The Center for Big Bend Studies has a specialized library centered mainly on the various fields of anthropology and its related subjects, such as history, geology, geography and sociology, among others. While it concentrates on the geographical areas of the Texas Trans-Pecos and northern Mexico, the library contains many volumes of research from virtually every continent.

The research library of J. Charles and Ellen A. Kelley forms the foundation of the CBBS library, donated to the Center by Ellen A. Kelley in January 2000. Containing some 4,000 volumes it concentrates mainly on archaeology, with significant holdings in social anthropology, ethnology, physical anthropology and linguistics, as well as rare, out of print volumes.

With the addition of the Jack Hedrick library, James A. Neely library, and the Leslie Davis library, the holdings of the CBBS form an impressive research facility.

Our holdings are available to qualified students and researchers and are listed on Webcat, the SRSU library catalog.

The CBBS library also has an extensive reprint file of anthropological and archaeological articles from leading journals and a collection of topographical maps of the Trans-Pecos region and northern Mexico.