Albert S. Cook Library’s collection includes more than 600,000 books, and 190,000+ electronic books. Students also have access to over 250 electronic databases and approximately 40,000 electronic and print journals.

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Baltimore Hebrew Institute Judaic Collection - 2nd floor

A specialized collection of Jewish studies that includes material on:

  • The Bible and archaeology
  • Jewish history, rabbinics
  • Jewish philosophy, political science, sociology
  • Jewish education, language and literature and the arts

Federal Depository Library Collection

  • Over 53,000 documents in the library catalog, available electronically.
  • Accessible to Towson students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public, through the library catalog and the Government Information Subject Gateway .
  • Includes hearings, legislation, reports, research, maps, websites, and databases in politics, law, business, education, health sciences, the environment, and much more

Juvenile Book Collection - 4th floor

  • A collection of about 15,000 books
  • Divided into the categories of fiction, short stories, non-fiction and biography
  • Shelved according to the Dewey Decimal System

Legacy Collection - 4th Floor, CK411

  • Available for checkout - ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk
  • Represents Towson's educational growth from a small teacher-training school into a thriving four-year university
  • Also represents the history of public education in Maryland

Leisure Reading Collection - 2nd Floor

  • Constantly changing, titles are refreshed every month.
  • Includes both fiction and non-fiction.
  • Exclusively for Towson University students, staff and faculty.

Media Collection

  • A collection of audio and video materials
  • Students must view video materials in Cook Library
  • Phonograph records and CDs can be checked out or used in Cook Library

Read more about the Media Collection

Periodicals - 2nd, 4th, and 5th floors

  • Subscriptions to over 250 electronic databases and over 40,000 electronic and print journals
  • Microfilm and microfiche
  • Microform readers/printers
  • Provide access to a wide range of subjects, opinions, research and current events, and include scholarly, professional journals, and popular magazines
  • A staffed service desk is available for assistance
  • For use in the library only
  • Unbound periodicals are located on the second floor

Reference - 3rd floor, along windows

  • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, statistical manuals, and bibliographies
  • For use in the library

Reserves - 3rd floor, ask at Circulation Desk

  • Closed stacks (not open-access and self-serve)
  • Intended to supplement course materials
  • Physical format and electronic format (e-reserves)
  • Physical reserves are available for limited time and typically restricted to in-library use
  • E-reserves are online and allow multiple users at one time

Log in to E-reserves

Special Collections & Archives - 5th floor

  • Special Collection of the history of the University from 1866 to present
  • Repository for non-current official University Records
  • Repository for records of student organizations, alumni activities, and university publications
  • Large collection of photographs and other memorabilia
  • Named collections, including the Joan Jacobson Dance Collection and the David A. Sherbow Popular Music Collection

Special Collections & Archives website

Stacks - 4th and 5th floors

  • Main collection of books
  • Bound periodicals
  • Open-access and self-serve