Facility & Holdings


Size: 33,370 square feet.

Capacity: Currently serves 1,600 high school students. Currently contains over 50,000 volumes.

Design Highlights: Brick sculpture of school district logo; domed foyer with a skyscape by L. Wichi Guevara, Jr. of Brownsville, TX.; terrazzo tile mosaic images of Pre-Columbian designs; display cases for exhibits; expansive windows with northeast light for reading.

Facilities: 128-seat lecture hall; e-training lab; video editing room; two small conference rooms; fully accessible for use by people with disabilities.

Groundbreaking Date: November 21, 1996.

Opening Date: January 5, 1998.

Dedication: January 21, 1998; featured speaker Barbara Bush.


Books: 50,000+ print volumes; health and science specialization; 80,000 ebooks.

Periodicals: Over 120 print titles; 3 newspapers; extensive online access. The library subscribes to over 120 magazine titles covering health, science, and technology issues, as well as leisure reading. Magazines are received on a monthly, weekly, bi-weekly or quarterly basis. Patrons of the library may check out magazines. Current magazines are checked out overnight only. Back issues for these titles may be checked out for two weeks. Additional magazines are available on microfiche and through the library's web subscription databases.

Videos/DVDs/CDs: 8,000 titles; may be checked out for 3 days.

Art: Over 1,000 framed prints for circulation.

Computers: Windows network with 114 PCs for student use; 30 take-home laptops; laser printers; scanners; video editing and presentation equipment.
MS Office; Inventor; and Adobe CS6 are available on PCs. Black and white word processing that is the student's own work and is for class is free of charge. All color printouts are .10/page.

Online Resources: Access to library catalog, word processing, eBooks, Internet access to subscription databases.

The library catalog provides patrons with call numbers for the books and videos in Biblioteca Las Americas. Items can be accessed by key word/phrase, title, author, or subject and may also be accessed from home. Each student may manage his or her own account.

Microfiche: Patrons of the library may locate magazine articles on microfiche covering the period from 1985-present. Articles may be viewed on the microfiche reader/printer and can be printed at 10 cents a page.

  • Biblioteca Las Américas 956-514-4268
  • 100 Med High Drive Mercedes TX 78570