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Robert James Terry Library
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 building was named for Dr. Robert James Terry, Interim President of the Texas Southern University from 1986-1987.
The principal research collections numbering over 261,275 volumes of print materials and media along with 503,492 microforms 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. To augment study, a number of closed study rooms and individual study carrels are provided on most floors. With the exception of the 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/Reserves, and Special Collections on the first floor; Serials are located on the second floor; the Learning Resources Center is located on the third floor; and the Business and Economics Library is located on the fifth floor; the Pharmacy Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Pharmacy building.
Access to library materials is available on the Web. The Library Catalog is linked to the Texas Southern University web page. There is wireless access throughout the library building.
The library provides a variety of services to its users. These services include bibliographic instruction; reference and information services; interlibrary loans, circulation/reserve and document delivery. There are a variety of electronic resources provides including indexes, full text journals and electronic books.
Information Literacy Statement:
The Robert James Terry Library supports the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Compentency 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 website and others.
Distance Learning Services:
The library has primary responsibility for making its resources and services available to its users regardless of physical location. Therefore, the library identifies, develops, coordinates, implements, and assesses these resources and services. The library's proram 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.