non-perishible food item donated October 15 – November 5, 2018 removes $2.00 in library fines.

Most Desired Items

  • Jelly (not just grape!)
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Spaghetti sauce & pasta
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Tuna (pouch or can)
  • Canned chicken

All donations benefit Izzy’s Food Pantry a partnership of the Coastal Bend Food Bank.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

The Bell Library is hosting an edit-a-thon focused on developing Wikipedia articles around key figures and moments in Hispanic history and civil rights. Students, faculty, staff and community members of all experience levels are encouraged to participate!

● Panel presentation

● Learn to edit the free encyclopedia

● Help others learn about Wikipedia

Chat with editors, librarians, and scholars, and contribute your knowledge.

Reference materials, lunch and editing help provided. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation.

Spooky DVD Display

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The spooky season is upon us. Take a break from your studies and indulge in a movie or TV show. Check out our DVD display just inside the doors lovingly curated by our in-house media maven. We have something for every taste; horror, suspense, gory thrills, even creature features.

Banned Books Week

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Celebrate Banned Books Week with displays, activities, and interactive events!

Stop by the library anytime this week to explore our interactive display, learn more about the banning and challenging of books, leave comments about your thoughts on the issue, and enter to win amazing prizes! A special display will highlight banned/challenged musical pieces as well.

On Thursday, September 27, 1:00-4:00 pm, stop by for the library’s Open House event where you can explore the library through a scavenger hunt, interact with banned book characters (brought to life by Theatre students), purchase a custom printmaking shirt for $20 ($10 if you bring your own item to print on), and so much more!

More information

September Workshops

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Think, learn, and grow by attending our September Workshops! The Library is partnering with the Writing Center and Career Services to offer workshops during the month of September. All workshops will be hosted on the 2nd floor of the Bell Library and begin at 3:30 pm.

Workshop dates and topics include:

  • September 18th - Career Services: How to Craft a Resume;
  • September 25th - Bell Library: Zotero, Your Personal Research Assistant;

Be sure to check back soon for details on our October Workshops!

Welcome Back!

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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!

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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

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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.