Library Departments


Archives of the Big Bend

The Archives of the Big Bend collects, preserves, arranges and makes available the university archive, manuscript collections, books, photographs and other research resources which pertain to the area west of the Pecos River and east of present-day El Paso County in Texas as well as related areas of northern Mexico.

Public Services

Public Services librarians and staff members manage and maintain print and electronic reference resources, the circulating book collection, publications from the agencies of the State of Texas, periodicals, the juvenile collections and maps. Reference librarians assist patrons with locating information, planning research strategies and using the online catalog and electronic resources. They also teach library research skills, conduct tours of the facilities and write research aids. Circulation Desk staff manage and circulate reserve materials and circulating books. Interlibrary Loan staff obtains materials that the library does not own for Sul Ross students, faculty and staff.

Technical Services

Technical Services is responsible for identifying, acquiring, cataloging and processing materials for the collections of the library and Archives of the Big Bend. Other functions include creating and maintaining records in the library's electronic catalog; repairing or withdrawing torn/damaged materials; binding journals; receiving and acknowledging gifts and donations; and assisting faculty with the selection and purchase of appropriate materials.