Checking Out Library Materials
Materials in the Chemistry Library usually circulate according to the same policies in force throughout the Libraries. Remember that you must present a valid UT ID card or Courtesy Borrower Card to check out any materials from the library. See the Borrower Services
page for more information on the basics on loan periods, holds and recalls, fines, etc. .
These are the materials for which there are special loan policies in the Chemistry Library:
- Reserves Books
- Most reserve books can be checked out for two hours. Two-hour books may be checked out overnight one hour before closing time. Overnight items are due one hour after opening the next day. Reserves items may be renewed at the desk IF another copy is available at the time. Reserves materials can't be renewed via the Library Catalog. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR ID WITH YOU!
- New Book Shelf
- New books added to the circulating collection generally remain on the New Book Shelf for a month before moving to the regular stacks. Items on the New Book Shelf can be checked out for 14 days and should not be renewed.
- Bound volumes and unbound journal issues may be checked out for two hours or until closing, whichever is sooner. Overnight checkout is not permitted.
- Storage Materials
- Over 21,000 volumes from the Chemistry Library's collection are currently housed in the Library Storage Facility (LSF) on the Pickle Research Campus. These are mostly older, ceased, or foreign-language journals, and older, infrequently used books.
Article Scanning Service: If you want an article scanned from a journal (or a paper from a conference) kept in the Library Storage Facility, go to the Article Delivery Request Form and enter the article and volume information there, along with the item's call number from the Catalog. Only current faculty, staff, and students can use this free service.
Physical Retrieval: UT-affiliated patrons may request retrieval of individual items in the Library Catalog (click the "Request" button); or by filling out a request card at the circulation desk. Non-affiliated patrons can request storage items for in-library use via the paper card, or phone or email the Chemistry Library in advance. Turnaround time is 2 business days and can't be rushed. When the item arrives it will be held for you and you'll get an email alert. Storage books circulate like normal books; journal volumes from storage may be checked out for 3 days or copied in-house. Fragile items are restricted to in-library use.
- Microfilm reels and microfiche may be checked out for copying in another library, since Chemistry does not have a microform printer. If checking out fiche, remember to take the whole envelope, not just the sheet you want. Microform printers are located in Engineering and PCL.
- Reference and Spectra Collections
- Books from the Reference or Spectra Collections are non-circulating, but may be checked out for a brief period with the permission of the librarian.
- Calculators and rulers are available for two-hour checkout at the desk. We also have some small molecular model kits.