Hours and Information

Contact Information

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

Semester Hours

Hours for Loden-Daniel Library in the Hope Barber Shull ARC

Sunday     7:00pm - Midnight 
Monday    7:30am - Midnight 
Tuesday    7:30am - Midnight 
Wednesday    7:30am - 5:00pm & 7:00pm - Midnight 
Thursday    7:30am - Midnight 
Friday    7:30am - 5:00pm 
Saturday    12:00pm - 8:00pm 


Hours for Learning Resource Library

Sunday   7:00pm - 10:00pm* 
Monday      7:30am - 10:00pm* 
Tuesday    7:30am - 10:00pm* 
Wednesday    7:30am - 4:30pm & 7:00pm - 10:00pm* 
Thursday    7:30am - 10:00pm* 
Friday    7:30am - 4:30pm 
Saturday    Closed 


*Gardner Center doors lock at 5pm. You must use the basement entrance on the Gano side to enter after this time. Call the Learning Resource Library at 731-989-6937 if you are unable to enter the building.


Hours for Archives & Special Collections

The Historical Room, home of the University Archives and Special Collections, is available by appointment only Monday-Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm. Please email library@fhu.edu or call 731-989-6067 for inquiries.


Special Closing Dates for All Libraries:

Labor Day Weekend    September 2-4 
Thanksgiving Break    November 18-26 
Christmas Break    December 16 - January 1 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day    January 15 
Spring Break    March 24 - April 1 
Memorial Day    May 28 


Library Mission


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.


Library Locations and Collections

Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center

Loden-Daniel Library & Hope Barber Shull Library

Two libraries are located within the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center (ARC): the Loden-Daniel Library and the Hope Barber Shull Library. 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, part of the building that has been added to the west side of the Loden-Daniel Library.


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 Help Desk, where students can receive technology assistance for class assignments, are located on the first floor. During the academic year, the Hope Barber Shull Academic Resource Center is opened 90.5 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, and provides lamination, die cut, Cutout Maker, and book binding materials.

Archives & Special Collections

The Library's Archives & Special Collections share space in the ARC and on the first floor of the Old Main Administration Building in the Roland Historical Room. Old Main is located to the north of the Draughon Education Center and west of Wallace-Gano. The Archives cover over 140 years of University history and feature nearly 30,000 objects and 500 linear feet of documents. Because of the special - and very fragile - nature of many of these materials, they can only be used on-site. Space is also available for group instruction.


Using the Library

All guests are welcome in the library, 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 webpage, 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 cents 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.