University of Texas Libraries Revised Operations

Updated August 23, 2021

As The University of Texas at Austin begins the fall semester with a full reopening, the UT Libraries will relaunch and expand its operations in accordance with health and safety guidance from the university

Masks are strongly recommended (but optional) in library locations. As part of a shared effort, we encourage visitors to our physical spaces to wear a mask to help prevent community spread.

Services at a Glance


Fall 2021 

Building & Collections Access

Beginning August 17, all floors of PCL will open with access to the book stacks, areas for quiet and collaborative study and technology. Group Study Room Reservations are available beginning the first class day. Because the stacks are reopening, HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access will end.

Beginning August 23, all other Libraries locations will open with access to study spaces, technology and book stacks.

*Note: The Architecture & Planning Library and Benson Latin American Collection are closed for construction this fall.

Libraries Building and Services Hours

See fall Hours for all open locations and services.

PCL Occupancy

On August 16, the 400 person occupancy limit ended. UT IDs will be required for access between 8pm and 7am.

Check Out Materials

Beginning August 23, users may check out materials from all library locations. Current and retired University of Texas at Austin Faculty and Professional Staff may appoint up to four individuals concurrently to act as their proxies in borrowing library materials to support the faculty/staff member's library research.

Return Materials

Beginning August 23, users may return materials to all library locations, the Pickle Research Campus (PRC) book drop, or by mail.

Request a Scan

All UT and unaffiliated users, as well as other libraries, can request a scan of book chapters or articles.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan will resume normal operations, filling requests in digital and physical form.

Course Materials

Faculty may request both physical and digital course materials (formerly called reserves) for fall.

Computer Labs

Beginning August 23, computers/technology in all open UT Libraries locations will be available.

Remote Software Use

Access PC software from anywhere.

Research Help

Offered via chat, email and virtual or in-person consults


Faculty can request virtual or in-person library instruction for tailored course support. 

For additional information about revised operations for the fall semester, visit the Fall 2021 page on the Libraries Services Continuity LibGuide.

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