University Libraries

The 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. A growing body of books, manuscripts, periodicals, tracts, pamphlets, art, and other cultural artifacts supports research on nineteenth-century literature and culture more broadly. The Library and Museum annually attracts visiting scholars from around the world pursuing in-residence research and supports the teaching and research needs of Baylor faculty and students in a variety of ways. Armstrong Browning hosts numerous lectures, symposia, and concerts that reinforce its mission. 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.

Central Libraries
Moody Memorial Library and Jesse H. Jones Library together 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.

Crouch Fine Arts Library
The Crouch Fine Arts Library 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.

Institute for Oral History
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
Baylor University established the Keston Center in 2007 to receive, maintain, preserve, expand and make 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. Originally located at Keston College in Oxford, the scope includes not only the former Soviet Union and other Warsaw Pact countries but also nations as diverse as Angola, Afghanistan, Cuba, China, Vietnam, and Mozambique. The Center also hosts lectures, panels, and commemorations to highlight the collection and bear witness to those who defended religious freedom. 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
Library and Academic Technology services reflects a merger of academic technology and library technology, consisting of copyright services; Digitization and Digital Preservation; Experential Learning CommonsLearning Design and Learning SystemsLearning Spaces; Library Systems; and scholarly communication services.

W. R. Poage Legislative Library
This 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.

Texas Collection/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. Among the many unique holdings are an extensive map collection, some dating to the 1600s. The Texas Collection also has oversight of the Independence Visitor Center in the birthplace of Baylor at Independence, Texas.

Other Libraries

Note: These libraries operate under their respective Deans, but their materials appear in Baylor's integrated library system (OneSearch)

Legal Research & Technology Center
Located within the Umphrey Law Center, the Sheridan & John Eddie Williams Legal Research and Technology Center serves the legal research needs of the faculty, students, and alumni of Baylor Law School, the wider University, practicing attorneys, and the general public. The library's 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.

School of Education Learning Resources Center
Located on the Garden Level of Marrs McLean Science Building (south end), the Learning Resources Center (LRC) 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. It offers students experience in using materials similar to those they will use when they begin teaching. These include textbooks for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, teacher resource books, children's and young adult literature, standardized tests, DVDs for faculty classroom use, a puppet collection, hands-on materials, maps, and numerous other items. The LRC houses a Media Center which is dedicated to developing digital literacy among students, faculty, and staff. The Media Center has audio visual equipment, digital fabrication, robotics, and other tools that can be used to create educational materials.

School of Nursing Learning Resource Center (Dallas)
The School of Nursing Learning Resource Center (NLRC) is located on the basement level of the Louise Herring School of Nursing Academic Building at 333 N. Washington Avenue in Dallas. The NLRC specializes in nursing resources that support faculty research and nursing student learning. These resources include: research and full text databases; electronic journals; books and e-books; undergraduate textbook reserves; printers; a full color digital scanner; study rooms with white boards; student e-mail and internet access; and clinical equipment for check out. The NLRC has access to all the Baylor University Central Libraries electronic resources plus some that are restricted to the School of Nursing. Twenty-four-hour access is controlled by the Dallas-issued Baylor University Medical Center ID badge. A credentialed professional medical librarian is available to answer questions and provide research assistance weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Nursing student workers are also available to help and give advice. Contact the NLRC at or (972) 576-9200.