The Elizabeth Huth Coates Library serves as the campus living room for many Trinity students as they collaborate on projects, read and research, and study for exams.

In addition to hundreds of thousands of research and reading materials, the Library houses Special Collections, the Collaborative for Learning and Teaching, Tiger Learning Commons, Writing Center, and the Digital Print Center.

The library, part of Trinity’s national historic district, served as the capstone of the master building plan for Trinity’s Skyline Campus, and it brought together under one roof Trinity academic collections. It was the last campus building overseen by O’Neil Ford and consisted of only the 3rd and 4th floors when it opened in 1979. Coates had a major renovation in 2002 when the Information Commons was created on the 3rd floor adding robust technology to the library.

Fast Facts:
    student walking in front of coates library
    Hours of operation

    The library's current operating hours, as well as any special hours, can be found on the library's website.

    • Books and bound periodical volumes — 688,626
    • Additional volumes of government documents (federal, state and City of San Antonio) — 10,261
    • Microforms — 37,000
    • Access to over 120,000 electronic subscriptions
    • Media (including VHS, Videodisc, DVD, CD, and recordings) — 38,266
    • Databases — 297
    • Reader spaces available — 750


    Events and Booking Information


    Booking Information

    Tiger Faculty and Staff

    Host an Event

    Planning a large event or activity? Contact Conferences and Special Programs for more information about event planning on Trinity’s campus.

    Reserve a Space or Place

    Make individual space or room reservations through T-Space at tspace.trinity.edu. You’ll need your Trinity network username and password, and an idea about the date, time, location, and size of your event.

    Students: Reach out to a faculty or staff sponsor for more information on event planning and space reservations.

    Community Members

    Host an Event

    Want to use a facility or space on Trinity’s campus for your next large event or activity? Contact Conferences and Special Programs for more information.

    Reserve a Space or Place

    Rooms, halls, and outdoor spaces can be reserved for events such as guest lectures, meetings, or other smaller activities. Contact Conferences and Special Programs for more information.


    Directions and Parking

    Address: 14 N Campus Dr, San Antonio, TX 78212

    Parking and Accessibility

    General Parking

    Rules for parking lots marked for student, faculty, and staff permits are enforced year-round daily until 4:30 p.m.  Visitor spaces are marked in several lots, including the Laurie Auditorium lot to the east of the Library and the lot immediately adjacent to the Library on the north.  The Laurie lot requires a one-block walk up a hill and is not recommended for visitors with disabilities.

    Accessibility Accommodations

    For further assistance, please call the Trinity University Police Department at 210-999-7070.

    Accessibility Information – Campus Map
    Check out the accessibility section on Trinity's campus map for information about accessible parking and entrances. Use the way finding feature to see accessible paths across campus.


    Coates Library


    Fax: 210-999-8182

    Email us – Ask a reference question or request information: asklib@trinity.edu


    Find a Staff Member

    Find a Liaison Librarian

    Circulation Desk: 210-999-8127

    Information Technology Services (ITS): 210-999-7213

    Front Office: 210-999-8161