The University Library

The Rupert and Pauline Richardson Library serves as a vital resource center for the educational programs by providing the materials, databases, and services necessary to support the curriculum of the University. The library maintains a robust website at with databases, print and e-books, subject guides, “how to” videos, contact information and service hours, which are easily available. Librarians, who have extensive professional expertise, are available in the library, by phone 325-670-1578, online chat, and via email at

Library Resources

The Hardin-Simmons University Library online catalog and databases are available 24/7 from the university webpage and Canvas. The library’s discovery tool Research Roundup simplifies searching by providing a one-step process. The HSU library provides access to over 250,000 physical items, 128,000 electronic journals and 300,000 electronic books. HSU’s membership in the Abilene Library Consortium adds access to approximately 2 million items; and TexShare resources are available from across the state and an interlibrary loan service to request materials from around the world.


The library provides computers in collaborative and single user settings as well as networked and wireless printers, wireless connectivity, scanners, projectors, photocopiers, lamination services and telefax.

Graduate Students

Check out period on HSU items is one month with a current HSU ID.