As a starting point to exploring the Libraries' website, we have prepared a list of services and resources that may be of special interest to faculty members. We also encourage you to contact the librarian assigned as the consultant for your academic unit to get a personalized orientation.
The Central Libraries are comprised of the Moody Memorial Library, the Jesse H. Jones Library, the A. Guy Crouch Fine Arts Library and the Electronic Library. Moody Memorial Library houses the majority of our circulating collections and our print periodical holdings. Moody Memorial Library is also home to our Garden Level Study Commons, which provides a comfortable and technology-rich learning environment for the Baylor community. The Jesse H. Jones Library houses our reference collections and a portion of our circulating print collections. The Jones Library is also home to our academic reference librarians who are ready to assist you with your research needs. The A. Guy Crouch Fine Arts Library houses the music and visual arts collections, as well as audio and video collections, for the Central Libraries. The Crouch Fine Arts Library is recognized as one of the most distinguished music libraries in the Southwest, boasting a collection of approximately 50,000 audio and video recordings; 75,000 music scores; and 50,000 books on the arts. The Electronic Library, housed in Moody Memorial Library, provides academic technology support for students and faculty, develops and supports our central library systems, and hosts print and audio digitization facilities for the Baylor University Library system.
The Central Libraries also house several special collections available for use in your research. The Polk Rare Book Collection contains more than 6,000 printed works, including illuminated manuscripts and facsimiles. The collection is particularly strong in rare Bibles dating back to 1484, commentaries, works on the history of the Bible, medieval music manuscripts from the 11th through 14th centuries, and early printed music. The Sue Margaret Hughes Collection houses scarce and special items not suitable for general circulation. The holdings include books of historical value such as significant American imprints; imprints of the Confederate states during the Civil War; Latin American imprints published before 1900; and special editions of the Bible in various languages. The Central Libraries also encompass a number of specific collections acquired intact and housed together. These compilations include Baptist Materials, Scholars Libraries and Papers, and Personal Collections. The special collections are available for use by appointment only.
The Armstrong Browning Library is both a world-renowned center for the study of British poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and a research library with significant holdings in many additional areas of 19th-century literature and culture. Its Browning-related holdings comprise the largest collection of letters, manuscripts, and primary materials on the poets, and the Armstrong Browning Library serves as a library of record for Browning studies. Its collections also include major book and manuscript materials on Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, Emerson, Milsand, Ruskin, and others, as well as collections of 19th-century women poets and 19th-century British theological pamphlets. The library's collections are housed in a remarkable building with a museum-like setting, which is a popular venue for various university functions. Library services are provided, Monday through Friday, to post-doctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and the general public in the third-floor Library Services Center. The Belew Scholars' Room on the third floor serves as a secure reading room for those using library materials. Baylor faculty members and graduate students are encouraged to use the space to do research or quiet reading. Further information is available on the Armstrong Browning Library website.
The Texas Collection is a specialized-subject library and archives that contains books, periodicals, vertical files, maps, historical manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and other materials related to Texas. The Texas Collection is a depository for Texas state documents, oral history memoirs, and most theses and dissertations completed at Baylor. In addition, The Texas Collection houses Baylor's institutional archives. These materials, which embrace all aspects of life in Texas, provide opportunities for in-depth research by graduate and undergraduate students in almost every field of study offered at Baylor. The Texas Collection is located in the Carroll Library Building at the corner of 5th and Speight Street. Further information is available by e-mail or from our web site.
The materials in this collection, which in recent years have focused upon political representation of the region that comprises the former 11th Congressional District, now 17th District, include the papers of twelve members of the United States Congress, several Texas Legislators, and other government officials including Bob Bullock, as well as papers of judicial officials and the records of local political officials and organizations. The library provides an important primary resource for research into political history and issues at the national and state levels. Further information can be obtained by email or from our web site.