Collecting Area

Science Fiction

The UT Libraries Science Fiction collection has been built intentionally since the 1970s, when Harold W. Billings, the director of the Libraries from 1972-2003, personally curated and donated science fiction novels for the Perry-Castañeda Library. We continue to build the collection with: 

Latinx LGBTQ Collection

The Latinx LGBTQ Collection is a virtual resource to help researchers locate resources at the University of Texas Libraries that intersect LGBTQ studies with Latinx populations. The collection uses a virt designation added by UT Libraries catalogers to individual records. This means that you’ll see “Latinx LGBTQ Collection” listed as a “Local Note” in records included in the collection. This local note field, MARC field 590, has been used by the Libraries to designate other virtual collections including gifts to the library and the Black Queer Studies Collection.

Black Queer Studies Collection

The Black Queer Studies Collection, which is designated digitally through notes in library catalog records, features, promotes and increases the discoverability of the UT Libraries’ unique holdings in the area of African and African Diasporic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies.  

Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies 臺灣漢學資源中心

The University of Texas Libraries have partnered with the National Central Library of Taiwan to establish the first-ever Taiwan Chinese Studies Resource Center (TCSRC, renamed Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies, TRCCS) as part of its permanent collections.

The National Central Library exchanged a memorandum of understanding with the University Library on November 5, 2012, at a launch event at the Fine Arts Library at The University of Texas at Austin.

African and African Diaspora / African American Collections

The African and African Diaspora/African American collections at the University of Texas at Austin include materials in print, online, microform and other formats. Strengths of the UT Library collections include civil rights, human rights, slavery and Southern and Latin American and Caribbean history.

Middle Eastern Collections

The Middle Eastern collection of the University of Texas at Austin comprises over 128,000 items in a wide range of disciplines, including history, anthropology, and linguistics. The collection prioritizes Arabic, Persian, and Turkish, but it also has holdings in Ottoman Turkish, Azerbaijani, Kurdish, and other languages of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. The collection’s geographic focus prioritizes Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Turkey. Materials are also collected from and about North Africa, Sudan, and Afghanistan.

South Asia Collections

The South Asian collection of the University of TexasLibraries compromises material covering the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. The majority of the material in our collections was acquired through the P.L. 480 Program, and the South Asia Cooperative Acquisitions Program, both of which administrated by the Library of Congress, but there has also been significant additions through direct purchasing and gifts. We actively collect material in all formats.