Robert J. Terry Library

 Regular Hours:
Mon. - Thurs. 7am - midnight
Friday  7am - 8pm
Sat.     9am - 6pm
Sun.   12pm - midnight

Contact Us:
Reference: 713-313-7402 
Bus. Reference: 713-313-7151
Circulation & Course Reserves: 713-313-7148
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


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Students, click here to find materials on Course Reserve.

Information Literacy Month Events (October)

The Robert J. Terry Library will celebrate Information Literacy Month with several events:

Brown Bag "Lunch and Discover" Workshops
What could be more appropriate for Information Literacy month than to become more information literate! Attend a lively and enlightening presentation about research databases and resources available to you through the library. October 17, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 -2:00 p.m. ;  October 23, 11:00 – 12:00 noon ; October 24, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Film screening and discussion will be held Oct. 21 at 2:15 p.m. in the RJT Library, 1st floor exhibit room.

Freedom Summer is a documentary exploring the ten weeks 50 years ago when more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans for a massive voter registration effort in Mississippi. The historic events of 1964 forced the media and the country to take notice of the shocking violence and injustice taking place in the Deep South. The following year Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The NEH's “CREATED EQUAL “ initiative, developed in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, brings you this context and perspectives on the civil rights struggle in the United States.




“The Pathway from Slavery to Freedom” is an exhibit on the first floor foyer of the library created by Assistant Librarian, Barbara Ritcherson. Displayed items include: Martin Delaney’s newspaper The Mystery; Henry O. Flipper, the first Negro graduate of West Point Military Academy; Abolitionist writer Frances Ellen Watkins Harper’s first volume of poetry published in 1845; and several readings from A Primer of Freedom by Gray Iron. Explore some of the valuable treasured archives stored in RJT’s Special Collections.

Also, 12 Years a Slave showing (almost) daily at 12:00 in the exhibit room of the RJT library! Contact the Reference Desk at x7402 for more information.

Helpful Videos (click to enlarge)


New Electronic Databases & Resources to Explore

Learning Express Library
Provides comprehensive test preparation, skills improvement resources, and career guidance. Boasts an extensive offering of occupational Prep Tests, including the Electrician’s License test, Law Enforcement exams, ASVAB preparation, Military Flight exams, Real Estate exams, and more. Also includes basic skills improvement exams, SAT, CLEP and THEA tests.

Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities
A vital resource for increasing the publishing effectiveness of professors, graduate students, and researchers, this tool helps scholars match their manuscripts with the scholarly journals most likely to publish them.

 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.

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Government Resources:

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