The Fine Arts Library is an open stack library. Materials on reserve and in special collections are available on request from the Circulation Desk.
Certain categories of materials are limited to use in the library. Periodicals, current or bound, and reference books circulate for two hours only. Materials are loaned according to policies described in the Lending and Use Code available in all public service units of the University of Texas Libraries. The Fine Arts Library has additional loan periods and policies for special materials. The Circulation Desk phone number is (512) 495-4481. If you return items late, damage items, or lose them, you will be assessed fines and/or fees.
If you would like to keep items past their due date, you can renew them either at the Circulation Desk or online. Only items with loan periods of one week or longer can be renewed online.
If you would like a book that is checked out, you can recall it either online or at the Circulation Desk. You will be notified as soon as it is available (typically within two weeks).
Books and scores may be returned at the FAL Circulation Desk, at the Circulation Desks of other University of Texas Libraries, and at external book drops. The Fine Arts Library has external drops for books and for media located at the second-floor entrance on the west side of the building. Media can also be returned at a special drop to the right of the front doors of PCL. Reserves materials must be returned to the Fine Arts Library Circulation Desk.
Lists of items on reserve are filed under instructor name and by course number in the University of Texas Library Catalog. Books and media placed on closed reserve are available for limited loan periods at the Circulation Desk. Digital reserves (known as "ERes") provide students with online access to a variety of materials, such as articles from journals, pages from books, and audiovisual materials, which have been placed on reserve by instructors for students enrolled in their courses.
Reference and Instructional Services
Reference assistance is available from trained personnel most hours the library is open. Librarians may also be consulted by appointment. For reference assistance, please inquire at the Circulation Desk or contact a subject specialist: Laura Schwartz (Art), David Hunter (Music), Beth Kerr (Theatre, Dance), Gary Lay (Audiovisual), Sydney Kilgore (Images). Tours and group instruction on research methods and the use of library materials are offered. Please consult a subject specialist for tours or instruction.
This service allows faculty to schedule specific films. The form is located here.
Study Room & Media Room Reservations
Study room reservations can be made online at the Group Study Room Reservation page.
Media/Seminar Rooms are equipped with audiovisual equipment and can be reserved at the Media/Seminar Room Reservation page.
Carrels and Doctoral Study Rooms
Located on the fifth floors of the Doty Fine Arts Building are 60 carrels and 8 doctoral study rooms which are available for assignment to graduate students for storage of personal belongings and checked-out library materials. Graduate students may secure a carrel or study room assignment by presenting a valid UT Austin ID at the Circulation Desk on or after September 10, January 5, or June 13 for the current semester. Assignments continue for a single long semester or both summer terms and can be renewed online for subsequent semesters as long as a student remains enrolled.
A total of 12 individual study rooms on the 4th and 5th floors are available to enrolled Ph.D. students. Due to the limited number of rooms, there is often a waiting list. Only students who have already advanced to candidacy for the doctoral degree are eligible for study wait list and occupancy. Studies may not be renewed beyond two calendar years from the initial assignment (i.e., total assignment cannot exceed 6 semesters — including summer as 1 semester).
Doctoral Study Rooms
A total of 12 individual study rooms on the 4th and 5th floors are available to enrolled Ph.D. students. Due to the limited number of rooms, there is often a waiting list. Only students who have already advanced to candidacy for the doctoral degree are eligible for study wait list and occupancy. Studies may not be renewed beyond two calendar years from the initial assignment (i.e., total assignment cannot exceed 6 semesters -- including summer as 1 semester).
No library material can be retained in any locker, carrel or study if it is not checked out. Uncharged materials will be removed. The Fine Arts Library assumes no responsibility for any items left in any assigned space. Checked-out material may be kept in studies, but there is no specific "study" charge. All checked out material is the responsibility of the study holder, and not of the Fine Arts Library.
Please report problems with a locker's operation to the Circulation Desk.
If an assignment of library space is not renewed, the space must be cleared of any library and personal materials by September 8, January 2, or June 10. If space is not cleared by this deadline, the following actions will be taken to prepare for the next assignee:
- Library materials will be removed, discharged and returned to the shelves.
- Personal items will be removed and sent to the UTPD Lost and Found. (471-4441)
- Lost keys will be charged at $15 each, plus a $25 processing fee.
For additional information, contact a Fine Arts Library supervisor, Fine Arts Library Circulation, DFA 3.200, 495-4481.