Mary Couts Burnett Library

Mary Couts Burnett Library provides information resources for inquiry, intellectual discovery and the development of lifelong learning skills in a people-centered environment. Students and faculty have access to more than 1 million books, CDs, DVDs, videos and nearly 24,000 current journals, electronically and in paper. More than 300 databases, many that include the full text of journal articles, are available 24 hours a day via the library's Web site ( Examples of popular databases are Lexis Nexis, Business Source Complete, PsychINFO and ScienceDirect.

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, U.S. and European Union 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 providing library and research assistance are available in the Information Commons area of the library. They can be contacted in person, by phone, by e-mail or by live text messaging as described at The reference librarians are regularly teaching courses on using the library's resources and are willing to schedule individual consultation appointments for more in-depth research assistance.

The library is open 24 hours, five days a week, and provides different environments for studying, including group study rooms and various "quiet zones" throughout the building. The scholarly materials are supplemented by the popular reading or best-seller authors collection located next to Bistro Burnett, where students can enjoy coffee and a variety of refreshments.

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. TCU's membership in TexShare enables TCU faculty and students to obtain borrowing privileges from more than 150 academic libraries throughout Texas.

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