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Then and Now

In 1977, a trip to the library was necessary to conduct almost all library business. Today, 25 years later, PCL still offers access to materials and services to users within the library, but visitors have a choice of venue for most transactions: in person or online.

The University of Texas Libraries has managed to expand the number of resources it provides and introduce alternative methods of access. See how we've grown:

University of Texas Libraries Then and Now

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1977 2002

stacks 4,053,715 volumes

stacks More than 8 million volumes

UT Austin Libraries ranked 9th in size in size among U. S. public university libraries. UT Austin Libraries ranks 5th in size among public university libraries in the U.S.

Database access via modem Access to online information via modem and tapes; librarian-moderated paid searches (average cost: $25 for 100 citations, no full text):


  • ERIC and Psychological Abstracts
  • Information Bank (New York Times)
  • DIALOG
  • Social Science Data File Directory
  • Reference use of OCLC
Access to online information via UT Library Online:
  • 200+ full-text databases covering all subject areas
  • 5,000 digitized maps
  • 6,700 full-text electronic journals
  • including access to over 100 million articles that are not on the public Internet
  • 47,000 electronic books
  • hundreds of online newspapers
  • government information
  • information on more than 40,000,000 books and their locations around the globe
  • online catalog providing bibliographic information on the holdings of the UT Austin libraries
Personnel: 436 FTE professional and non-professional staff (all UT Austin libraries included). Personnel: 560 FTE professional and non-professional staff (all UT Austin libraries included, along with the Public Affairs Library and the Marine Science Library in Port Aransas, plus the newly created Center for American History and its Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, John Nance Garner Museum, and Winedale units).
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Through the Internet, UT Library Online, Interlibrary Services, and electronic reference services, the collections of the world's libraries have been opened to the UT Austin community. These same services daily facilitate the sharing of our collections with research worldwide.