Student Handbook
Student Handbook


Senator Judith Zaffirini Library

The Senator Judith Zaffirini Library is located on the ground floor of Building B at LC South. It currently houses 40,601 bound volumes, 1,240 e-books titles (these e-books can be accessed from the Yeary or Zaffirini Libraries) and 105 periodical subscriptions and 75 online databases (which includes full-text journal articles), making it a serviceable library for the students at the LC South Campus.  


The Zaffirini Library is a service-oriented institution, providing trained reference librarians to answer questions when the library is open. During the fall and spring semesters, the Zaffirini Library is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday for student and faculty research. The library is closed on weekends during the summer. The collection’s main focus is to support the curriculum of Laredo College. Many popular resources in book, magazine, and electronic format are available and are actively used.   


The Zaffirini Library is equipped with a comprehensive automation system—a product of the SIRSI Corporation. This system offers enhanced access and research capabilities for students, faculty, staff, and community users. The library automation system (the Book Catalog) is used to look up holdings in the library. The Internet can be accessed from every computer in the Zaffirini Library. The Library Webpage ( is the starting point—with links to all of the library’s resources, which include databases with full-text articles—EBSCOhost and GaleNet-Infotrac. Also, there are health-related databases, such as CINAHL. On the library webpage you can find online encyclopedias such as Encyclopedia Britannica Online. In addition, there are links to government web pages, such as the U.S. Census 1990, 2000, and 2010. EBSCOhost and GaleNet-Infotrac are large databases that can be searched for a wide variety of academic journal articles. Each of these databases contains different information.

TexShare, a service made available through the Texas State Library, provides the Zaffirini Library with many of the online resources that are listed on its webpage. At the library, students, faculty, and staff can obtain a free TexShare card. This enables them to check out materials from other TexShare libraries across the state. The Zaffirini Library contains seating for approximately 130 students at individual study carrels and tables throughout the library. The Circulation Services Desk, which is located at the front of the library adjacent to the main entrance, also houses a collection of “faculty reserve” materials that are available for students. The Reference Desk, where patrons are able to find answers to their research needs, is in the central part of the library. Next to the Circulation Desk and Periodicals Section are two photocopiers for public use.  The library also offers an Interlibrary Loan Service that is free to all students, faculty, and staff.  Finally, the library houses a two-room Computer Lab, complete with a printer station, for student access during regular hours of library operation.   


Therefore, the Zaffirini Library is a complete full service facility that prides itself on its heavy student usage, its capable staff, and its centrality to the mission of the college. You may contact the Zaffirini Library by calling (956) 794.4275.