We fuel discovery by satisfying the information needs of the Texas A&M University community. The Libraries support the teaching, research, and outreach missions of Texas A&M University (TAMU) through leadership in acquiring, managing and delivering information in an environment that fosters learning and inquiry. The Libraries actively participate in the University’s goal to become a top ten public university in America. The University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, and has designations as a land grant, sea grant and space grant institution. The TAMU Libraries have five College Station facilities: Cushing Memorial Library (archives and special collections), Evans Library (general university library), Medical Sciences Library (medical science, veterinary science, and agriculture), West Campus Library (business), Policy Sciences and Economics Library (political sciences and economics). In addition, there are two international TAMU library facilities and collections in several Texas locations. Each facility except Evans/Evans Annex focuses on a specific subject but has some overlap with other libraries. Evans/Evans Annex has collections in all subjects. A remote storage facility is currently shared with the University of Texas, and a second remote storage facility will be shared with the TAMU System and the University of Texas System.
This policy covers all areas of information and is for Texas A&M Libraries located in College Station and Qatar. Other affiliated libraries are not included in the policy even if included in the catalog.
The Libraries collect in all subject areas and use Library of Congress (LC), National Library of Medicine (NLM), Texas Documents (TxDoc), and U. S. Superintendent of Documents (SuDocs) classification systems. TAMU theses and dissertations follow a local classification system.
Libraries and Reference Collections
Subject specialists are responsible for all materials in their assigned area including all locations in all libraries except Qatar. Some collections may overlap with Cushing and/or Qatar as specified in the subject/special collection policies. Media and Course Reserves, current periodicals, reference, maps, etc. are locations, not special collections. Items are selected to serve the needs of the primary users of each library. Reference materials in each library should be appropriate for the primary users of that reference area.
The Head of Collection Development Operations & Acquisitions Services is responsible for oversight of the Collection Development Policy. Subject specialists are responsible for the collections in areas assigned by this master policy. Subjects are assigned by classification systems so that all call numbers are assigned to one subject only. Subject specialists are expected to work collegially to meet the needs of all users, including reference personnel and primary users. Subject specialists duties include, but are not limited to, monitoring the approval plan, monitoring location of materials in the libraries, consulting with the preservation librarian, making decisions on lost/missing item replacement, firm-order books, serials, e-books, databases, audio-visual materials, U.S. government and Texas State documents, and others as appropriate.