Robert J. Terry Library
Robert J. Terry Library

Regular Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:00am – 12:00am
Friday 7:00am-8pm
Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-12:00 am

Contact Us:
Circulation & Course Reserves: 713-313-7148
Reference & Research: 713-313-7402 

Bus. Reference: 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

Library Liaison Program:
Have a suggestion for a new book or database?
Want to help our collection grow? Get to know your Department's Subject Specialist.

Honors College: x6725
TLEC: x6690
Blackboard Assistance: x7242
Law Library: x4455


Search the Robert J. Terry Library Catalog

Students, click here to find reading materials (e.g., textbooks) placed on Course Reserve.


In Honor of National Black History Month, the Robert J. Terry Library presents. . .

"An Epic Evening with the Artists:
Creative Expressions in Dance, Artwork and Spoken Word"

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2016 – 6:00PM
1st Floor, Robert J. Terry Library

Featuring Visual and Performing Artistic Works
by three African-American Women.

Celebrate, Discuss and Promote
the ongoing Transformation of

African-American Art

Refreshments will be served


~ Robert J. Terry Library Student Survey ~

This questionnaire is designed to collect information about your experiences using the Robert J. Terry Library. Your participation in this survey is also an opportunity for you to provide input on a new forward-looking research facility. Please use the space at the end of the survey to express your dreams for TSU's new library, then submit your responses by February 15, 2016. Thanks for participating!

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 Our Mission:

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.

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; the Business and Economics Library on the fifth floor; and the Pharmacy Reading Room on the first floor of the Pharmacy building.

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.

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.

Quick Links:  

Library Catalog      

Electronic Databases

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Government Resources:

Government Resources Online


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