Books in the Latino Collection are listed in Millennium OPAC, the library's on-line catalog. Most call numbers for books in the Latino Collection are available in the library's circulating collections.
If you are interested in checking out a book from the Latino Collection, please check the on-line catalog or ask a library staff member to find out if there is a circulating copy available elsewhere in the San Antonio Public Library System.
The Latino Collection is a cultural and education resource which chronicles and celebrates the literature, heritage, and contemporary life of Latinos in the United States. While the Mexican-American experience is the focus of the collection, some materials reflect the experience of Latino peoples across the United States. The collection consists primarily of monographs written in English and Spanish.
Though the Latino Collection is maintained with contemporary publications that are currently in print, it also includes materials that are not easily replaced and therefore require a higher level of security and handling. These include independently published chapbooks from the Chicano movement, large art books, journals that are no longer in print and more. Being a special collection, the materials are non-circulating and available for in-house use. In order to support the Latino reader in utilizing the Collection, dedicated study rooms are now available as part of our recent expansion on Central Library’s first floor.
However, library users may require access to items from the Latino Collection for a longer period of time or prefer to take them off-site. In these cases, librarians can help identify if the title is available for check-out from the general collection or qualifies for an approved check out from the Latino Collection.
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