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Library Collections

First Floor

The reference collection consists of print and online resources that are mainly consulted for finding specific information. Items from this collection cannot be checked out, but are used in the library only.

Donated by esteemed faculty member Joe Brown, the Joe Brown Theater Collection consists of books specifically curated for the field of theater arts. It serves as a valuable resource for research on scenes and design within the realm of theater.

The Game Collection is comprised of board, card, and other types of games for audiences from elementary up to adult. The collection is displayed on the back wall on the first floor.

  • Game boxes should be taken to the circulation desk for checkout -- maximum of 5 games at one time.  
  • Patrons are also welcome to play the games in the library (1st and 2nd floors only).

The Makers Lab Collection is comprised of different kinds of tools, equipment, and technology for all ages.  The collection is located on back wall of the first floor next to the Test Prep collection and the Game collection.  All kits and items are available for 2 day checkout periods for home use, or they can be used in the library.  Browse the collection, then take the kit/item box to the Circulation desk to checkout.  

Some of the items available are:

  • Yeti Ultimate USB Microphone
  • Occulus GO All-In-One VR headset
  • MakeyMakey kit
  • littleBits KORG Synth kit
  • littleBits Education STEAM Student Set kit
  • Electronic Snap Circuits

Second Floor

Periodicals consist of journals, newspapers, magazines, indexes, and abstracts. Those periodicals held in print and microform formats are available on the second floor, and cannot be checked out from the library. 

The Adkinson-Lynton Comic Collection is our newest collection, the bulk of which was generously donated by Dr. Cary D. Adkinson and Dr. Eddy J. Lynton.  It is comprised of a variety of comic titles from publishers such as DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, and many more.  The collection also includes a selection of pop culture DVD/Blu-ray videos, as well as action figures, props, and other comic and pop culture realia for display. 

It is located in room 217 on the second floor. This collection is not available for checkout or digitally, so please visit the West Library to access it.  

Third Floor

The general collection is the main library book collection, which includes material that reflects degree programs on campus and popular reading.

The collection consists of books and teaching resources representative of a K-12 library. The collection is mainly used by the School of Education students, but the collection is available to the entire Texas Wesleyan community. The books are available for checkout with regular checkout privileges.

The Twyla Miranda Juvenile Collection is comprised of children's and young adult books, donated by Dr. Twyla Miranda. Dr. Miranda was a dedicated, respected and master teacher in the Texas Wesleyan School of Education for nearly 30 years. She passionately taught graduate and undergraduate reading and education courses, with a dedicated focus on student success and improving the lives of youth through reading and education.

The sheet music can be found in the M section of the General Collection. It includes a variety of compositions, such as popular sheet music, instrumental and vocal pieces, scores, and parts. The collection spans works published from 1900 to 2016 and features compositions by artists from various eras.

Special Collections include rare books, manuscripts, papers, clothing, and other items that are of unique value and importance to the study of material culture, history, literature, and other subjects. Special Collections are also housed with the University Archives.

Some of our special collections include but are not limited to:

  • Rare Book Collection
  • Bobby Bragan Collection 
  • H. Howard Hughes Performing Arts Collection 
  • Mason Johnson Theatre Collection
  • George Anson Collection
  • Mary Apple Collection
  • Clair Ossian Egyptology Library
  • Lisenby Shakespeare Collection
  • University Permanent Art Collection

The Rare Book Collection comprises approximately 4,400 printed volumes with publication dates ranging from the early 1500s to 2018. The collection covers a variety of subjects with primary strengths in:

  • American History
  • Classic and Contemporary Literature
  • Education
  • Hispanic Literature
  • Fort Worth and Texas History
  • Juvenile Literature
  • Methodism and Religion
  • Music Manuscripts
  • Performing and Visual Arts

The Rare Book Collection is housed with Special Collections & University Archives.

All titles in the Rare Book Collection are non-circulating.

The University Archives contains records documenting all aspects of Texas Wesleyan University from its founding in 1890 to present. The Archives preserves and makes available an assortment of materials including original documents, photographs, newspapers, yearbooks, and artifacts. These materials document the history and legacy of the University and the surrounding Polytechnic Heights community. 

The University Archives is housed with Special Collections.

New materials are added to the Archives through the transfer of records from University departments and the acquisition of select items from donors.