Books are the information source of choice in several circumstances. Books excel at:

  • Providing a comprehensive overview of a subject.
  • Comparing and contrasting multiple points of view on a complex subject.
  • Collating in one place the writings of multiple experts on a topic.
  • Providing historical perspective.
  • Bringing together interdisciplinary views on topics that cross traditional discipline boundaries.
  • Inspiring, entertaining, and creating visions of places unseen.

Book Formats/Sources

Many prefer print books, and we have a large number of wonderful works which are not available electronically.

  • Search our online catalog for books that we have here in the library. The individual record will show where the book is located, and if it is checked out.
  • Search the database WorldCat, and requesting the item through Interlibrary Loan
  • Using the excellent public libraries in Canyon and Amarillo.

We have several sources of online books, and a number of ways to locate them:

Reference books are ideal for learning background on a topic, or statistics. Sources include:

Occasionally a professor will put a textbook on reserve for use by students in a specific course. Otherwise:

  • We have very few textbooks for classes taught at WTAMU. Ask for assistance at the Research & Access Desk.
  • Texas State approved K-12 textbooks are in the Instructional Resource Center on the first floor of the library.

Books to be read to young children, to be used for elementary educators, or for pleasure reading are all in the collection. To find them:

  • Search the online catalog and narrow your results by selecting Youth Shelves or Old Main Room 214 Williams Children's Literature Collection under "Shelving Location."
  • Browse the shelves in either the Instructional Resource Center or the Youth Shelves.

If you are among those who believe that settling down with a good book is relaxing, we can help.

  • Browse the paperback shelves, located near the coffee shop seating area.
  • Browse the New Books shelves, located near the Research & Access desk.
  • Search our online catalog for items that are shelved in other areas. You can search by title, author, or genre.
  • Ask for suggestions at the Research & Access Desk.


For eBooks, audiobooks and streaming movies, please try out Overdrive.

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