2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Mary Couts Burnett Library

The Mary Couts Burnett Library provides intellectual resources, innovative technology tools and an inspiring physical and virtual environment, all supported by approachable and resourceful staff, to serve TCU’s diverse community of learners. Students and faculty have access to more than 108,000 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 items available through http://library.tcu.edu.

Materials are arranged by the Library of Congress system in open stacks for convenient access. Librarians and staff select and maintain the collections, which include a music/media library located in the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Particular collections include U.S. documents; the Archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; the papers of former Speaker of the House James C. Wright, Jr.; the papers of Amon G. Carter, Sr.; the Luxembourg collection; the University's historical collection and digital archives; Ninnie L. Baird and Mrs Baird Bakeries materials; and special collections of rare books and manuscripts, such as the William Luther Lewis Collection of English and American Literature.

Research librarians may be contacted in person, by phone, by email or by live text messaging as described at https://library.tcu.edu/askalibrarian.asp. They regularly conduct instruction on the resources available and encourage scheduling individual consultations 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 12-seat screening room may be reserved at http://library.tcu.edu.

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

Older periodicals have been moved to the Library Annex. A journal article can be scanned and picked up as an electronic file. An entire periodical issue may be requested for retrieval.  Scholarly materials are supplemented by the popular reading and best-selling authors sections.

During spring and fall semesters, the Library is open around the clock five days a week and provides varied environments for studying, including quiet zones. Group study rooms in the Library and Rees-Jones Hall 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 membership in local, regional and national library consortia, the Library can secure for TCU faculty and students the advantages that come with resource sharing. Membership in TexShare includes borrowing privileges with more than 150 academic libraries throughout Texas.

A computer lab in the Library features Windows and Macintosh machines, a flatbed and sheet-feed scanning station, and black-and-white and color laser printers. Wireless laptops may be checked out for three hours. In addition the Library also houses a small high-performance computing lab, audio-video editing rooms, and a fabrication lab with a plotter and 3D printers.