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The Baylor Libraries lead as an innovative research library that supports the mission of the university by undergirding scholarship, fostering teaching and learning, and building communities.

Baylor has several research libraries, institutes, and centers, and is also home to Library and Academic Technology Services.

  • Armstrong Browning Library and Museum is dedicated to the study of the lives and works of the Victorian poets Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, houses the world's largest collection of Browning material and contains 62 stained glass windows that illustrate the Brownings' poetry. Named by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as one of the most beautiful college libraries in America, the facility serves as a cultural venue for the Baylor campus and draws more than 30,000 visitors a year.
  • The Baylor Legal Research and Technology Center supports Baylor Law School students, other students across the university, practicing attorneys and the public. Its holdings include regularly updated collections of the laws and judicial decisions of the United States government and of all 50 states, administrative regulations of federal and Texas government agencies, as well as numerous legal periodicals, treatises, and practitioner resources. While part of the university's library system, this library operates under the oversight of Baylor Law School.
  • The Arts & Special Collections Research Center houses the music and visual arts collections, as well as audio and video recordings for other disciplines. Recognized as one of the most distinguished music libraries in the Southwest, it boasts collections of approximately 75,000 music scores, 65,000 audio recordings, 10,000 video recordings, and 35,000 books on various aspects of music. The Library's special collections include rare and unique materials dating as far back as the 11th century.
  • The Institute for Oral History has recorded and preserved oral histories since 1970, earning along the way a strong reputation for multidisciplinary outreach to both academic scholars and community historians by providing professional leadership, educational tools, and research opportunities. The Institute joined the University Libraries in 2019.
  • The Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society receives, maintains, preserves, expands and makes available to researchers and scholars from across the globe the Keston Archives and Library, the world's most comprehensive artificially assembled collection of materials on religious persecution under communist and other totalitarian regimes. In addition to rare samizdat (illegal publications), the collection, which is housed on the third floor of Carroll Library, contains Keston News Service press releases, pamphlets, reports, manuscripts, court documents, and correspondence as well as 4,500 photographs, about 20 works of art, more than 700 audio-visual pieces, 69 propaganda posters, rare items and more. A library of about 8,000 books and nearly 900 periodicals augment the 1,400 linear feet of archives created in at least 33 languages and encompassing 30 discreet denominations and religions.
  • Library and Academic Technology Services (LATS) supports the Libraries and the university by providing and supporting a wide-range of technologies that drive research, learning, and teaching. HelpDesk+ on the Garden Level of Moody Memorial Library features a Makerspace and Media Labs to empower creativity. OneSearch and other library systems connect researchers with vital digital and print resources. Our digitization center makes Baylor's rare print collections and archives available world-wide. Our Learning Design team assist faculty with online and hybrid instruction, while our Learning Spaces team enhance and support technology-rich classrooms. LATS also provides and supports Canvas, Zoom, Webex and other systems designed to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Moody and Jones Libraries serve as the main research complex for Baylor University, providing access to over 3.5 million physical resources and over 1.3 million electronic resources. The Central Libraries are a vibrant academic center for the university, supporting the research, teaching, and learning needs of all Baylor faculty, staff, and students.
  • The School of Education Learning Resource Center is located on the Garden Level of Marrs McLean Science Building and provides materials related to education subject fields, to child and adolescent learning and psychology, and to professional knowledge that supports the School of Ed curriculum. While an vital library resource available to all Baylor students, the Education LRC operates under the oversight of the School of Education.
  • The Louise Herrington School of Nursing Learning Resource Center is located on the basement level of Baylor's nursing school in Dallas at 333 N. Washington Avenue. This center specializes in resources that support faculty research and student learning. While an important part of the Baylor's library system, the Nursing LRC operates under the oversight of the School of Nursing.
  • The Texas Collection and University Archives The Texas Collection and University Archives are located in Carroll Library on the historic Quadrangle on the Baylor campus and collect, preserve, and provide access to materials documenting the history, heritage, and culture of Texas and Baylor University. The Texas Collection oversees the Independence Visitor Center in the birthplace of Baylor at Independence, Texas.
  • W. R. Poage Legislative Library is located near the Central Libraries and is comprised of the Baylor Collections of Political Materials and the Graduate Research Center. The Baylor Collections of Political Materials serves as a repository for congressional and personal papers related to the political history of Texas and the nation. The Graduate Research Center provides Baylor graduate students and faculty with resources designed to enhance their research and teaching.

University Libraries

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Waco, TX 76798-7148

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