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Picture of the front entrance of the John B. Coleman Library


The John B. Coleman Library mission is to enhance the scholarly pursuit of knowledge, to foster intellectual curiosity, and to promote life-long learning and research through our innovative services, resources, and cultural programs, which support the Prairie View A&M University’s global mission of teaching, service, and research.

~ Our Mission ~

PRAIRIE VIEW A&M UNIVERSITY: JOHN B. COLEMAN LIBRARY- Services for Students: Undergraduate and Graduate

About the John B. Coleman Library

John B. Coleman Library (homepage)

John B. Coleman Library Hours

Librarian Faculty and Student Liaison Units

Request a Library Research Instruction Class

Quick Facts (John B.Coleman Library)

History of the John B. Coleman Library 

Prairie View A&M University: Legacy and History Videos

Online and Print Researching: Materials

Library Live Chat Service

John B. Coleman Online Catalog (find the call numbers to books)

Library LibGuides (Subject area resource guides)

EBSCOhost- Search All databases (Online articles- journals, magazines, newspapers...)

A to Z Database List (Online: journals, magazines , books, newspapers, conference reports)

e-Journal Portal (Online access to Journal, Magazine and Newspaper titles)

Electronic Reserves and Course Reserves (Circulation Department)

InterLibrary Loan (Access to get library materials from other libraries)

Research Tools (Style Guides, RefWorks, Writing Lab)

World Cat | Area Libraries (Online Catalog of the world)

TexShare Online Application (Roving library card for access to public libraries in Texas)

RefWorks (Citation management)

Use credit card to pay for library fines

Ask a Librarian 

Access from Home 

Help with Database Access

Library of Congress Classification System: Call Numbers



PVAMU Library Departments and Area Libraries

Library Administration

Circulation Services

Special Collections & Archives

Reference & Information Services

Technical Services

Northwest Houston Center Library

Dr. Robert A. Henry Music Library

College of Nursing Library


John B. Coleman Library: Notes

  1. Interlibrary Loan – Books and articles that the Coleman Library orders from another library may be picked and dropped off at the Circulation Desk 1st Floor.
  2. Jazzman’s Café is located just left of the Circulation Desk – 1st Floor
  3. Lost and Found is located at the Circulation Desk – 1st Floor
  4. Photocopiers/Printer/Scanners are located in the Periodicals and Reference Departments – 1st floor
  5. Reference Desk is on the 1st floor to answer your research and reference questions. You may e-mail questions to or call (936) 261-1535.
  6. Electronic Reserves – You may put items for your class on Reserve. Circulation Desk – 1st Floor
  7. Library Public Events Room 108 is located on the 1st Floor after the Jazzman's Cafe on the left-side


Selected List of Popular John B. Coleman Library Online Databases

Articles: magazines, newspapers, journals


Databases A to Z List

  •  Database: ProQuest
  • Database: Heritage Quest
  • Database: SAGE
  • Database: EBSCOhost/EDS Discovery
  • Database: NewsBank
  • Database: Statbank
  • Database: Alexandra Street Music
  • Database: ScienceDirect
  • Database: African American Studies Center
  • Database: ProQuest Digital Dissertations and Theses 
  • Database: eBooks- ProQuest and EBSCOhost 
  • Database: Grove Music Online
  • Database: JSTOR
  • Database: Lexis Nexis
  • Database: NBC Learn
  • Database: Project Muse
  • Database: Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • Database: Gale
  • Database: Mental Measurement Yearbook
  • Database: Taylor & Francis Online Journals
  • Database: Engineering and Business and Chemistry
  • Database: Agriculture and Sociology, Psychology, Social work
  • Database: Juvenile Justice 
  • Database: Credo Reference: encyclopedia
  • Database: Credo Reference: Mind Map
  • Database: Kanopy psychological and counseling full length videos 

JBC Library: Reference and Information Services Resources

Research Tools – Writing a research paper can be challenging. With the right tools and resources, the process can be less complicated.  The resources below have been developed to help improve the process.  Contact the Reference Librarians for further assistance or help.
Schedule Research Instruction Session A Reference and Information Librarian can come to your department, classroom or office and present information on a specific research topic, resource, or provide an overview of library services.
Ask-a-Librarian Ask a reference question 24/7 from anywhere in the world. There is usually a 24-48 hour turnaround time on answers.
Department Policies

RefWorks – RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.

Style Guides Print out short tip sheets for APA, MLA and others. For detailed instruction, contact the Reference Desk.

John B. Coleman Library: Off Campus Access

Off Campus Access

Help –  Ask a Librarian

For questions related to the use of library resources, please contact John B. Coleman Library Reference Department, X1535 (936-261-1535).

The following instructions pertain how to gain access from off campus.

All Faculty, Staff and Students are required to enter your network ID and network password to access the Library’s electronic resources from off campus.

Your network ID is the first part of your Prairie View A&M University e-mail address (your network ID is the part before the @ on your e-mail address) and your password is your e-mail password.

Example:   or

In this example, “jbcoleman” would be the network ID.

If your do not know your email account, please contact Help Desk at (936) 261-2525 or Toll free (877) 241-1752 for assistance.

Go to Information and Technology Services for account details.

Library Research Instruction Survey


Please help us determine how successful the John B. Coleman Library is in meeting your information needs by filling out the brief survey above (Reference Instruction Survey). If you have any further questions or concerns about the Library, please contact the Library Administration at (936) 261-1500 or by e-mail at

Please help us determine how successful the John B. Coleman Library is in meeting your information needs by filling out the brief survey below. If you have any further questions or concerns about the Library, please contact the Library Administration at (936) 261-1500 or by e-mail at

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RI Survey QR Code

John B. Coleman Library
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 519, MS 1040, Prairie View, Texas 77446
Physical Address: L.W. Minor St. / University Drive, Prairie View, Texas 77446
Reference: (936) 261-1535, Circulation: (936) 261-1542

Library Hours