I am not a Trinity student. Can I still visit and use the library?
Yes. Trinity University and its Library are private, but the Library is open to the public. Most collections and resources can be used by members of the public, after signing in as a guest at the circulation desk. However, entrance to the library after 8:00 p.m. is always restricted: only Trinity faculty, staff, students, and Trustees may enter the building from 8:00 p.m. until 12:00 midnight.* For information on our computer use policy, please click here.
*Evening Hours Entrance Policy
In response to student requests, several years ago Coates Library increased evening security by adding electronic door access. After 8:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, access to the library is limited to those within the Trinity community (i.e., to those with a valid Tiger Card ID - see example below). The Library's doors are electronically locked at 8:00 p.m. The Tiger Card, when placed against the card reader to the right of the entrance doors, will unlock the door nearest the reader and allow you to enter. Since this is an electronically controlled transaction based on your Tiger Card's information, other forms of ID (driver's licenses, Trinity special researcher cards, etc.) will not permit building access.