Mary Couts Burnett Library

Mary Couts Burnett Library provides intellectual resources, innovative technology tools, and an inspiring physical and virtual environment to serve TCU’s diverse community of learners, supported by approachable and resourceful staff. 

Students have access to over 108,000 unique journal titles and more than 1.9 million books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and other items housed in the Library and the Library Annex offsite in addition to a wealth of online resources available through the Library’s website (  Research Librarians (library and research assistance) are available over 100 hours a week. Windows and Apple operating system computers are available at the library as desktops or laptops that can be used on the campus WiFi network.  Additional facilities include: the Fab Lab, which offers three 3D printers and a poster printer; the Giga Lab, computing capable for running more intensive software packages such as AutoCad, ArcGIS, etc.; five A/V editing suites; and the Screening Room, a group video viewing room that seats up to 12 students.

Admission to the Library through the entrance turnstiles requires a TCU ID card.  The TCU ID card is also used to:

  • check out books, CDs, DVDs, videos and other library materials
  • borrow laptop computers from Library Services
  • print in the Information Commons computer lab
  • pay for photocopies other than cash
  • pay for refreshments from Bistro Burnett, Library’s food service

Check the Library’s website,, or call 817-257-7922 for a recorded announcement regarding the library’s operating hours.

The Library and Rees-Jones Hall contain several group study rooms of various sizes that can be reserved for up to three hours through the Library’s website ( Rooms are equipped with large wall monitors that can be controlled wirelessly from laptop computers and other portable devices.

As a TCU student you may borrow up to 50 books or Government Documents for 28 days and can renew them for 2 additional 28 day periods as needed.   Up to 10 video (DVD and VHS) items can be checked out for 7 days.  Up to 10 CDs may also be checked out for 14 days.   Audio and video listening and viewing stations are available in the library.  There is also a 14 seat screening room that can be reserved through the Library’s website (

Library materials that show up in the Library’s online catalog as held at the Library Annex can be requested for retrieval.  These items are, Sunday through Thursday, returned to the library within 24 hours and items requested Friday and Saturday made available on Monday.  Upon return an email notification is sent to you indicating the item(s) are available at Library Services and will be held for 10 days for you to pick up.   After 10 days the items will be returned to the Library Annex.     The Library’s older periodical issues have all been moved to the Library Annex.   If you require an article from a journal the article will be located and scanned as an electronic file that you will be notified by email is available for electronic pick-up.  An entire periodical issue can be requested for retrieval if you need to browse the volume.

Borrowers are responsible for keeping track of due dates and the return of materials on or before the date or time due.  For most materials the fine is $0.75 cents per day per item up to a maximum of $15.00 per item. It is possible to renew some books and materials online using the “Renew Items” link on the Library website,  Recalled items (a request for material to be returned prior to its’ due date) are to be returned within seven days from date of notice after which fines accrue at $1.00 per day.  At 22 days past due, borrowers will be charged the replacement cost for lost items not returned to the library.  Items returned after 22 days will be charged the maximum of $15.00 in late fines.  As a courtesy, the Library sends overdue or recall notices to a student’s TCU e-mail address.

Laptop borrowers are required to sign a registration and fiscal responsibility agreement, which must be renewed each term or session.  Laptop overdue fines are $15.00 per hour.

Students’ personal wireless cards must be registered with Information Technology to work with the TCU network.  You can find information on how to do this at the Information Technology website

Library materials needed for research that are not in the Library collections often may be secured through Interlibrary Loan.  This service does not generally incur costs to the borrower, but when an item exceeds $19.00 the borrower is asked to pay one-half of fees. Interlibrary Loan request forms can be found on the Library’s website (

There are areas in the Library designated as quiet zones and others where collaborative work and conversations are permitted.  Cell phone conversations are permitted only in the lobby, the vestibule and the elevator alcoves.