Academic Support Library
Information Services
Information Commons
Center for Instructional Services (Instructional Technology)


Mary Couts Burnett Library provides information resources for inquiry, intellectual discovery, and the development of life-long learning skills in a people-centered environment. Students and faculty have access to over 1,000,000 books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and nearly 22,000 current journals, electronically and in paper. Over 300 databases, many of which include the full text of journal articles are available through the library¿s website ( Examples of popular databases are LexisNexis, Business Source Premier, and PsycINFO.

Materials are arranged according to the Library of Congress system in open stacks for convenient access to most items. Librarians and staff select, maintain and interpret the collections for Library users. A music library and audio center and the Brite Divinity Library are also located in the Library. Particular collections include Texas, United States and European Community 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 University's historical collection; and special collections of rare books and manuscripts such as the William Luther Lewis Collection of English and American Literature.

Reference Librarians (Library and research assistance) and Information Services Consultants (computing assistance) are available at the Information Commons ( located within the library over 100 hours a week. TCU¿s Center for Writing ( maintains an annex office in the Information Commons Computer Lab and has evening office hours. The Information Commons Computer Lab has over 104 computers, PC and MAC, along with 30 PC laptops available for use in the Library on FrogWave (campus WiFi network.)

Through active membership in local, regional and national library consortia the Library is able to secure for TCU faculty and students the advantages that come with library resource sharing. Our membership in TexShare enables TCU faculty and students to obtain borrowing privileges from more than 150 academic libraries throughout Texas.

Information Services

The central computing facility, located on the ground floor of the Sid W. Richardson Sciences Building, provides network connectivity throughout the campus and computer services and support for all levels of the University.

Using various client servers, Information Services provides support for all programs used by campus departments and supplies direct access to the Internet, the Library and specialized databases as required.

The Information Services staff is available through the Information Commons Desk in the Mary Couts Burnett Library (817-257-5855). Services provided include consultation and assistance with computer problems. A newsletter (TCUSER) providing information about new services, products and support activities is published each semester. In additon, a wide selection of training materials for campus-supported software is also available. The Information Services administrative office is located in SWR Room 175, (817) 257-7682.

Information Commons

The Information Commons, located in the Mary Couts Burnett Library, provides students, faculty and staff with technical and library reference, and writing assistance in an integrated digital environment. Professional staff members and specially trained students staff the TCU Information Commons. A computer lab within the commons provides 110+ networked Wintel and Macintosh workstations along with multi-media computers and high speed laser printers. Wireless laptops are available for checkout and use within the Library. Via the web, a virtual Information Commons provides access to online resources for the university library and information resources.

Center for Instructional Services (Instructional Technology)

The Center for Instructional Services has as it primary mission the successful integration of instructional technology into the teaching and learning environment in today's classroom. Instructional technologies can potentially enrich the educational experience of students at the University. The Center supports classroom instruction by resources to faculty, staff and students to meet their instructional technology needs. The Center is comprised of three support areas:

-- Classroom Technology Support Services provides a wide-range of portable instructional technology equipment for classroom and presentation support on campus. Logistical support for instructional technology installed in classrooms, labs and lecture halls is also a key focus. Orientation and training of the installed technology systems is another important responsibility.

-- Media Production Support Services provides the University with a wide range of products and services in support of classroom instruction, distributed learning, research, professional presentations, recruiting, marketing and special events. A/V duplication and conversion, audio production, video production, graphics, photography, multimedia design/production, computer-based presentations, video conferencing and satellite downlinking are just some of the services provided.

-- Instructional Support Services provides administrative support by coordinating activities, supporting programs and facilitating departmental objectives. Test scanning utilizing a Scantron 888P scanner for tests and surveys is located in the main office in the Library.

The Center for Instructional Services is located in the Mary Couts Burnett Library (Suite B16) and the TAGER building. For more detailed information, refer to the Center's web site at WWW.CIS.TCU.EDU. Call 817-257-7121.

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