Before Jarrett Library was built the campus library was housed in the back section of H.D. Bruce. You can still see traces of the library from the outside as you look at the vaulted windows which allowed light into the main reading room. The small narrow staircases inside the building are the remains of the stacks area which was three levels of bookshelves and housed the circulating collection. Prior to this building the library was housed in one end of Marshall Hall on the second floor.
The current library building is named after Mamye Jarrett, a longtime resident of Garrison, Texas, who gave generously toward the construction of the current building. Jarrett Library was opened in 1979.
The library has three main public sections - The Heritage Room which is an open study area that doubles as a classroom and meeting room for the library. It is also used at times for large university-sponsored events of an academic nature. Just off the Heritage Room is the vault which holds the library archives and special collections. An office houses the Library Director. Some soft seating is also available in the room.
A second section is the Heritage Court, which is the soft-seating area located in the central section of the library near the picture windows. This area also houses two study tables, and several computers, as well as display areas. A prominent fixture is the silver-toned statue of tern-like birds entitled "Searching". This statue once stood in the courtyard & garden of the Southwest Life Building in Dallas. Around 2003 it was bought by an ETBU benefactor who generously donated it to the school and it has been housed in the library ever since.
The third section is the main part of the library and houses the circulating collection, the reference collection, periodicals, and the children's and young adult literature collections. A few years ago a control room and office was demolished which opened up a large area to make room for all of the circulating collection, some of which was formerly housed in the Heritage Room.
Future renovation plans include include new carpeting over the entire library as well as new wall treatments. In addition to the renovation the library will be reorganized by moving the entire circulating collection into the main area as well as all audiovisual materials owned by the library. (Recordings and videos housed in Bennett Music Lab will remain in that location.) The collections will be arranged into learning communities and will bring together circulating and reference books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials into those areas. Each area will be color-coded (note the colored label protectors already added to many books) to more easily locate your section. The 12 sections will be (1) Generalities/Library Science (white); (2) Religion/Philosophy (red); (3) Behavioral Sciences (purple); (4) History & Political Science & related fields (blue); (5) Business (orange); (6) Education (light blue); (7) Fine & Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, Art) (pink); (8) Communications (yellow); (9) Languages & Literature (gray); (10) Kinesiology & related fields (light green); (11) Chemistry & Math (and other "hard sciences) (light purple); and (12) Life & Medical Sciences (Biology, Agriculture, Medicine, Nursing). Many of these fields will overlap with others - such as Kinesiology & the Life/Medical Sciences so the arrangement will be one that should make it easy to do multidisciplinary work as well as more specialized work in the field of your choice.
The Library is part of the campus master plan which was completed in 2009. At some point in the future the library will be "flipped" - in other words, the back of the library will become the front entrance, and vice versa. An addition is also in the works which will square off the building, giving several thousand more feet of space.