Library Closure: The Life Science Library will be closed this weekend, Saturday, September 18, and Sunday, September 19. 

Service Alert: Libraries' print account maintenance will occur Sunday, September 26. Users will not be able to add funds to their Libraries' print accounts from 12:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Last Updated: Friday, September 17, 2021 12:09pm

Please note: The Benson Latin American Collection
will be closed for renovations until February 2022.

UT Austin affiliates and courtesy borrowers may request circulating materials to be picked up at other UTL branches via the library catalog. UT Austin affiliates may also make appointments to view archival materials, rare books, and noncirculating items. Questions? Email us.

Benson Latin American Collection

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The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is one of the premier libraries in the world for Latin America and Latina/o Studies, proudly marking its centennial in 2021.

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About the Benson

In partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Benson is a global destination for research and study, with over a million volumes as well as a wealth of original manuscripts, photographs and various media related to Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean and Latina/Latino presence in the United States.

Our Collections

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Featured Centennial Resource – Independent Voices

As part of our efforts to make Benson materials available online, many titles from the our collection of the Chicano press are featured in the free online database, Independent Voices. You can use keywords to search by topic/name, or browse the entire collection paper by paper.

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Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Benson Latin American Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room provides access to a wide range of primary sources from and about Latin America, U.S. Latinas/Latinos, and African diaspora.

Archival collection descriptions are available in Texas Archival Resources Online
Search for rare books in the Library Catalog
Contact Benson archivists: (512) 495-4578, email
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LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives

LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives encompass an array of digital collections, collaborations, and scholarly projects, documenting the heritage of Latin American, U.S. Latinx, African Diasporic, and Indigenous American communities.

Explore our digital collections and content guide
The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)
LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship

Research Guides

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Latin American Studies

Explore resources for general and archival research in Latin American Studies

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Latina/o Studies

Explore some of the best resources for general and archival research on U.S. Latinas/os.

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