Collections

Albert S. Cook Library’s collection includes more than 600,000 print books and over 190,000 electronic books. Students also have access to over 200 electronic databases and 40,000 electronic and print journals.

BHI Joseph Meyerhoff Collection

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

Government Documents

  • Over 100,000 online federal government documents, accessible through the library catalog and via the Government Information Topic Guide
  • Includes hearings, legislation, reports, research, maps, websites, and databases in politics, law, business, education, health sciences, the environment, and much more

Books - Call Numbers A-M

  • Cook Library’s main collection of circulating books, located on the 5th floor
  • Shelved by subject, under Library of Congress call numbers beginning A-M
  • Open stacks, intended for patron self-service
  • Most books may be checked out by TU and USMAI library users

Books - Call Numbers N-Z

  • Cook Library’s main collection of circulating books, located on the 4th floor
  • Shelved by subject, under Library of Congress call numbers beginning N-Z
  • Open stacks, intended for patron self-service
  • Most books may be checked out by TU and USMAI library users

Journals, Bound - Call Numbers A-M

  • Bound back issues of journals and other periodicals, located on the 5th floor
  • Interfiled with books and shelved under Library of Congress call numbers 
  • Open stacks, intended for patron self-service
  • Non-circulating; for in-library use only

Journals, Bound - Call Numbers N-Z

  • Back issues of journals and other periodicals, located on the 4th floor
  • Interfiled with books and shelved under Library of Congress call numbers
  • Open stacks, intended for patron self-service
  • Non-circulating; for in-library use only

Journals, Unbound

  • The latest issues of the journals and other periodicals that Cook Library subscribes to in print
  • Shelved alphabetically by title in the Periodicals Room, 2nd floor 
  • Non-circulating; for in-library use only

Children's Collection

  • 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
  • Most juvenile books may be checked out by TU and USMAI library users

Legacy Collection

  • 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
  • Most Legacy Collection books may be checked out by TU and USMAI library users

Leisure Reading Collection

  • Constantly changing, titles are refreshed every month
  • Includes both fiction and non-fiction
  • May be checked out only by TU students, staff and faculty

Media

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

Microfilm/Microfiche

  • Non-circulating; for in-library use only

Newspapers

  • Non-circulating; for in-library use only

Reference

  • Encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, statistical manuals, and bibliographies
  • Non-circulating; for in-library use only

Reserves

  • Closed stacks – ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk
  • Intended to supplement course materials
  • Available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Have short loan periods and are typically restricted to in-library use

Special Collections & University Archives (Floor 5)

  • Special Collections includes original materials related to Jewish Studies, World War II, history of education in Maryland, and the performing arts.
  • The University Archives is the institutional memory of TU from 1866 to present, including official records, photographs, artifacts, university publications (ex. yearbooks, Towerlight, etc.), and material related to students, faculty, staff, and alumni.