Popular Books, Individual Study Rooms and More – Now Available at Mary and Jeff Bell Library

Published: September 02, 2016

Popular Books, Individual Study Rooms and More – Now Available at Mary and Jeff Bell Library

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Romance, thrillers, mysteries and adventures! These are just a few of the popular reading categories now available in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Islander community can now sit back, relax and enjoy an impressive array of books from popular genres. Other new additions to the library include individual study rooms for those with an affinity for reading or studying in complete privacy and the ability to check out DVDs for use at home.

“Unlike the rest of the library’s collection, the popular reading collection is not tied to specific classes or the curriculum, said Edward Kownslar, Collection Management Librarian. “We think everyone at TAMU-CC will enjoy reading the popular books as a break from their assigned readings. The books are a good blend of different genres, including horror, science fiction, fantasy, adventure and mystery.”

Located on the first floor of the Bell Library, the popular reading shelf is also home to books about current social issues, cookbooks, hobbies, history, religion and biographies of current political and business leaders. Islanders are encouraged to make title suggestions and send them via email to Edward.Kownslar@tamucc.edu.

“Titles and genres of book selection are based on their popularity and global impact,” said Kownslar. “We also make our selections from Oprah’s reading list.”

According to Bell Library staff, these additions will help create better engagement with students, faculty and staff as well as increase their level of productivity.

“I prefer to read historical drama or science fiction. I love Tom Clancy, J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien,” said Greg Rominski, a Communication major. “With this latest addition to the library, I definitely will be stopping by to see which books are available.”

Angel Natalia Tellez, a Biomedical Science major, says the new collection will help her save money.

“Before now, I was going to traditional bookstores to buy books,” Tellez said. “Now, I have this opportunity to read the books for free. I feel like it’s pretty awesome.”

The library’s media center on the second floor is home to a notably large DVD collection. Previously, students were only permitted to check out DVDs for viewing within the library. Now, students can check out a maximum of two DVDs for two days to watch at home. Faculty and staff have a two-week check out period.

“Each year, we order everything that was nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild Awards and most HBO series,” said Amanda Horne, Library Associate. “We even have tons of TV series, including ‘How I Met your Mother,’ ‘Entourage,’ ‘Friends,’ ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Dexter’ and more.”

Additionally, private study rooms – for individual or group work – have also been added to the library. Some study rooms are equipped with technology and are insulated to reduce noise transfer. The rooms have been named after places from popular books, for instance, the “Hogsmeade” room, which pays homage to “Harry Potter,” and the “Oz” room, which references the “Wizard of Oz.”

To learn more about the Bell Library and the services offered, go to http://library.tamucc.edu.