The collections at the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library at Sul Ross State University total over 232,000 cataloged books, 2,576 serial titles, 73 newspaper subscriptions, 46,000 microforms, 8,382 DVDs, videos, films, and audio recordings; 5,000 maps, pictures, and charts; 116,000 full text eBooks; 25,000 photographs and 142 electronic databases, with full text from over 85,000 journals, newspapers, and periodicals. Collection decisions are made based on the Library’s Collection Development Policy.
Electronic searching of the collections is provided by the Classic Catalog (WebCat), and the Library recently purchased Ebsco Discovery System (EDS) which makes searching for all materials much easier with a one-search box (All Library Search) on our website. Articles not available in full text and books not available in the library can be requested by the Sul Ross faculty, staff, and students through InterLibrary Loan.
Special collections include the reference, curriculum, and juvenile collections and the Van Robinson Fine Press Books Collection. In addition, the Archives of the Big Bend contains thousands of books, manuscripts, and photographs depicting life and culture in the Big Bend/Trans-Pecos region of Texas from the early 1800’s to the present.