John B. Coleman Library

The John B. Coleman Library, a five-story building constructed in 1988, holds over 380,000 volumes, including over 800 print periodicals. The Library has access to several thousand electronic journals and online resources, many of which are full-text.
The Library serves as a partial Federal Document Depository and holds close to 2,000 government documents with electronic access to many additional titles. The Library is a member of TexShare (A Statewide Cooperative), which provide “access” to resources at other neighboring institutions, both online and through reciprocal on-site borrowing privileges.
Information is provided at several public service points in the Library, including the General Information Desk, the Reference Desk, the Circulation Desk, the Periodicals Room, and the Government Documents Center, which are all located on the first floor. The Periodicals Service Center houses periodicals, reports, and newspapers in hard copy and microform. The Reference Department provides library orientation, information literacy instruction and research assistance for students, faculty and community patrons. Reserve materials, and audio-visual media and equipment are available at the Circulation Desk. Interlibrary loan service is available in the Circulation Department for obtaining materials not held by Prairie View A&M University.
The library provides “wireless services” throughout the building, is fully automated with computer terminals available for public use and access to the Internet, and a fully integrated library technology system to support all library operations and technical services. Online access to the library collection is available through the Voyager Online Public Access Catalog. The Library subscribes to close to 100 online databases that provide access to over 70,000 research articles that are available campus-wide and from off-campus locations.
The Special Collections Department on the 5th floor houses a number of unique collections, including the University Archives, and a rare book collection. The Delco Exhibit and an African American Art Collection are displayed in the 4th floor Art Exhibit Space. The Library provides Distance Library Services for students who attend classes at the following any distant learning sites: Houston Nursing Center, located in the Houston Medical Center; the Northwest Houston Graduate Center, Spring, Texas
The John B. Coleman Library also houses the following essential student services: A Tutorial Center sponsored by University College; a Computer Lab operated by the IT Division; and the Jazzman Coffee-shop, operated by campus food services.
For a full description of Library Resources and Services, see the John B. Coleman Library web-site at
LIBRARY – PVAMU New Catalog – Updated: Fall 2010


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