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About COM Library

Library hours, who can use the library, what you can do in the library and more.

Who Can Use the Library?

COM students, faculty and staff have full access to all COM Library resources.

Your COM ID is your library card.

  • For COM students, this library card will be valid for each semester that you are registered.
  • For COM faculty and staff, the card is valid throughout the length of your employment.

Find out more about your library card and checkout limits

CommunityThe community is welcome in COM Library. Most resources may be used on site without a library card.

If you'd like to check out books you'll need to get a COM Library community card. The card is available to residents of Texas City, La Marque, Dickinson, San Leon, Bacliff, Hitchcock, Santa Fe, Algoa, Arcadia and Alta Loma (these cities comprise COM's tax base). Find out more.

TexShare CardTexShare card holders are free to come in and use any resource in COM Library.

With your current TexShare card you can check out two books.

See more about the TexShare program and COM Library's TexShare policy.

While we welcome all visitors to the library, minors have special needs for their safety and welfare. For this reason, the library has two guidelines for minors.

Minors & Library Computers

As a higher education institution, COM Library has an adult orientation and most of its users are adults. The library provides unfiltered access to the Internet to serve the needs of the academic community. Library computers are therefore reserved for the use of those who are 16 years or older or are currently enrolled College of the Mainland students*.

Computer users must be able to provide photo IDs upon the request of library staff that prove they are 16 years or older or a currently enrolled College of the Mainland Student. Those under 16 may not use or view computers, or be in the computer area, nor view or use the OPAC computers used to search the library catalog.

Minors in the Library

Elsewhere in the library, parents or caregivers who bring minors into the library are responsible for monitoring their activities and regulating their behavior, ensuring: a) their safety; and b) that their behavior is appropriate for an academic library.

* Currently enrolled College of the Mainland students are credit, continuing education, ESL, Dual Credit, and Collegiate High School students.