Robert J. Terry Library
Robert J. Terry Library
Regular Hours:
Monday-Thursday 7:00am–12:00am
Friday 7:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00am-6:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm-12:00 am

3rd Floor Computer
Lab Hours:
Monday -Thursday 7am-12am
Friday- 7am-8pm
Saturday-  9am-6pm
Sunday- 12pm- 8pm

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
Blackboard Assistance: x7242
Law Library: x4455


Search the Robert J. Terry Library Catalog

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

For a lot of searching, 
we recommend going to the full version of the 
Library Catalog.

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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.