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6. Libraries and Other Academic Resources

The University Libraries

The libraries of the University, one of the largest academic libraries in North America, include the University of Texas Libraries, the Center for American History, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and the Jamail Center for Legal Research: Tarlton Law Library. The libraries are open and information services are available to the University community and to visitors, including students and faculty members from other institutions.

The University of Texas Libraries

The University Libraries Web site offers a range of services and resources. Each year this site is visited more than a billion times by information seekers around the world.

Online Services

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Online Resources

Users may access millions of pages of specially licensed scholarly information, including the full text of articles and illustrations from thousands of journals and the full text of about eighty thousand books in electronic format. They may search hundreds of indexes and view the world's largest and most heavily used online map collection.

Subject specialists are responsible for developing the extensive collections that make up the University Libraries. Users who have questions about resources or need research assistance are encouraged to consult one of the subject specialists.


UTopia is the online knowledge gateway to the libraries, museums, galleries, and laboratories of the University. Managed by the University Libraries, it is designed to make the University's knowledge, research, and resources available to the general public. UTopia presents the research of faculty members to general audiences through online articles, presentations, lessons, and discussions. New resources, many of them of interest to school-age children, teachers, and parents, are added every week.

On-site Services and Resources

The University of Texas Libraries has twelve separate libraries on the Austin campus and one at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas. Each offers a range of services and specialized resources.

Library classes and tours. The University Libraries offers a variety of classes on how to use the library catalog and how to access and evaluate information, as well as advanced classes covering databases and other electronic and on-site materials in specific subject areas. Virtual and on-site tours are also offered.

Information and research help. Staff members are available in all libraries to help users find information.

Computing facilities. Computing facilities available to UT Austin students, faculty members, and staff members are located in all libraries. The Perry-Castañeda Library, the Flawn Academic Center, and the science libraries offer the largest number of available workstations.

Laptops are available for checkout at the Perry-Castañeda Library, the Fine Arts Library, and the Flawn Academic Center. Laptop checkout is available to all University students, faculty members, and staff members; a current UT ID is required. Ethernet laptop connections are available to those with UT EIDs in the Perry-Castañeda Library, the Flawn Academic Center, and the Engineering Library.

UTNet Wireless Access is available to students, faculty members, and staff members throughout the Flawn Academic Center and the Chemistry, Engineering, Fine Arts, Physics Mathematics Astronomy, Public Affairs, and Law Libraries, and in selected areas of the Architecture and Planning, Fine Arts, Geology, Life Science, and Perry-Castañeda Libraries and the Ransom Center.

Student Microcomputer Facility (SMF). The Student Microcomputer Facility, located in the Flawn Academic Center, is the largest microcomputer facility on the campus, with more than two hundred workstations. All computers have Internet access and are equipped with an extensive selection of word processing, spreadsheet, layout, graphics, mathematical, and statistical software. The SMF also has laser printers, color printers, and scanners. The Multimedia Computer Facility in Flawn Academic Center is also available to University students, faculty members, and staff members.

Copying and printing facilities. Photocopiers and computer printers in the libraries require a copy card. Users may purchase new copy cards from card dispensers located in campus libraries or from Library Copier Services in the Perry-Castañeda Library. The dispensers can also be used to add value to the copy cards. They accept $1, $5, $10, and $20 bills to add value to current cards, but only $1 bills for the purchase of new cards. Most dispensers accept credit cards. They do not accept debit cards and do not make change.

Individual and group study areas. All libraries offer individual study spaces. Many also offer group study rooms, designated collaborative study areas, or closed studies or carrels.

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Perry-Castañeda Library. This six-level open stack library contains more than three million volumes, computers for public use, a coffee shop, and enclosed studies as well as group study areas.

This main library of the University serves most subject areas, with emphasis on the humanities, the social sciences, business, education, nursing, social work, and European, East European, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hebraic, and Judaic studies. Special materials include United States and United Nations official documents, current journals, and newspapers. Reference and information help is provided in the lobby area. Library users are also encouraged to make appointments with subject specialists in their areas to discuss information needs. A list of subject specialists, with contact information and office locations, is available online. Service units in the library include Circulation and Reserves Services, Courtesy Borrower Services, Library Copier Services, and Interlibrary Services. The Office of the Vice Provost and Director of the University Libraries and the University Libraries administrative staff are also housed in the Perry-Castañeda Library.

Flawn Academic Center. The Flawn Academic Center (FAC) is a state-of-the-art technology and collaboration facility offering flexible study spaces, multimedia services, and sophisticated computer labs that support the academic and research goals of the entire campus community.

Audio Visual Library. The Audio Visual Library, located on the third floor of the Flawn Academic Center, offers documentary and feature films, including popular movies, foreign films, Academy Award winners, film festival winners, and more for checkout or to view in a nearby viewing room or carrel. UT Austin students, faculty and staff members, and courtesy borrowers may also check out digital cameras, camcorders, and boom boxes for three days. Cassette players may be checked out for use in the listening carrels.

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. The Benson Collection, an internationally recognized resource for research in Latin American studies and United States Latino studies, provides access to materials on Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Hispanic presence in the United States. The Benson Collection also contains holdings related to areas of the United States that were part of the Spanish Empire or Mexico, and to the United States-Mexico borderlands. A comprehensive collecting policy includes all of Latin America, with special focus on Mexico, Brazil, and the countries of the Río de la Plata. Current publications and essential retrospective materials are collected from all parts of the world, in any language, and dating from the fifteenth century to the present. The Benson Collection contains more than a million volumes of books, journals, and pamphlets, in addition to extensive collections of manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, microfilm, and recordings.

The Mexican American Library Program at the Benson Collection was created in 1974 to strengthen and develop Mexican American and Latino materials and research sources. Resources include archives, photographs, printed and audiovisual materials, and online databases documenting the cultural, economic, and political impact of the Latino presence in the United States.

Science libraries. Including the Mallet Chemistry Library, the McKinney Engineering Library, the Walter Geology Library, the Life Science Library, and the Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library, these libraries offer access to the Science-Technology-Electronic Information Center located in the McKinney Engineering Library. An additional library, the Marine Science Library, is located at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas.

Fine arts and architecture libraries. The Fine Arts Library, located in the Doty Fine Arts Building, contains collections that support learning and research in art, music, theatre, and dance. The collections include a variety of formats, including books, journals, musical scores, plays, CDs, and DVDs. Learning and research in architecture, interior design, urban planning, landscape architecture, and related disciplines are supported by the Architecture and Planning Library and, within it, the extensive collection of architectural drawings and other records in the Alexander Architectural Archive.

Other units. Other units of the University Libraries include the Classics Library and the Edie and Lew Wasserman Public Affairs Library, located in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. The Collections Deposit Library is a limited-access facility that houses a number of specialized collections.

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