HSU Libraries Advance Scholarship, Research, and Discovery

Hardin-Simmons University Libraries include the Richardson Library and the Smith Music Library. The libraries maintain a robust website with databases, print and e-books, subject guides, contact information, and service hours easily available: http://www.hsutx.edu/library . Call the library’s information number (325) 670-1236 or the Circulation Desk (325) 670-1578 for hours, research assistance, or other library services.


Librarians are HSU faculty members who have extensive professional expertise in helping students find and use information. Through library and classroom instruction, they guide students in the use of resources for maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Librarians are available at the Information Desk, by phone, by live-person-chat, by text, and via email. On the library webpage there are also online research guides and videos to assist users.

Online Access

The online catalog, full-text periodical articles, electronic reference sources, databases, e-books, subject guides, digital archives and recommended websites are all available 24/7 to current students from the library home page using computers on or off-campus. The library’s discovery tool Research Roundup simplifies searching by providing a one step process.


Library materials include online and print reference resources, circulating print books, electronic books, videos/music, DVDs, CDs, audio cassettes, CD-ROMs, music scores, microforms, and full-text databases of periodicals and newspaper articles. Special collections include the Kelley and Tandy Bible Collections, the R.C. Crane Collection of Texana, the Barron-Faulkner Collection, West Texas Digital Archives, Abilene Photograph Collection, Hertzog Fine Printing Collection, federal depository documents, and the Sims and Morrison Hymnody Collections. HSU libraries provide access to over 200,000 physical items, 48,000 full-text journals and 275,000 electronic books. HSU’s membership in the Abilene Library Consortium adds access to over 2 million items; and TexShare resources are available from across the state.


The libraries provide computers in collaborative and single user settings as well as networked and wireless printers, wireless connectivity, scanners, projectors, audio players, video players, photocopiers, lamination services, and telefax.