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Dick Smith Library Collections

The library offers collections that support research, coursework, professional development, and personal interests. These collections hold nearly one million items in a variety of formats: books, e-books, journals, newspapers, videos, audio books, CDs, DVDs, etc. Brief descriptions of the collections with links to additional information follow.

  • Lower Level - Audiovisual, Curriculum, and Limited & Local History Collections
  • Main Level - Periodicals and Reference
  • Upper Level - General Stacks (books available for checkout)
  • Online - Cross Timbers Historic Images, Databases, E-books, E-Journals, and Library Catalog

Lower Level   (Floor Plan)

picture of audiovisual itemsAudiovisual Collection
DVDs, VHS, CDs, cassettes, slides, records, and audio books, plus listening/viewing equipment and stations.
Curriculum Collection
Lesson plan materials and workbooks, children's and adolescent literature, and Texas state-adopted textbooks (pre-K to 12), plus agriculture services and development materials.
Limited & Local Collections info
Manuscripts, photographs, art works, rare books, and Tarleton State University historical records.

Main Level   (Floor Plan)

picture of Periodicals areaPeriodicals Collection
Current and past issues of journals, magazines, trade publications, and newspapers.
Reference Collection
Almanacs, subject encyclopedias and dictionaries, legal resources, periodical indexes, style guides, and literary criticism resources.

Upper Level   (Floor Plan)

picture of General Stacks areaGeneral Stacks
Houses most of the library's books that can be checked out. Offers a wide range of subjects and includes fiction and non-fiction.

Items are shelved using the Library of Congress Classification system.


picture of school childrenCross Timbers Historic Images Project
A collection of 19th and 20th century historic images from the Cross Timbers area of Central Texas.
Offer access to articles, reviews, online reference books, and research reports. Require Tarleton NTNET login.
List of sources for electronic books. Many of the sources offer publicly-available books; some require Tarleton NTNET Login.ebook
Library Catalog
Search tool for locating items in Tarleton Libraries' collections: books (print, electronic, and audio), media, periodicals, and more. Search catalog.
Stenholm Papers
Legislative papers for former Congressman Charles Stenholm