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The Mae Hilty Memorial Library

The academic heart of Texas Chiropractic College is the Mae Hilty Memorial Library. Located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center, the library offers students—as well as the chiropractic community at large—a wealth of learning resources to augment and support the TCC curriculum.

Click here to access the Library's EOS online catalog system.


In addition to wireless Internet access, the library provides a number of resources to patrons, including:

  • Reference materials, interlibrary loans, bibliographic instruction, and circulation
  • Chiropractic, medical, basic science, and other scientific journals and books
  • Multimedia and audiovisual materials
  • Online periodical databases including PubMed, MANTIS, the Index to Chiropractic Literature, among others
  • Six study rooms available for private or group study
  • A computer lab with 46 fully loaded workstations offering Internet access, word processing, document scanning, and other software applications

For currently enrolled TCC students, as well as faculty and staff, many of the library's electronic databases are now available off-campus... learn more.

The library employs three professional librarians and two paraprofessionals to answer questions, assist in locating information, explain the use of library tools, aid in research, and provide interlibrary loans.

Circulation Services

Borrowing periods for TCC library materials are as follows:
General books: Two weeks, one renewal
Reserve books: Overnight or library use only
Reference books: Library use only
Journals: Library use only
Special Collections: Library use only

Patrons will be charged a fine for any item returned after the designated due date.

General books: $0.10 per day, per item
Reserve books: $0.50 per hour, per item after 9 a.m. or $10 per subsequent day, per item.

The borrower must pay for any materials that are lost or irreparably damaged.


Library hours are:
7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays
7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays
12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays

The library is closed on Saturdays. Extended hours are posted during exam periods.

Contact the Library

We encourage you to contact the Mae Hilty Memorial Library at the following numbers:

Main Desk: (281) 998-6049
Reference: (281) 998-6052
Director: (281) 998-6095
Fax: (281) 487-4168


Mae Hilty Memorial Library—Collections

Students at Texas Chiropractic College have access to a number of different library collections to support and enhance their learning experience. Each of these collections have slightly different parameters for patron access and borrowing privileges.


The library maintains an Online Public Access Catalog, or OPAC, to help locate library materials. The library’s OPAC uses the EOS software. Audiovisual materials, journals, and books are all listed in the EOS catalog. Students may access the catalog via the Internet.

General Collection (Main Shelves)

The majority of TCC’s books belong to the General Collection. These resources cover a wide range of biomedical subjects, including preclinical sciences, general medicine, alternative therapies, and allied health.

This is an open-shelf, circulating collection arranged according to the National Library of Medicine classification system. Chiropractic books are marked with a yellow “Chiropractic” label.

Reserve Collection

This collection consists of current classroom textbooks and class notes placed on limited circulation by instructors. Because these materials are crucial to everyone’s studies, the library strives to balance fair access to availability and security. Some items may circulate overnight but must be returned by 9 a.m. the following day. All other items in this collection are restricted to library use only.

Reference Collection

Materials in this collection include periodical indexes, abstracts, dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, and source books. These resources are all for library use only.

Special Collections

Items having historical value to the College are housed in the Special Collections. Some of the formats found here are books, photographs, portraits, and manuscripts.

Audiovisual Collection

The library maintains a collection of approximately 1,000 audiovisual titles, including videotapes and DVDs, CDs, slides, and anatomical models to complement the curriculum and individual studies. Some AV materials may be borrowed overnight; others are for library use only.

Periodicals Collection

Current issues of journals are shelved alphabetically by title in the main reading area. Back issues are bound and arranged by title on the shelves just beyond the current periodicals. A list of print holdings is available in the reference area. The Periodicals Collection is restricted to library use only.

The library also subscribes to numerous online journals that may be accessed via the off-site database collecations.

The Mae Hilty Memorial Library History

Click here to access the Library's EOS online catalog system.

The Mae Hilty Memorial Library was founded in 1953, by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Texas Chiropractic Association. The library was named to honor Mae Fivecoat Hilty, a chiropractor’s wife who gave her life saving a nephew from drowning. With Mae Hilty as an inspiration, the library continued to grow and, in 1982, moved to its current location in TCC’s Learning Resource Center.

The TCC library exists to support the scholarship of students and faculty and to assist in providing information to the chiropractic community at large. Toward this aim, the library offers a variety of services to its patrons and collects books, journals, and audiovisual materials in the disciplines of chiropractic, basic science, medicine, and clinical techniques. The Library also provides facilities for group and individual study, computer use, and photocopying.

The Mae Hilty Memorial Library—Visitor Memberships

At Texas Chiropractic College, we take great pride in serving as an educational resource for the local community as well as medical professionals.

Through our Friends of the Library program, TCC alumni, field professionals, and the general public may access our resources and check out up to three books at a time (subject to TCC’s circulation and fine rules).

The cost to join the program is $50 per year. For further information or to join Friends of the Library, contact the Director of Library Services at (281) 998-6095.