Southwestern Libraries are among the largest theological libraries in the world.  Southwestern Seminary provides a superb research resources with over 1.2
million items. In addition, there over half a million e-books and a hundred premium, online databases.  Roberts Library, constructed in 1982, is a 90,000 square foot  facility that serves all seminary constituencies. The Bowld Music Library constructed in 1992  with 30,000 square feet, serves the School of Church Music and Worship

Texting/Chatting Services:

All students are welcome to live chat with library staff. The chat box is available on the library webpage as well as other databases. Students may also text library staff at 817-659-1158.


A student may encounter a need to request library material from other libraries. Our Inter Library Loan service is able to request both books and articles from other libraries. Students may request books to be sent to them from WorldCat or MOBIUS. Students may go to this link to learn more about requesting books by clicking here.  

Distance Services:

Students who are at a distance may request that books be mailed to them by sending an email to In addition, students near a MOBIUS library may use and request books at that location. In addition, students at a distance may use libraries that are either in the Association of Christian Librarians Reciprocal or the American Theological Library Association reciprocal borrowing programs. Students can learn more about distance services and libraries they can use by clicking here.

Printing and Copying:

Students may print in black/white and color in the Computer Lab. In addition, they may also use the various black and white and color copiers. SWBTS Libraries uses a program called Papercut for printing. Click here for more information on the Computer Lab.  Students who are needing print jobs that need to be done on cardstock, cotton paper, or a size larger than 8 1/2 by 11 may use the Copy Center. To learn more about the Copy Center, click here. The Copy Center can do other services such as laminating, cutting, and binding.

Special Collections:

The J.T. and Zelma Luther Special Collections, located on the second floor of Roberts Library, holds special collections and rare books. Students may take advantage of access to  unique books for their study and research. Comfortable study space is provided for  users in the Robert A. Baker Reading Room. 

Seminary Hill Bookstore:

Seminary Hill Bookstore provides for all your textbooks needs by partnering with an online provider who offers textbooks new, used, rental, eBook, and marketplace through third party sellers. We also carry limited textbooks in the campus store, as well as, a variety of other helpful resources for your course studies. The bookstore also does special order of items that are not in stock.  Be sure to show your school spirit by taking advantage of our selection of Texas Baptist College and SWBTS apparel and other branded items. The store also provides information on graduation items.  Click here to learn more about the Seminary Hill Bookstore.

Bowld Library:

The Kathryn Sullivan Bowld Music Library, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has provided valuable research materials for faculty, students and visiting patrons. Acknowledged as one of the largest music libraries on a seminary campus, it houses almost 16,000 recordings in various formats, approximately 40,000 books, and over 230,000 scores. These materials are used to meet the needs of students studying church music, but contain resources for the study of almost any branch of music. As a church music library, its substantial collection of more than 10,000 hymnals is often considered the most valuable resource for patrons, with significant emphases on 16th- and 17th-century psalters, English and American hymnody, and modern hymnals from around the world. Several distinct hymn-related collections are notable.