Hours and Information

Contact Information




Mailing Address

Freed-Hardeman University

FHU Library 

158 E. Main Street 

Henderson, TN 38340

Library Hours

Library in the Hope Barber Shull ARC



7:30am - 12:00am 



7:30am - 12:00am



7:30am - 5:30pm, 7:00pm - 12:00am



7:30am - 12:00am 



7:30am - 5:00pm 



12:00pm - 8:00pm



2:00pm - 12:00am


Learning Resource Library



7:30am - 10:00pm 



7:30am - 10:00pm 



7:30am - 4:30pm, 7:00pm - 10:00pm



7:30am - 10:00pm 



7:30am - 4:30pm 






7:00pm - 10:00pm


Hours for Archives & Special Collections

The University Archives and Special Collections, located on the 2nd floor of the ARC, 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:

Independence Day


July 5

Labor Day  

September 6

Thanksgiving Break 


November 21 - 29

Christmas Break 


December 19 - January 3 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 


January 16 - 17

Spring Break 


March 20 - 27

Memorial Day 


May 31


University Mission

The mission of Freed-Hardeman University is to help students develop their God-given talents for His glory by empowering them with an education that integrates Christian faith, scholarship and service.


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

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.

Archives & Special Collections

The library's Archives & Special Collections is housed on the second floor of the ARC. The archives cover over 140 years of FHU 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.


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 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.