January 19, 2022

Texas Christian University Library Prepares to Relocate 800,000 Volumes Off Campus

From TCU 360:

Books are not being removed, only relocated, said Library Dean June Koelker.

“What we’re trying to do is have enough seating so that students can find a place where they want to sit,” Koelker said. “We’re taking some of the space that we’ll gain by moving the books and creating more seating for students.”

The plan will move 800,000 materials, including books, bound periodicals and archives, which constitute about two-thirds of all materials housed in the library.


Tracy Hull, associate dean of the library, said the off campus location encourages students to utilize technology, such as the online virtual library. This feature allows viewers to see book covers, indexes and tables of contents as well as the books positioned next to books on the shelf. She also explained the benefit of moving bound periodicals to the annex.

“They’re not something that you really browse the shelves for; you usually know what article you want, so you’ll request it, we’ll scan it and email it to you,” Hull said.

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