How We Build Our World-Class Collections

The University Libraries will be the indispensable hub of discovery, learning and creativity at Texas A&M by providing a distinguished collection of information resources unbounded by place and preserved for future generations.


The Libraries actively participate in the University’s goal to become a top ten public university in America. The University is designated as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, and has further designations as a land grant, sea grant and space grant institution. Texas A&M Libraries has five College Station facilities:

  • Cushing Memorial Library: Rare books, special collections, manuscripts and archival repository
  • Medical Sciences Library: Medical and veterinary sciences
  • Policy Sciences & Economics Library: Political sciences and economics
  • Sterling C. Evans Library & Annex: General university library
  • West Campus Library: Business

As noted above, each facility, except for the Evans Library & Annex, focuses on a specific subject or subject areas but has some overlap with other libraries. Evans Library & Annex collects across all subject areas. In addition to the campus libraries, there are two international Texas A&M facilities and collections available at several additional Texas locations, including two off-site storage sites.

Collection Statistics

Primary User Population Statistics (obtained from TAMU Enrollment Profile Fall 2014)

The 2014 Fall enrollment for Texas A&M University totaled approximately 62,000 students, and of that total, the College Station campus enrolled 55,810 students. The undergraduate enrollment comprises roughly 76.5% or 47,500 of the students. Doctoral students comprised 32.9% or 4,804 of the total graduate and first professional student population (14,618). For the most current statistics, consult the Texas A&M Office of Institutional Studies and Planning.

Collection Statistics as submitted to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

The Libraries are dedicated to providing materials in a variety of formats accessible both on campus and remotely. Resources and expenditures for the 2013-2014 reporting period were approximately:

  • 5,173,340 million volumes held
  • 1,509,470 eBooks held
  • 2,571 databases
  • 6,775,845 million microforms held
  • $23,609,080 Total Library Materials Expenditures (2013/2014)

Additionally, Texas A&M Libraries strive to be the best in class. For the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Libraries were ranked 9th among ARL US Public University Libraries and 19th in ARL Overall ranking.

Give Now! Support The Libraries

Your gifts support the University Libraries as they strive to make positive impacts on the research needs of the Texas A&M community and beyond. You may express your support with a gift or by joining the Friends of Sterling C. Evans Library.