Townsend Memorial Library

The University Library contains resources to support research in disciplines leading to degrees and collateral material for breadth of comprehension and leisure reading. The library acquires materials in greater depth in those disciplines for which graduate work is offered. Faculty and librarians select materials specifically to support the curriculum. Monographs, full-text journals, and databases provide infrastructure to both undergraduate and graduate research.

Library services are directed to increasing the successful delivery of pertinent information.

Professional librarians teach skills to allow the student to determine the extent of information needed from the wide array available. Effectively and critically surveying a subject to identify needed information and evaluating its validity and authority are research techniques taught in classroom and personal instruction that contribute to information literacy and lifelong learning.

The library contains total volume holdings of over 204,000 items, including books, audiovisual materials, and electronic books. More than 106 subscription periodical databases are available for scholarly research. The library subscribes to about 770 print journals and there is online access to more than 70,000 full-text journals. Over 25,000 electronic book titles are searchable through the library’s online catalog.

Current UMHB students, faculty, and staff who have a valid library account may access library resources electronically from off-campus locations. Additional information about the library may be found at or by calling (254) 295-4637 or (877) 316-3313 (toll-free).