The University Libraries houses collections in all subject areas and in many formats. Hodges Library, dedicated in 1987, stands directly across from the English Department offices and provides study and research space for graduate students and faculty. Digital technologies make an even greater number of volumes available to library patrons. Online databases such as Early English Books Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online and others open new opportunities for research and scholarship. The department also dedicates considerable funds to purchase requested materials that support faculty and graduate student research.
Special Collections, contains rare books and manuscripts. Among the collections of special interest to English students are the Bruce Collection of Arthurian Materials, an extensive run of English periodicals, the John C. Hodges Congreve Collection, and a fine library of eighteenth-century criticism, fiction, and travel literature.
There also is a large and varied collection of materials related to American history and literature, notably of early American novels and the papers of Presidents Jackson, Polk, and Andrew Johnson.