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Library Services

Southwestern Adventist University is committed to serving students equally on or off campus. We can help you study and succeed in many ways.

Online Resources

Books at a Distance

  • Read our E-books online.
  • Get books mailed to you. E-mail with a list of the library books you want and we will mail them to you (continental US only). Students usually have four weeks to return items, from the date we mail them out.
  • It can be faster to pick up books in person. Find print books in the library catalog and call the library front desk at (817) 202-6242 or e-mail to request that they be held for you.  We will hold books for a maximum of one week.

Using Other Libraries

  • If you live in Texas, we can issue you a TexShare card so you can walk into most Texas libraries and borrow from them directly. Check the TexShare website for a list of participating institutions.
  • You can also request books from other libraries. The book will be sent to SWAU and we will hold it for you to come in and pick it up. Please make requests early to allow time for the book to arrive and for you to make the trip..

Come to the Library

If you live near campus, take advantage of the library's convenient hours and study spaces for quiet study and group work. Desktop computers on the first floor, a computer classroom, laptops, tablets, wireless Internet connection, scanners, and photocopiers are also available. See our floor plans to pick the best areas for study.

Study by Yourself or in Groups

  • We are open longer than anywhere else on campus -- see our hours in the navigation bar.
  • We have group study rooms and areas for quiet study.
  • Printing, desktop computers, laptops for in-library use, and wireless are all available

Find Resources

  • Our first-floor reference section is great for starting research
  • Thousands of books take you deeper.
  • Online articles fill in the details. You can read, print, or save them in the library
  • Anything your professor put on reserve is behind the front desk. Just ask for them!

Get Help


  • Use your University ID card to check out books, videos, and other items at the front desk. Most items can be borrowed for three weeks, but check our loan policies for details.
  • Request materials from other libraries. Please make requests a month or so before you need them!
  • Get a TexShare card at the front desk to go to other Texas libraries and borrow directly from them.

The Chan Shun Centennial library is your portal to resources for research and teaching. Please contact your library liaison if you need help with the following tasks or anything else.

Use the Facility

The library has spaces where you can research, teach, and hold meetings. A computer classroom, laptops, tablets, wireless Internet connection and photocopiers are also available. See the sidebar for our convenient hours, or  our floor plans to locate the best place for your intended use of the facility. Contact the front desk if you need to reserve a study room for office hours, individual study, or other uses.

The library classroom can be reserved for instructional use or presentations -- email

The Chet Edwards conference room on the second floor can be reserved through the University's calendar system.

Find Resources for Teaching and Research

Search the Library Catalog for books and videos in the collection and see the floor plans to find them in the building. We also subscribe to journals and databases so you can have access to the best content both in print and electronically. Ask a librarian if you need help locating sources or managing references.

Preview, Request and Reserve Resources

We welcome your input in building the collection and improving library services. You can recommend a purchase, make a suggestion, or place materials on reserve to make sure they remain in the building for your students.

Instruction and Support for Your Students

Please contact your library liaison to request library support for courses you teach. We can prepare in-class presentations or video tutorials to help your students find, evaluate and use resources relevant to a particular course or project. You can also send your students to the library for one-on-one support in any of their courses.

Borrow Books, and Other Materials

Faculty and staff have full borrowing privileges. Just show your ID card at the front desk to check out materials. You can check materials out till the end of the semester.You can also request materials from other libraries.  We can issue you a TexShare card to borrow directly from other Texas libraries.

Chan Shun Centennial Library welcomes community users. The library's study and recreational materials are chosen for adults but include some books and videos for children as well. The services below are available to all our guests. We especially welcome local pastors, teachers, and Southwestern alumni.

Read, Research, and Meet

  • We have spaces to read both by yourself and with others, free wireless access, and areas to access the Internet and appreciate art. Library books and magazines can be used freely within the library.
  • Small meeting rooms are available if not in use by students.
  • Scanning is free, whether to e-mail or your thumb drive.
  • We are not currently providing printing services to community patrons.
  • See our floor plans to find the best place for your needs.

Borrowing Books and Other Items

  • Library cards let you check out books and videos. You can also check out laptops for use in the library.
  • Our community patrons policy gives rules and fees.
  • Print out our community card application, fill it out, and bring it to the front desk along with a photo ID.
  • Call the front desk at 817-202-6242 to renew (once) books you have borrowed.

Find and Research

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