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About the Library

Guests, Library Access, Library Use


HCU is a privately-funded university. Moody Library serves the research, teaching, and scholarly activities of Houston Christian University students, faculty, and staff. Please note the following:


Updated: 20240112

  • HCU is a private university and the general public may not use the facilities. We recommend the Walter Branch of the Houston Public Library system if you need a place to study. They are located at the corner of Clarewood and Fondren. Go north on Fondren. Clarewood is the next stoplight after Bellaire.
  • TexShare users are welcome with their current ID card.
  • TexShare users may check out up to a maximum of four items at any one time. Late fees must be resolved before additional items may be checked out.
  • TexShare users may not bring children.
  • Study rooms are only available for HCU student study groups. 


Student Use and Expectations

  • Raucous studying is more appropriate for the learning commons on the first floor. Students and patrons are expected to have quieter conversations and study groups. See the note below about student conduct in the Student Handbook.  
  • Guest computers and printing services are not available.
  • HCU faculty, staff, and students may bring children if necessary, however, they need to be supervised.
  • The Library reserves the right to refuse to grant access or borrowing privileges to any person who fails to observe library policies and regulations.
  • The 2022-2023 HCU Student Handbook says, "In a community environment, the right to participate in or enjoy a particular activity ends when that activity or by-product infringes on the rights of others, particularly their right to sleep, study, or spend time in a peaceful setting. It expected that students be aware of how their actions may be affecting others and maintain reasonable noise levels 24 hours a day" (p.102). On this basis, patrons should expect quieter conversations in the talking areas on the second floor, including respectful use of cell phones. All cell phones should be placed on vibrate or quiet mode.
  • Checking out library materials requires a valid HCU ID, TexShare card, or alumni identification.
  • All materials must be checked out 15 minutes before closing time.
  • The Ragland Reading Room (behind the glass doors) on the second floor is designated as a quiet study area. Conversation is not allowed.
  • Food and drink are permitted in the library; however, please be respectful and clean up afterward.

Library Purpose

Given HCU's central confession that "Jesus Christ is Lord," William L. Moody Library seeks to help all students by endowing them with critical research skills with a high degree of satisfaction so their current research can springboard and become “useful vessels” to empower their future organizations, their lives, and to honor Christ (II Timothy 2:21-22; Isaiah 64:8; Colossians 1:9-15).

Library Mission Statement

The mission of William L, Moody Library is to provide the information resources, services, and physical spaces that support the educational and research mission of Houston Christian University, encourage learning, and promote spiritual and intellectual growth.