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Library Hours and Information

Library Hours

Hope Barber Shull ARC Library

Monday 8:00am – 12:00am
Tuesday 8:00am – 12:00am
Wednesday 8:00am – 5:30pm, 7:00pm – 12:00am
Thursday 8:00am – 12:00am
Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Sunday  2:00pm – 12:00am

Learning Resource Library

Monday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Tuesday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am – 4:30pm, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday 11:00am – 10:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Contact Info


Email: library@fhu.edu

Mailing Address:

Freed-Hardeman University
FHU Library
158 E. Main Street
Henderson, TN 38340


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Special Closing Dates for All Libraries:

Independence Day July 4
Labor Day September 5
Thanksgiving Break November 19 – 26
Christmas Break December 17 – January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 15 – 16
Spring Break March 19 – 26
Memorial Day May 30


The Library’s mission is to foster Christian community and scholarship among university students, faculty, and staff by providing academic resources and learning opportunities in a nurturing environment.


Helping students become learners who will change the world for the glory of God.


Our response to customer needs will be fast, friendly, and thorough.

We honor our word & our commitments to customers and honor God by doing business in an honest, open manner.

We work together as a team in the library & work with faculty & staff to enrich & improve the overall FHU experience.

We do quality work with standards of excellence & professionalism.

We continue to learn & educate ourselves in order to stay current, fresh, and innovative.

We want customers to feel at home in the library & will do what we can to make customers comfortable and welcome.

Our customer’s priorities are our priorities. We take seriously our role as a support team for FHU academic programs.

Online, on-site: We ensure that our resources, staff, & services are accessible to customers whenever & wherever they need them.


Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center


Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center

Two libraries are located within the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center (ARC): the Loden-Daniel Library and the Hope Barber Shull Library. The facility as a whole offers 49,500 square feet of space devoted to a variety of academic resources and services. The Loden-Daniel Library is the two-story portion of the ARC that is located on the east side. The Loden-Daniel Library was built in 1973 and named in 1974 in honor of the parents of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Loden III. The Loden-Daniel Library was built as an addition to the former Lawhorn Library, which was built in 1956, and named in honor of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Lawhorn of Temple, Texas. The Hope Barber Shull Library is the three-story, 29,000 square foot, portion of the building that was added to the west side of the Loden-Daniel Library and opened in February 2016.

The ARC provides reading and study areas, wireless Internet access, group study rooms, and a quiet room. Print and copy rooms are located on the first and second floors. The university’s archives, Reading Room, and print stacks are located on the second floor, and the Learning Commons and coffee shop are located on the first floor. During the academic year, the ARC is opened 92 hours per week.

Learning Resource Library

The Learning Resource Library (LRL) is located on the ground floor of the Gardner Center in Room G11, across from the Graduate Education Office. The LRL provides access to over 16,000 juvenile books, education periodicals, textbooks, and teaching kits. It sells many items for the classroom, such as bulletin board paper, borders, and poster boards; it also provides lamination, die cut, Cutout Maker, and book binding materials.

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All guests are welcome in the libraries, whether you are a student or employee of Freed-Hardeman or not. However, what you can check out and how long you can keep it varies for different library groups. Those specifics are covered on the library’s Policies web page, as well as how to get a library card if you aren’t currently affiliated with the University.

The ARC has printers and copiers that provide both color and black and white printouts; these machines are strictly self-service. The cost is $1.00 for color prints and $.10 for standard prints. These costs can be deducted from current students’ $50-per-semester printing balance. Please note that you are responsible for all copies made, even those made in error.

InterLibrary Loans

If we don’t have an article or book you need, we will try to get it from another library so you can use it. This service is only available to current students, faculty, and staff at FHU.

Processing / Postage: There is a $1 processing charge for each article and a $3 processing and postage charge for each book, usually applied to your student account.

Extra Fee: Sometimes, the lending library charges a fee to let other schools use their materials. When you submit your form, you can specify whether you are willing to pay such a fee ONLY IF IT IS REQUIRED and the limit you’re willing to pay. For instance, if you really needed a book, you might say you are willing to pay $5 if the lending library required it. Even if you say you are willing to pay a certain amount, we always try to find the material for free first! Only if we can’t locate it do we get the loan from a library that asks for a fee. Most of the loans we get do not charge a fee.

Up to 5 requests can be made in a 24 hr period. This can be a combination of book and article requests (e.g., 3 articles & 2 books). If there are more than 5 items needed, you can submit the surplus requests on the following day.

Articles tend to take a couple of workdays; they are usually faxed or emailed so they arrive quickly.
Books take anywhere from a few days to two weeks; we get interlibrary loans filled from libraries all over the nation and the world.
For every interlibrary loan, always request it early in case it ends up taking a few weeks to arrive.

You will receive an email or call from Karen Hobbs, our Interlibrary Loan Librarian, who will tell you when it arrives. After that, stop by the front desk at the main library and ask for your interlibrary loan. Under special circumstances, an article could be emailed to you instead, although normally articles and books are picked up from the library. Then bring it back to the main library and give it to any of the librarians or library staff on duty.

Book InterLibrary Loan

Article InterLibrary Loan

Copyright Disclaimer:
Title 17 of the U.S. Code regarding the copyright law of the United States allows for “fair use” of copied materials from libraries for “private study, scholarship, or research” only. The FHU library respects the copyright law and reserves the right to limit loans as deemed necessary.

Memphis Site Delivery

Everyone enrolled at FHU’s off-campus instructional site in Memphis has complete borrowing privileges at the Henderson site as well! If you cannot make it to Henderson to check out or return books, you can use our delivery service to have items delivered to you.

To request that a book be sent to you at no charge, please fill out a Memphis Delivery form and expect a few days of travel for your books to arrive. Your books can be picked up from and returned to the Bucy Center receptionist, Sandra Hudley. As long as they are returned to your instructional site by the due date, the items will not be overdue.

If you’re enrolled at FHU’s Memphis site, you can return items to your site. Just return them to the Memphis receptionist, Sandra Hudley. As long as they are returned to your site by the due date, they won’t be overdue.

Note: You also have the option to check out things in person at the Henderson site and then return them to the Memphis site or vice-versa. At this time, only books from the general collection are eligible for delivery.

We also have a scan & email service for print materials. For example, if you need a small portion of a book (e.g., a chapter or two), we can scan the pages and email them to you – often within 24 hours! See the Scan and Email form for details.