Robert J. Terry Library
Robert J. Terry Library
Circulation & Course Reserves: 713-313-7148
Reference & Research Assistance: 713-313-7402 or 1874  

Business Reference (5th floor): 713-313-7151
Serials: 713-313-7154
Heartman Collection & TSU Archives:  713-313-7298
Interlibrary Loan: 713-313-1085
Administrative Offices: 713-313-7122
Computer Lab: 713-313-7150


M-TH 7am - 12am
F       7am - 8pm
Sat.   9am - 6pm
Sun.  noon - 10pm

TSU Digital Archive NEW!
Digital Archive/Repository of TSU faculty publications. We welcome your contributions!

(including the one in the RJT Library)

Honors College: x6725
Blackboard Assistance: x7242
Law Library: x4455

MS. FREEMAN at 713.313.1077. 

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Students, click here to find textbooks and assigned readings
placed on Course Reserve by your professor.

The old catalog (mainly just print) is still here: Library Catalog.

You can alwayAskaLibrarian if you need assistance locating books or articles.

 Faculty, you now can request library instruction for your classes using this online form.  

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 Our Mission:

The Robert J. Terry Library (RJTL) empowers scholars by providing access to robust collections, qualified staff and innovative work spaces that advance teaching and learning and stimulate scholarship, community engagement, intellectual inquiry and civic discourse. Revised Fall, 2016

Library At-A-Glance:

The library collection consists of over 261,506 printed books and media titles, along with 1,774 print periodicals and over 250 electronic databases providing TSU students and staff with remote access to thousands of additional subscription journal titles and ebooks. The library provides an information literacy program, bibliographic instruction, virtual reference (Ask a Librarian), reserves, and interlibrary loan.

Closed study rooms and individual study carrels are provided on most floors. With the exception of Special Collections, the library maintains open stacks. Wireless access is available throughout the building. A computer lab is available on the 3rd floor. Students can print up to 40 pages without charge. Copy machines are available on the second floor.

The Robert James Terry Library provides seven major public service areas: Reference, Circulation/Reserve, and Special Collections on the first floor; the Serials Department on the second floor; the Learning Resources Center on the third floor; and the Business and Economics Library on the fifth floor.

The library was named for Dr. Robert James Terry, Interim President of the Texas Southern University from 1986-1987.


Distance Learning Services:

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.

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.

Disability Services:

The RJTL supports guidelines set forth by Texas Southern University’s Office of Disability Services.   Students with documented disabilities should coordinate services through that office and notify library staff when assistance is needed.


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