TSTC’s Learning Resource Center offers students more than just books

TSTC nursing student Servando Bazan (center) uses his student ID card to borrow books with the help of TSTC working student Katelyn Ubina (left). (Courtesy: Texas State Technical College/TSTC)

HARLINGEN – September is Library Card Application Month, an opportunity for libraries to educate lifelong learners about the value of library cards.

At Texas State Technical College, a student card acts as a library card. This gives students access to many educational resources at TSTC’s Learning Resource Center.

Julio Solis from Edinburgh is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Biomedical Device Technology at TSTC.

Solis said he recently used the campus library for the first time.

“My brother-in-law suggested using the library if I had classes all day,” he said. “He studied there a lot because it was accessible.”

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Luz Mejia from Brownsville is studying Nursing at TSTC as an Associate of Applied Science.

Mejia says she enjoys the variety of resources available in the Learning Resource Center.

“There is easy access to computers and to print out documents,” Mejia said. “The learning rooms are also unlimited in time. I recommend students to use the library as the staff is excellent with their customer service.”

Nancy Hendricks, director of TSTC’s learning resource center, said the library staff makes it easy for students to find what they need.

“The resources available consist of computers, virtual reality devices, books, games and DVDs,” Hendricks said. “The library has 79 databases and provides services for personal reference, online and hybrid students. There’s also access to e-books, help guides, library guides, streaming videos, and more.”

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Hendricks added that the Learning Resource Center’s peaceful atmosphere is conducive to learning and focus.

“There are two meeting rooms, a lobby area, study tables and study rooms,” she said.

Luis Gonzalez, a TSTC library employee, said library staff can demonstrate how to navigate the college’s online databases.

“Students are shown research paper guides, including formats and citations,” Gonzalez said. “Other services are technical, such as printing, using word processing and spreadsheets, and signing a PDF form. We also show how to scan materials and how to use a copier and fax machine.”

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The Learning Resource Center on TSTC’s Harlingen campus is adjacent to the student quarter and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding public holidays.

Tutoring services are available to TSTC students Monday through Friday on the second floor of the Learning Resource Center by contacting 956-364-4109.

For more information about TSTC, see tstc.edu.

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