Tours, Presentations, Research Seminars
The Benson Latin American Collection provides tours and class presentations to interested individuals and groups by appointment. Additionally, several library orientations/tours are offered at the beginning of the fall semester. Contact us to schedule a tour or presentation or to inquire about upcoming orientations. For general library classes, you can also check the Library Classes offered through the University of Texas Libraries.
The Information Desk at the Benson Latin American Collection is staffed during the fall and spring semesters from 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday with some limited hours from 6:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday. On weekends the Desk is staffed on Saturday from 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. and on Sunday from 2:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.
Reference assistance may also be requested via email.
Students, faculty and staff of the University of Texas at Austin may borrow materials using their UT identification card. Visitors not affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin may use materials in the library and may wish to consult the following page for information about borrowing library materials. Visitors may request materials be held at the Circulation Desk for five days.
Duplication Services and Policies
Photocopy machines are available in the Benson Collection on the first and fourth floors as well as in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room. Copiers only accept UT Libraries copy cards. There is a vending machine for copy cards located on the first floor of the library, next to the circulation desk. Copies are thirteen cents per page. An overhead scanner and a flatbed scanner are available in the main reading room for general use.
Generally, digital photography is allowed in the Benson Collection. However, no flash is allowed and please turn off all camera noises so as not to disturb other patrons. In the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room, please request permission from staff before photocopying or photographing any material, as special copyright or preservation restrictions may apply.
No scanning is allowed in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room due to considerations of preservation and intellectual property rights.
In some instances we are able to provide duplication services upon request. See our fee schedule for charges associated with these services.
Benson Study Commons
The Benson Study Commons is located on the second floor of the Collection (SRH 1.206). This study space is outfitted with wired tables, large windows with expansive views of the oaks and campus, and pictures from the Tony Gleaton photography exhibition (Tengo Casi 500 Años: Africa’s Legacy in Mexico, Central & South America). This is a quiet study space, please respect those around you and keep noise to a minimum. As with the main reading room on the ground floor, drinks with a secure lid are welcome, but no food please. There is a student book exchange on the shelves in the corner to the left of the entrance. Feel free to browse the books, take on that you would like to read, and leave a book if you have any you are done with.
The Benson Latin American Collection Seminar Room (SRH 1.115) is available for group study and classroom instruction sessions. The room has seating for eighteen people around the conference table and additional chairs can be provided for larger groups. There are two blackboards in the room as well as wireless and ethernet access. While the Seminar Room is usually available it is recommended that the room be reserved in advance by calling the Benson Collection main office at (512) 495-4520.