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By Emily Rodriguez


The library in Moody Learning Center retains three collections that faculty and students have access to.

The McAllister collection holds works written by Texans or about Texas. Since the library received the collection, other works have been added. The collection was donated to the school by Walter Williams McAllister Sr., mayor of San Antonio from 1961-1971 who helped found the Alamo Community College District.

The Daughters of the American Revolution collection holds works that cover genealogy and American history primarily focused on New England.

Reference Librarian Karen Balcom said the books from the collection are on deposit from the Alamo chapter of the organization.

Another collection in the library is the Bookcase collection, and covers various topics the library has developed over the years.

“The books tend to be items that are expensive. There are books with colored plates in them and things of that nature,” Director Eileen Oliver said. “Over the years, we’ve discovered some books have routinely gone missing on certain topics. They are placed in that collection because they can’t be checked out.”

The collections are on the fourth floor of Moody Learning Center.

The exact number of books in each collection is unknown, but Oliver called them small collections.

Students or staff can show a college ID to get access to the DAR collection. Nonstudents must receive special permission from the Alamo chapter of the organization.

Students are not able to check out any books from the collections.

For more information, call 210-486-0554.


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