Welcome to Coates Library: Using the Library this Fall

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about how we’re able to meet the needs of Trinity’s faculty, staff, and students.  We hope that we can return to our traditional service model much sooner than later, but for now, here are the basics that you’ll need to know:

Use of the library’s spaces:  The library can be entered only by using your Tiger Card. Use of all our interior spaces will follow the university’s requirements for social distancing and hygiene, and compliance with these guidelines will be enforced. Signage will indicate traffic flow through the building as well as seating limitations and areas that are off-limits. There are spaces reserved around the building for attending virtual classes, as well.

Access hours: Most days the library is open from 8:00am to 10:00pm. The library’s website always has an up-to-date calendar of operational hours: This page includes hours for the Tiger Learning Commons (including the Writing Center), ITS, Ricoh Print Center, and Starbucks.

Exterior of Coates LIbrary at Trinity University
Books Stacked on a Study Table in the Library

Getting your hands on stuff:  We’re here to connect you with the materials you need!  You can look up physical holdings like books and DVDs in our classic catalog and check them out at the circulation desk. If you need something we don’t own, we can still probably get it for you through our interlibrary loan service. Heads up: for everyone’s safety, materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after they are returned to the library.

Getting research help: You can get quick assistance at the access services desk by the main entrance. For more involved help, it’s best to reach out to the liaison librarian who covers the relevant academic discipline and make an appointment with him or her. You can find a list of these librarians here.

For more information, you can always visit our website, email us at, or call us at 210-999-8127.

And don’t forget to follow @coateslibrary on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information about hours, services, and more!