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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Where are the books in the Life Science Library?

The books are in the "stacks," which are behind the Service Desk in the lobby. Look for the two "Exit" signs on either side of the lobby. Go through either one, and follow the yellow stripe on the floor to get back to the stacks. There are 3 stack levels and the books are in call number order.

Life Science Library Stacks Guide:

2. What do the letters QR (or RC or SB) stand for?

They're part of the Library of Congress (LC) call number system, and correspond to different subjects. Subclass QR stands for the subject Microbiology, RC stands for Internal Medicine, SB stands for Plant Culture.

Every book in the library has a unique call number on its spine, composed of letters and numbers. The call number is its address on the shelf. Two examples of call numbers: QH 91 S95 2012 and SB 611 Z57 2011.

3. Can you tell me what I have checked out/overdue?

You can see what you have checked out and overdue by going to the library catalog page and choosing "Renew & My Account " on the upper right-hand side. After entering your UT EID and password, you will see the items checked out to you.

4. I don't have my UTID, but can I still check out that Reserve book?

No. We try to be as flexible as possible, but that is one rule we really don't bend. You have to have a valid UTID for any checkout. We can't accept your old ID your room mate's ID, or the number without the physical ID. You must have a valid UTID for any checkout.

For more information about UT IDs and Borrowing:

5. Can I get a copy of my instructor's old tests? You're supposed to have them on file...

We do not generally keep tests on file. In some cases, instructors choose to send us copies of their old exams to put on reserve. Unless your instructor has done so, we will not have any old exams available for check out.

For more information on finding Reserves:

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