SERVICE ALERT: A construction project on the entry level of the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) will result in occasional noise that could impact user experience. Consider floors 3, 4, and 6 as alternative quiet study options, and for collaborative study areas, please use floor 5. Earplugs are available at the PCL desk upon request. 

Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2023 11:33am

Perry-Castañeda Library

The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) is The University of Texas at Austin's flagship research library serving both campus communities and the greater public, and featuring resources in all subject fields with the strongest holdings in the humanities, social sciences, business and education.

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Featured Research Guides

Copyright crash course research guide

Copyright Crash Course

Explore certain areas of copyright law individually or as a group

Dissertations, theses and reports guide

Find Dissertations, Theses, and Reports

Guide to finding dissertations, theses and reports from UT Austin.

Business research guide

Business Research Center

Find company, industry and market research resources.

Newspaper and news guide

Finding News and News Evaluation

Navigate print and electronic news related resources available to you through UT Libraries and beyond.

PCL Guided Tour

Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) Self-Guided Tour

Take the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure UT Libraries Self-Gudied Tour

Featured Spaces

PCL Scholars Commons

Scholars Commons

Includes the Data Lab, presentation practice rooms, silent study space, and the Graduate Landing Spot.

Media Lab

Learning Commons

Includes a media lab with 44 Mac computers, Learning Labs, and the University Writing Center.

Collaborative Commons

Collaborative Commons

Collaborative, group working space on the 5th floor of the PCL.

STEM learning spaces

STEM Learning Spaces

A collaborative learning environment where students can go and get help in the core STEM courses.

Coffee at the PCL

Prufrock's Coffee Shop

Order Peet’s Coffee beverages and quick food options on the ground floor of the Perry-Castañeda Library. Prufrock’s offers hot and cold drink options, pastries and grab and go selections.

Our Collections

PCL Map Collection

PCL Map Collection

A collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. This collection consists of atlases, travel guides, gazetteers and many types of maps, including United States Geological Survey (USGS), navigational charts, International (World) maps, travel maps and items included in the U.S. Depository Library program.

UT Poetry Center

UT Poetry Center

The UT Poetry Center — home to the Ruth Stephan Poetry Collection — is a diverse collection of poetry unique to the University of Texas Libraries.

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies

Taiwanese Resource Center for Chinese Studies

The Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies serves as a platform to promote and share Taiwan and China studies with the faculty, scholars and students of the university.

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