The May 7, 1957 J-TAC showed the photo above and stated: "OUTSIDE CHUTE - Returning books through the outside chute to the left of the main entrance of the Tarleton Library are, left to right, Virginia Winkler of Belton, Gloria Grohmann of Austin, and Gloria Ratliff of Haskell. As of April 5 there had been 1,351 books checked out of the library."
The Twentieth Century Club, whose president was Louise Linn Bramlette, wife of Tarleton's president E.E. Bramlette, held a book reception in January 1902 to benefit the John Tarleton Library. Approximately 250 books were collected! The 1902-03 college bulletin stated that the library held 1,500 volumes. By 1905 the library held 2,500 volumes. In 1975 the library held 121,500 volumes. (King, The Dick Smith Library: Into the Second Century, 2002). Currently the library has over 280,000 items!