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This section refers to printed books only. For information about electronic books, see How to find an Electronic Book.

The easiest way to find specific books in Killam Library is to search TAMIU WorldCat Local. may be searched by author, title, subject, keyword (Boolean or relevance), call number, or journal title keyword. Instructions for the different kinds of searches are at the bottom of the search screen.

Another way to find a book is to browse in the general subject area. Books in the general collection (3rd and 4th floors), the reference (1st floor) and special collections (2st floor), and the juvenile collection (3rd floor Great Room) are arranged by Library of Congress classification, which is based on subjects. The following is a very general outline of the division of subjects in the Library of Congress classification:

  • A General topics, Encyclopedias, Almanacs
  • B-BD Philosophy
  • BF Psychology
  • BH-BX Ethics, Aesthetics, Religion
  • C Auxiliary Sciences of History
  • D History, General and Old World
  • E-F U.S. and American History
  • G-GC Geography
  • GF-GT Anthropology
  • GV Recreation, Sports, Dance
  • H-HA Social Sciences in general, Statistics
  • HB-HJ Economics, Business, Finance
  • HM-HT Sociology
  • HV Social Pathology, Criminal Justice
  • HX Socialism, Utopianism
  • J Political Science
  • K Law
  • L Education
  • M Music
  • N Art
  • P-PM Languages (Spanish PC 4000, English PE)
  • PN Literature in general, Literature by genre
  • PQ Romance Literature (Spanish PQ 6000)
  • PR British Literature
  • PS American Literature
  • PZ Fiction, Children’s Literature
  • Q Science in general
  • QA Mathematics (Computers QA 75-76)
  • QB-QE Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Geology
  • QH-QL Life Sciences, Botany, Zoology
  • QM-QP Anatomy, Physiology
  • QR Microbiology
  • R Medicine (Nursing RT)
  • S Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science
  • T Technology and Engineering
  • U Military Science
  • V Naval Science
  • Z Library/Information Science, Bibliography

Many of the subject pages (Business, Education, Nursing, etc.) provide more detailed descriptions of the relevant Library of Congress subject classifications, and other browsing hints, under Print Resources.

If a book you want is not in Killam Library, we can get it for you through Interlibrary Loan. We will borrow the book from a consortium partner library which will send it to us through the mail or by courier. You will have a set circulation period to use the book, after which we will send it back (renewals are possible). There is no charge for this service, and the only restriction is that you must be a TAMIU student, faculty, or staff member. For more details, see the Interlibrary Loan page.

To identify books that are not in Killam Library, you can use several different databases. The online catalogs of the other libraries in Laredo, some of TAMIU’s consortium partner libraries, and some other libraries are on the Other Library Catalogs page. You can also search Global Books In Print or TAMIU WorldCat Local to identify books. Keyword searches in any of these databases should produce lists of books on your desired subject, with bibliographic information (title, author, publisher, date, ISBN) so that you can make an InterLibrary Loan request.

Also, don’t forget that Killam Library has access to many electronic books, some of which are not listed in the RIO catalog. For more information, see the How to find an Electronic Book page.


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