The Robert James Terry Library supports the curriculum and research needs of the University
community through the development of relevant collections and the provision of services
designed to facilitate access to information and learning.
The Library At-A-Glance:
The library was named for Dr. Robert James Terry, Interim President of the Texas Southern University from 1986-1987.
The principal research collections consist of over 261,506 volumes of print materials
and media, along with 504,149 microforms and 1,774 print periodicals that are housed
in a centrally located facility providing seating for approximately 687 library users.
The building has approximately 135,000 square feet of space. Closed study rooms and
individual study carrels are provided on most floors. With the exception of Special
Collections, the library maintains open stacks. Materials are classified using the Library of Congress Classification System.
The Robert James Terry Library provides seven major public access service areas - Reference, Circulation/Reserve, and Special Collections are on the first floor; Serials Department is located on the second floor; the Learning Resources Center is located on the third floor; the Business and Economics Library is located on the fifth floor; and the Pharmacy Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Pharmacy building.
The library provides a variety of services to its users. These services include bibliographic instruction; Ask a Librarian; information services; circulation/reserve, My account interlibrary loan and documentdelivery, DistanceLearning Services, and Other Services. There are a variety of electronic resources including databases, indexes, full text journals, and electronic books.
Distance Learning Services:
The library has responsibility for making its resources and services available to users regardless of physical location. Therefore, the library identifies, develops, coordinates, implements, and assesses these resources and services. "The library's program must be designed to meet not only standard informational and skills development needs but also the unique needs of the distance community" - as approved by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors, July 1, 2008:
The Robert James Terry Library adheres to the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning
Library Services and provides a number of resources and services designed to meet the
research needs of the distance learning community.
For additional information, see the Distance Learning Services page.
Information Literacy Statement:
The Robert James Terry Library supports the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Information Literacy skills are an essential part of our library instruction program that infuses the essential components into all library lectures, guides, tutorials, library websites, and others.
New eBook Collections: