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Please Pardon our Progress!

We’re making some changes this summer. We’re switching to another library system that keeps all our resources together and helps us better analyze our collections.

What does this mean for you?

  • As we switch from one system to another: Access to your library accounts will be off-line for a week or two (6/26-7/2). The availability of items listed in our catalog might be incorrect as well (until about 7/12). Don’t worry, if you want to renew a book or check on the status of your account, our Circulation Staff are happy to help 361-825-2340
  • Finding Journals will look a bit different and if you use Course Reserves, these will get an upgrade as well. If you have questions about Course Reserves, please contact Amie Cuvelier
  • Portal, the library’s catalog will be integrated into our new system, so if you were accustomed to using Find Books, you can now jump into our catalog from the main search menu.
  • Blackboard is pleased to introduce Content Collection! This new tool allows the Library to share your e-reserve materials (assigned readings) directly inside your Blackboard account. If your professor assigns an e-reserve, you can find them with your course materials in Blackboard.
  • If you link directly to items in our catalog (books and other items) you will need to update these links in July. (We’ll be working on updating all our links too!) If you find anything that looks like it’s broken, please let the folks in Resource Management & Discovery know. 361-825-2356

We’re happy to help with any questions you have! Let us know what you think.

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Library Blog

Get caught up on everything happening at Bell Library by reading our blog!

On the blog we share

  • news and other important library information,
  • easy tips and tricks for getting the most out of library databases and other resources,
  • and discuss issues and new trends we face in the library field and how they affect you.

We’ll reveal behind the scenes details and insights into the inner workings of the library and have some fun along the way!

New Library Blog

Call for Entries

Islander Cell Phone Photography Show, Call for Entries

Through May 31: Enter your Photograph into the Fourth Islander Cell Phone Photography Show: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi invites all University students, staff and faculty to participate in the fourth Islander Cell Phone Photography Show.

The show features photographs captured by your cell phone, which will be displayed in the library’s downstairs atrium exhibition space from Wednesday, July 10, through Sunday, September 15.

Photographs must be submitted by Friday, May 31. Find more details and the entry form. Please note, this is a juried show and each applicant will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, June 5.

An opening reception will be held on July 11, from 6-8 p.m. in the atrium exhibit space. The reception is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at; or call ext. 3321.

Library Closing Early May 10

The Library will close at 8:00 pm Friday, May 10th

The Library will close early on Friday, May 10 at 8:00 pm. Have a great weekend!

Finals Hours and Activities

Blue background with white text, Library Schedule for Finals

We will be open 24 hours a day Monday-Thursday, with extended hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning the last week of classes through the end of the final exams period.

Library Schedule for 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 or inspired to motivate others? Visit the Board of Motivation or purge those negative thoughts by writing them down and placing them in the Bucket of Negativity on the first floor of the library. Keep with it, Islanders, you’re almost there!!

Take a break from the textbooks and enjoy coloring books, puzzles, games, and other fun activities available during final exams on the second floor of the library.

Books and Bagels at the Library

Enjoy free bagels, coffee, and giveaways, courtesy of the Islander Alumni Association, during Books and Bagels on Thursday, May 2, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on the first floor near the entrance.

Paws on the Island

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Paws on the Island is a great way to alleviate the stress of final exams and learn about the benefits of the University Counseling Center.

Thursday, May 2
1:00 to 4:00 pm
University Center, Lone Star Ballroom

PAWS Up, Inc. will bring their therapy dog teams and the Cattery will be on hand with kittens. The University Counseling Center will be offering a wide variety of stress relieving activities and you can learn about their services. All of the activities included in this event are scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Don't forget to participate and earn chances to win some amazing prizes!

Our Site Has Moved

Notice: Our website URL has changed from to Please remember to update your bookmarks.

Faculty: please update any library links in course materials, Blackboard, syllabi, etc.

Links containing 'rattler' will no longer function May 13, 2019.

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month, April 1 - 30 Featuring: Blackout Poetry, Poem a Week, Book Display, and more!

April is National Poetry Month. Check out our Blackout Poetry display on the 2nd Floor. Create your own poem using someone else’s words. Just take a book page and bring new meaning to the text by blacking out some words and leaving others.

Inspire and Islander

Image of TAMU-CC wave sculpture at sunset

Inspire an Islander is back on campus! Whether you are juggling between assignments and exams, it's always good to have a creative outlet. Inspire an Islander is here for that! Let's go against the stigma on mental health by checking it out and submitting any form of art, poetry, media, etc.! There's also paint, paper, and markers available at the exhibit. Check it out on the first floor of the library.

History Harvest

Black and white photo of group in restaurant from the Alfonso Gomez Family papers

Help strengthen our community history. Bring letters, photographs, videos and other documents to the South Texas: iRemember History Harvest.

Archivists from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will assess materials to determine if they are a good match for the archives' collecting scope. If you choose to donate, you will be provided with digital copies of the materials.

Saturday, March 23
10:00 am - 12:00 noon
KEDT Studios
3205 S. Staples St.

For more information, call 361.825.4500 or email

Library Hours for Spring Break

blue background with white text showing, Library Schedule Spring Break

Check out the Library's hours during Spring Break! Will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday, March 11 - 14, 2019. We'll be closed on Friday, March 15. Normal hours will resume on Saturday, March 16.

Open Education Week is Here!

Open Education Week 2019

Celebrate access to knowledge with us this week during Open Education Week (March 4-8). Education has always been about sharing, but the Internet has made this sharing possible at a wider scale than ever before and at a lower cost, thanks to digital communication technologies. Educators have taken advantage of these developments to produce and then share their classroom content and other intellectual property for free online so that learners anywhere in the world can use it. We call this content “open educational resources” (OER) and it is a rich trove of online learning for anyone to enjoy.

But there’s more to open resources besides just being free! Truly “open” educational resources aren’t just able to be used; they can also be remixed, redistributed, updated or edited, and otherwise altered to fit any context and then shared again with learners around the world. So “open education” can also be about having a creator’s permission to riff off their work to create something new and exciting.

Want to learn more? Visit the Open Education Week website. Interested in incorporating open educational resources into your class? Check out the Bell Library OER guide: And if you’re out in front of the library this week, look for our table! We’ll be talking open education and OER Tuesday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day this week.

For more information about open education or open educational resources, contact Lisa Louis at

I-Create Early Closure

Digital Learning Day 2019

The I-Create Lab will close early at 2:00pm on Thursday, February 28th for the Digital Dialogue Series and National Digital Learning Day Event. Laptop checkout will still be available during this time. Normal lab hours will resume on Friday, March 1st.

What are you waiting to create?

Jon Steele's Animal Crackers

Jon Steele's Animal Crackers

Come check out the art and photography of “Artist in Residence” Jon Steele. Mr. Steele is the fourth Artist in Residence selected from the Center for Coastal Studies. The program seeks to blend the arts and biological sciences to foster collaboration between different disciplines on camus. Artists stay at the Laguna Madre Field Station. Jon Steel’s Animal Crackers will be on display at the library until February 26, 2019.

Learn more about the Artist in Residence Program

I-Create Lab closing early on Friday

I-Create Lab closes early on Friday

The I-Create Lab will close early at 3:30 pm on Friday, February 15 for an Invent for the Planet event. We'll reopen on for regular business hours on Monday, February 18 at 7:30 am.

Learn more about the I-Create makerspace lab.

New Browsable Media Shelves

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Things are changing with the media collection! For your convenience, we’ve created a new browsable media area. Located on the 2nd Floor of the library in the back corner by the open study space area, you can currently find over half of the DVD collection. We hope to have the entire collection moved upstairs before the end of the semester.

Browse the shelves for a documentary or entertainment DVD of your choice (we’ve got movies and TV series, new and old). Take the case to the Circulation Desk. They will locate the DVD and check it out to you. You can check out 2 discs for 2 days.

Questions? Call 361-825-2793 or email Amanda Horne at

Black History Month

Black History Month Spring 2019 logo

Look for book displays in the library and check out our Black History Month Guide! If you enjoy trivia, stop by our interactive trivia display and test your knowledge. Want to win prizes for your trivia knowledge? Visit the library’s Facebook page where we’ll post a daily BHM trivia question.

Be the first to answer correctly and you will be entered into a drawing for a weekly prize pack!! Prize Pack includes books – like Michelle Obama’s amazing memoir, t-shirts, Girl Scout Cookies, and other wonderful goodies!

Prize drawings will take place on February 8, 15, 22, and 28. Remember, the more questions you answer correctly, the more chances you will have to win! For more information, contact Trisha Hernandez at

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Fellowship

historic image of Dr. Hector P. Garcia speaking at general assembly.

Faculty, graduate students, and independent researchers are encouraged to apply for an annual award of $1,000.00 to conduct research in residence at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Special Collections and Archives. Learn more about the fellowship.

Want to know more about the collection? Discover our digital exhibits, finding aid and more.

If you have questions, please contact us at or (361) 825-4500. We look forward to hearing from you and aiding in the use of Dr. Garcia's papers, whether the digital versions or the originals housed in Special Collections and Archives in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

What's Behind the Plastic Curtain?

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It’s hard not to notice the giant plastic sheeting hanging near the computers on the 1st Floor of the library. You know, the one with all the warning signs. They are currently renovating office space for some of your librarians. We apologize for any noise or dust while the construction takes place and hope to be back in our offices soon. In the meantime, if you’re looking for one of us just stop by the Ask Us Desk.

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 Spring semester to begin! If you have any questions, let us know – we’re happy to help!

I-Create Lab Opening!

I-Create Makerspace lab opens January 14, 2019

Excited about the beginning of the semester? We're even more excited to announce the opening of the our new I-Create Makerspace Lab! Be sure to stop in and check out this amazing new space and learn more about all the opportunities to make and create!

Happy Holidays!

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Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a joyful New Year from all of us at the Bell Library. The library will be closed for the winter break from December 18 – January 1. We will reopen January 2 at 8:00 am.

Closure for Network Upgrade

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We will begin work on our network on Monday, December 17th. No Internet access will be available that day. The library will then be closed from December 18th - 21st. If you need a computer before the 21st, please use the 2nd floor labs in Corpus Christi Hall (open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm).

The library will reopen after Christmas with interim hours beginning on January 2.

Interlibrary Loan Software Upgrade

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On Friday December 7, we’ll be busy upgrading our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) software. ILL services will be unavailable from approximately 3:00 – 5:00 pm but will then be back up and better than ever! Thank you for your patience.

For more information, please contact Brent Day.
Email –
Phone – 361-825-6557

Extended Hours for Finals

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Beginning on Monday, December 3, the library will operate with extended hours to help you get through finals! We'll be open 24 hours Monday, December 3rd through Thursday, December 6th and again Monday, December 10th through Wednesday, December 12th. 

Here are other key days/hours to keep in mind:

  • Friday, December 7th - closed at 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 8th - open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 9th - open at 9:00 am, will resume 24 hours
  • Friday, December 14th - open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 15th - closed

Paws on the Island

Alleviate the stress of final exams and learn about the benefits of the University Counseling Center with Paws on the Island.

Thursday, December 6
1:00 to 4:00 pm
University Center, Lone Star Ballroom

The PAWS Up, Inc. organization will bring their therapy dogs and The Cattery will be on hand with kittens – as petting an animal is proven to be a stress relieving experience. The University Counseling Center will be offering a wide variety of stress relieving activities and you can learn about their services. Don’t forget to sign up for the amazing raffle prizes!

For more information, email or call 361-825-2703.

New MakerSpace Name!

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The I-Create Lab will be creative hub for students, faculty, staff and the Corpus Christi community. A space where everyone can come and work on anything, from personal objects to school projects and where the only limits are how far your imagination can take you.

Opening in January 2019!

History Harvest

black and white historical photo of three men standing on the wing of a military airplane

Help strengthen our community history. Bring letters, photographs, videos and other documents to the South Texas: iRemember History Harvest.

Archivists from the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will assess materials to determine if they are a good match for the archives' collecting scope. If you choose to donate, you will be provided with digital copies of the materials.

In honor of Veteran's Day
Saturday, November 10
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University Center Swordfish Room #324

For more information, call 361.825.4500 or email

Construction Update

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What’s that hammering you hear? Construction has begun on the Bell Library’s new MakerSpace! What's a MakerSpace you ask? It is a place for innovation, creativity and collaboration, where you can create anything you can think of. Your only limits are your imagination.

We’re hoping to open this new, awesome lab in January 2019. Check back soon for more information, but in the meantime, please pardon our noise and dust!

Find more details about the new Library MakerSpace.

Camp 72

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Come watch a screening of Camp 72, a documentary about a quest for healing and justice after war. Tuesday, October 23 from 4:00-6:00 pm in the UC Lonestar Ballroom. Following the screening, Seema Mathur and Massa Washington will conduct a Q&A session.

Presented by The College of Liberal Arts and The Mary and Jeff Bell Library.

Open Education Conversation

Open Educational Resources Task Force and the Center for Faculty Excellence present: Open Education: A Conversation with Dr. David Wiley

Monday, October 22, 2018
UC Legacy Room 145
Reception @ 2:30 pm
WebEx Presentation 3-4 pm


Dr. Wiley is Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization dedicated to increasing student success, reinvigorating pedagogy, and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is also currently the Education Fellow at Creative Commons, an Ashoka Fellow, and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University's graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology, where he leads the Open Education Group.

For more about Dr. Wiley, visit his website at:

New Super Quiet Study Room

Super Quiet Study Room being constructed

Are you curious about the large room being constructed in the back corner of the 1st Floor of the Library? It’s our new Super Quiet Study Room!

The previous Super Quiet Study Room was located on the 2nd Floor but that location is being converted into our new MakerSpace. The new Super Quiet Study Room is part of a series of renovations taking place over the next several months. The room will be bigger with more seating and desks than the old room.

Call for Nominations

Image of Dr. Murphy Smith speaking at the Outstanding Author Series Spring 2018

Each fall and spring semester a published faculty member is identified and offered a chance to speak at the Library’s Outstanding Author Series. Designed to help promote research and creative activity on campus and encourage communication about research interests and potential collaborations, the event provides an opportunity to share current research projects and publication history. We also allow time for a short question and answer period and light refreshments.

Nominations (and self-nominations) will be accepted through October 2, 2018. Once we have the nominees gathered, the Library Committee will select a winner.

Media Center Closed for Construction

To prepare for the construction of the new Makerspace, we will be closing the Media Center beginning Tuesday, September 4th and it will remain closed for the remainder of the Fall semester. Laptop checkout will move to the Circulation Desk and laptops will be available during normal library working hours.

Ask Us for IT Help

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We’re making lots of changes this semester! We are excited to announce that we have invited folks from the IT Helpdesk to join us in the library. Seven days a week, there will be someone to help with your IT questions at the Ask Us Desk in the library. Want to learn more? Stop in drop by the Desk or reach out to us online and Ask!

New TexShare Databases

TexShare Logo

TexShare has announced new resources and we’ve added them to our Database list. Thanks to this program, we now have access to: Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context, ChiltonLibrary (for auto repairs). Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Resource Center, Consumer Health Complete, Referencia Latina, and Sustainability Reference Center.


Google Scholar and Library Research

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Check out this tip when using Google Scholar from off-campus! This clip will walk you through linking to your library resources when searching Google Scholar. :)

Click here to view clip

The Makerspace is Coming!

Media Center Hours are Changing - The Makerspace is Coming

The Media department will be closed on weekends and open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. We’re excitedly bringing a Makerspace to the library for all of your innovative needs. As more information becomes available, you’ll be one of the first to know!

You spoke, We listened!

New Sunday Hours

Beginning on May 20th, the library will begin opening and closing earlier on Sundays. The library will be closed May 26th - 28th for the Holiday Weekend. Summer hours (and those earlier Sundays) will be in place Tuesday, May 29th. Got questions? Ask Us!

Keep those suggestions coming!

Congratulations Shelby!

Shelby Gonzalez and Dr. Pat Carroll

We are very proud of Shelby Gonzalez, our Special Collections and Archives Department Library Specialist II, who was the winner of the 2018 Patrick J. Carroll History Student Engagement Award! Shelby also was awarded a Fall Graduate Scholarship for good academic standing.

As announced by the TAMU-CC Department of Humanities, "The Carroll Award is given annually to the History student who best typifies the values of intellectual, social, and civic engagement that Dr. Carroll demonstrated over his long professional career.  This year's award recognizes Shelby's exemplary work in the Special Collections Library, the classroom, and on the Hurricane Harvey Oral History Project."

Professor Laura Munoz nominated Shelby for the award, crediting her guidance and limitless service in the History M.A. graduate students' successful organization of the Hurricane Harvey Oral History Project. Dr. Munoz described the project as "an original and professional archival collection of oral histories that records and commemorates the university and local community response to Hurricane Harvey’s 2017 landfall in South Texas." With the guidance of Processing and Digital Assets Archivist, Alston Cobourn, Shelby has made the collection available at

Well done, Shelby!

Crime Scene Demonstration

Crime Scene Demonstration

We excitedly hosted a Crime Scene Demo, organized by the Criminal Justice Department, on Wednesday, April 11th at noon. Complete with blood splatter, wounds designed and applied by members from the University’s Theatre Department, and a victim portrayed by President Kelly Quintanilla, the event was informative, engaging, and incredibly fascinating. To see photos, visit the University’s gallery at We've added some Crime Scene resources to the Criminal Justice Guide, take a look and see what we found!

Outstanding Authors Speaker Series

Outstanding Authors

We are excited to announce that Dr. Kathy Smith and Dr. Murphy Smith have been selected as the library's next Outstanding Authors. Join us on Wednesday, April 4th at 2:00 pm as we celebrate their work. We are excited to welcome our first speakers from the College of Business. The presentation will be followed by a reception with time for questions and conversations with our speakers.

Library Resources and Campus Closure

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During Spring Break, the campus will be closed on March 14th for a planned power outage. System maintenance will require the campus to be without power for a few hours. Several library resources will be unavailable during this outage. Please plan accordingly. Have a safe and happy Spring Break!

Islander Pride!

Lauren Robinson

Research & Instruction Graduate Assistant Lauren Robinson was awarded the 2018 Sue Standford Texas History Student Award presented by the Book Finders (Corpus Christi) chapter of the American Association of University Women. Robinson, who was nominated by Dr. Robert Wooster for the award, received the honor for a research paper on Confederate nurses and her overall academic excellence. "It was so wonderful to be honored by this group, since my research emphasizes women and typically marginalized voices," Lauren said. She has also been awarded the Mirabal-Garza Endowed Scholarship in History for an oral history project focusing on her stepfather and his life, in particular his childhood experiences as a Mexican-American in South Texas. Congratulations, Lauren!

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers Return

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers Return

Our good friends from History Associates brought back the Dr. Hector P. Garcia papers. The papers and other items have been away for processing and digitization. There will be a formal welcome reception on Monday, February 19th from 4:00 – 5:30pm upstairs in the library. Original and selected digitized materials will be available for viewing. Join us and learn how this project will increase access to this collection.

What's This?

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Not sure what this new icon is all about? At the bottom of the library’s page you can get to our Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube accounts. You can also check out computer availability (the monitor icon) and find out which labs have plenty of room. We’re pleased to announce this new one though…the little pad and pencil? It’s our virtual suggestion box! Got an idea or a concern? Let us know about it. If you’d like us to get back to you, leave your email and we’ll respond as quickly as we can.

Faculty Librarians

Edward Kownlsar Teaching 2018

University Procedures have been approved granting professional librarians faculty status. The librarians are honored to join the ranks of faculty here on the Island. Do you know your librarian?

Additions to the National Film Registry

Antonio Fuentes

Rare Films from TAMU-CC Archives Receive National Recognition

Motion picture films from the Antonio Rodriguez Fuentes and Josefina Barrera Fuentes Family Papers have been named to the National Film Registry. The films, which were preserved through a 2015 partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), are among the 25 American films deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant.

Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes (1895-1988) and Josefina Barrera Fuentes (1898-1993) were longtime Corpus Christi residents who ranked among the most involved individuals in early local Mexican American community organizations. Mr. Fuentes was an avid amateur photographer.

The films named to the registry were shot with a French-made Pathex camera on 9.5mm film, a rare film format popular for a short time in the early 20th century, primarily in Europe. They can be viewed at More information about the papers is available at

Connect with Special Collections and Archives

Want to keep up with Special Collections and Archives? They've expanded their space and are working on some exciting new things! Check out their progress on Instagram.

Special Collections and Archives

Summer Edition of the InfoWave

Summer Edition of the InfoWave

Check out the latest edition of the library's newsletter - Learn about resources, services and changes to your campus library. Want to suggest a story? Let us know

Searching has Changed!

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Searching has Changed!

We’ve changed the search platform used in a Quick Search. The changes will be most obvious in the results list and the Journals list. This will offer better search results and improve linking to library content. 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.

Just can’t handle the new look? The old way of searching will be available through June 30th. You can search here until then:

Islander Cell Phone Photography Show

Cell Phone Photography Show

Don't miss the Islander Cell Phone Photography Show. Faculty, Staff and Students have captured some amazing things with their cell phones. The exhibit will be in the library until September 15th. For more information,