About the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is one of the premier libraries in the world focused on Latin America and Latin@ Studies. In partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Benson Collection is a regular destination for visitors from throughout the world. Founded in 1926 and named, in 1975, to honor its director of three decades, the library excels in humanities and social sciences disciplines, in addition to an array of scientific and professional literature published in Latin America.
The library’s holdings include nearly a million books, magazines, newspapers, journals and other materials. This collection is complemented by a world-class archival collection containing manuscripts, art, maps, letters and other one-of-a-kind materials. The collection is continually enriched by a vigorous acquisitions program and by a growing collection of original digital resources available online.
Situated on the east side of the UT campus, the Benson Collection is a frequent destination for Austin’s Latino community. A variety of conferences, art exhibitions, lectures and the annual ¡A Viva Voz! soirée provide a lively program of events.
We work closely with numerous departments and units on campus, notably the Center for Mexican American Studies, whose mission intersects with our collections and public programming.
Since 2011, the Benson Collection and LLILAS have been engaged in a collaborative venture that represents a new approach to globalized higher education. Read more about this transformative initiative, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections.