2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Mary Couts Burnett Library

The Mary Couts Burnett Library provides intellectual tools, innovative technology and an inspiring physical and virtual space, all supported by approachable and resourceful staff, to serve TCU’s diverse community of learners. Students and faculty have access to more than 95,000 unique journal titles and more than 1.9 million books, CDs, DVDs, videos and other items housed in the Library and the Library Annex off-site in addition to a wealth of online works available through the Library’s website, http://library.tcu.edu.

Materials are arranged by the Library of Congress system in open stacks for convenient access. Librarians and staff select, maintain and interpret the collections for library users. A music/media library and the Brite Divinity School library are also located in the Mary Couts Burnett Library, as are particular collections, including U.S. documents; the archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; the papers of former Speaker of the House Jim Wright; the papers of Amon G. Carter, Sr.; the Luxembourg collection; the University’s historical collection and digital archives; and special collections of rare books and manuscripts, such as the William Luther Lewis Collection of English and American Literature.

Research librarians can be contacted in person, by phone, by email or by text messaging as outlined at https://library.tcu.edu/askalibrarian.asp. The research librarians regularly conduct instruction on the library’s resources and will schedule individual consultation for more in-depth assistance.

A TCU student may borrow up to 50 books or government documents for 28 days and renew them for two additional 28-day periods. Up to 10 DVD and VHS items may be checked out for seven days. Up to 10 CDs may be checked out for 14 days. Audio and video listening and viewing stations are available, and a 14-seat screening room may be reserved through the Library’s website, http://library.tcu.edu.

Library materials that show up in the Library’s online catalog as held at the Library Annex can be requested for retrieval. If these items are requested Sunday through Thursday they will be available within 24 hours. Items requested Friday and Saturday are made available on Monday. Upon return, an email notification is sent indicating the items are available at Library Services and will be held 10 days for pick-up. After 10 days the items go back to the Library Annex.

The library is open around the clock five days a week and provides different environments for studying, including group study rooms and quiet zones. The Library and Rees-Jones Hall offer group study rooms of various sizes that may be reserved for up to three hours through http://library.tcu.edu. The rooms have large wall monitors that can be controlled wirelessly from laptop computers and other portable devices.

Through active membership in local, regional and national library consortia, the library offers the advantages that come with resource sharing. The University’s membership in TexShare enables TCU faculty and students to obtain borrowing privileges from more than 150 academic libraries throughout Texas.

A computer lab in the library features both Windows and Macintosh machines, some equipped with scanners and software for multimedia projects. Several high-speed black-and-white and color laser printers also are available. Wireless laptops can be checked out for three hours. The fall 2015 renovation includes a small high-performance computing lab, audio-video editing rooms, and a fabrication lab with a plotter and 3D printers.