Radcliffe Killam and the Killam family name are synonymous with support of higher education in South Texas and beyond. Killam (deceased) and his wife, Sue Spivey Killam, helped fulfill Laredo’s long-cherished dream of a campus for Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) with their generous gift of 300 acres of prime land in northeast Laredo for Texas' newest four-year University. The University’s Library bears their name in recognition of their remarkable partnership.
Radcliffe Killam was a guiding hand in much of the nation’s oil and gas industries’ growth in the past 50 years. His interests included exploration, production and transportation. His diversified businesses included extensive ranching interests, residential and commercial real estate development, banking and financial investments.
With wife Sue at his side, the couple assisted greatly in the growth of TAMIU, providing primary support for the University’s Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade. They also established an Endowment known as the O. W. Killam Scholarship Fund.
Students and faculty at Texas A&M International University benefit from an attractive library facility that is well equipped to handle traditional print library resources as well as the rapidly expanding electronic library services. It houses more than 259,086 bound volumes, 1,079,218 microfiche and microfilm and over 51,298 state and federal documents. Library users have access to 1,464 print subscriptions and approximately 28,895 electronic journals in full text or full image. Other research resources include over 46,000 electronic books.
The Texas A&M International University library belongs to TexShare, a state-wide resource sharing network featuring joint electronic databases, and the following state-wide services: an interlibrary loan agreement supported by a courier service and Internet document delivery and a universal library ID card. The Killam Library is also a member of OCLC, the largest library network in North America, which makes the collections of other institutions available to our library through interlibrary loan. The library also belongs to a consortium of other Texas A&M University System libraries, which shares the Voyager Integrated Library System. More information on the Killam Library is available on the university web page http://library.tamiu.edu.
The Library began its first year of operation in 1995 as an independent, university library. We are in the process of building collections and designing services at a fascinating time when the definition of library service is changing rapidly due to electronic information sources and telecommunications. We invite you to take advantage of these trends and explore the information resources in our library. You may also wish to contact the Killam Library staff via E-mail if you have questions about our services.