October 20, 2023

From quiet study spaces to vast collections of books and research documents, the Texas A&M University Libraries have provided generations of Aggies with tools for success. Here are some of our favorite hidden treasures of the libraries.

Course Affordability

Textbooks comprise about 14% of enrollment costs, a financial hurdle that compels some college students to forgo course material at the expense of their grades. To reduce these costs, the libraries are partnering with faculty to offer helpful services: Open Educational Resources, a low- to no-cost digital textbook alternative; Course Reserves, which offers free access to materials through class portals; and a check-out service for expensive equipment.

The Studio

When Aggies need to master their media-enriched instructional projects, The Studio at Evans Library is the place to begin. Students, faculty and staff can create all types of graphics, audio, video and multimedia projects with the help of trained technicians. Many Aggies also use this space’s professional-level equipment to record music, podcasts and more.

Get It for Me

When students can’t find the necessary resources to complete an assignment, frustration usually follows. This service, as its name implies, relieves that frustration by asking the libraries’ experts to quickly source the necessary book, document or other material outside of Aggieland.   

Study Spaces

The libraries have always encouraged collaboration, but leadership is now focusing on what “collaborative spaces” mean to the success of each student. Drawing from the experience and expertise of academic partners across campus, the libraries plan to evolve their spaces to meet individual needs and support student academics, wellness and mental well-being. 

Digital Collections

Time risks the ruin of important documents, photos, films and audio recordings, but the libraries are saving these resources one digital collection at a time. From topics like folk music to the Great Depression and beyond, Aggies can find information for coursework, faculty can utilize material for research, and the general public can realize history’s impact on the global community. 

Help experts at the libraries continue serving Aggies into the future by planning a gift to support one of these hidden treasures! Learn more by contacting Jennifer Hester '98 using the form at the bottom of this page.