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Ann Hartness Reading Room

Type of Space: Exhibition Space, Study Space Location: Benson Latin American Collection

The Ann Hartness Reading Room, named in recognition of Hartness’s 38-year career and tenure as head librarian of the Benson, is on the main (first) floor of the Benson Latin American Collection in SRH 1. The all-access room includes the main Benson service desk, PC workstations, a library catalog computer, public printer, microfilm reader, flatbed scanner, overhead book scanner, and an exhibition space.

Architecture and Planning Library Service Desk

Type of Space: Service Point Location: Architecture and Planning Library

The Architecture and Planning Library front desk is located on the second floor of Battle Hall at the top of the grand staircase. It is centrally located to the stacks, reading room, and computer stations. Patrons can receive research help, directional assistance, and general guidance from staff at this location.

Battle Hall Reading Room at the APL

Battle Hall Reading Room

Type of Space: Exhibition Space, Study Space Location: Architecture and Planning Library

The Reading Room is a large, all-access space available for study in historic Battle Hall. It features natural light, large and small tables and abundant seating. Located in the Battle Hall Reading Room is an exhibition gallery that features rotating exhibitions year round. For more information about current exhibitions, see our exhibitions page.

Benson Closed Studies

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Benson Latin American Collection

Carrels are enclosed desks available at the Benson Latin American Collection for Latin American Studies graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars. These carrels are assigned on a semester basis.

library patron being assisted at a service desk

Benson Latin American Collection Library Service Desk

Type of Space: Exhibition Space, Service Point Location: Benson Latin American Collection

The main Benson service desk is located within The Ann Hartness Reading Room on the first floor of the Benson Latin American Collection, SRH 1. The all-access room includes PC workstations, a library catalog computer, public printer, microfilm reader, flatbed scanner, overhead book scanner, and an exhibition space.

Borrower Services

Type of Space: Service Point Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Library staff in Borrower Services can assist UT students, faculty, staff, and Official Visitors with questions regarding their accounts, and assist visitors to campus with access to library computers and collections in storage.

Public assistance is available at the PCL Desk, found near the entrance of the PCL (Floor 2)

Courtesy Borrower Services is located within Borrower Services. During posted hours, Courtesy Borrower Services can assist Texas residents with obtaining borrowing privileges for the UT Libraries.

Please feel free to email us: circserv@lib.utexas.edu

By Phone:

Student, Faculty, and Staff Hotline (512) 495-4300 
Courtesy Borrower, Alumni, and UT Retiree Hotline (512) 495-4305

Classics Library Service Desk

Type of Space: Service Point Location: Classics Library

The Classics Library service desk located on the ground floor of Waggener Hall includes a Research Help & Check Out Desk, PC workstation, and library catalog computer.

Collaborative Commons space at the PCL

Collaborative Commons

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The Collaborative Commons is a group working space with comfortable seating, whiteboards, movable furniture, Airmedia, and plenty of outlets.  It is a conversation-friendly space.

Collaborative Seating Area (Geology)

Type of Space: Collaborative Seating Area Location: Geology Library

Six long tables. Area total seating capacity 36, plus small conference table with six-seat capacity. Whiteboards.

Collaborative Seating Area (PMA)

Type of Space: Collaborative Seating Area, Study Space Location: Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library

Four person tables with natural light for collaboration and study.

Student in front of a computer in a nicely bulb lit room

Computer Workstations at the Architecture and Planning Library

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Architecture and Planning Library Wheelchair accessible Computer Stations available

Computer workstations at the Architecture and Planning Library.

Student in front of a Dell computer

Computer Workstations at the Benson

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Benson Latin American Collection Wheelchair accessible Computer Stations available

Computer workstations at the Benson Latin American Collection. 

Computer Workstations at the Classics Library

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Classics Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

Computer workstations at the Classics Library.

Computer Workstations at the Engineering Library

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Engineering Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)
wide shot view of the Fine Arts Library interior

Computer Workstations at the Fine Arts Library

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Fine Arts Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

8 PCs and 4 Macs; a 27" Cintiq is available for Library Use Only checkout; 3 Viewing Stations with DVD players; one VHS player and one Blu-ray player.

Computer Workstations at the Life Science Library

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Life Science Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)
Students in front of a row of computers

Computer Workstations at the Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library Wheelchair accessible Computer Stations available

Computer workstations at the Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library. 

Row of desks at the Geology Library computer workstation

Computer Workstations at the Walter Geology Library

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Geology Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

Conference Room (Benson)

Location: Benson Latin American Collection (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

The Benson Latin American Collection's Conference Room often hosts events about U.S. Latinas/Latinos or Latin America.

Student wearing headphones in front of a computer

Data Lab (in Scholars Commons)

Type of Space: Computer Lab Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

Located in Scholars Commons, the Data Lab has 8 iMacs. Software programs specific to this lab include Stata MP, NVivo, and OpenRefine. This lab is open to all current staff, faculty, and students.

If you are interested in bringing a class to the Data Lab please contact us at scholarscommons@austin.utexas.edu.

Note: Proctorio and other remote proctoring test software is not available on Libraries computers and private spaces are not available for proctored test taking.  

The image is of the Scholar's Lab. It shows eight tables with three computers at each table. The tables are facing the front wall of the lab, where there are two large screens.

Data Lab (in the Scholars Lab)

Type of Space: Computer Lab Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

The Data Lab may be requested by faculty/instructors for courses related to Digital Scholarship and/or data. The lab includes 32 iMacs, and specific software programs available are Stata MP, NVivo, and OpenRefine. To reserve a room, please view the policy and request form.

Engineering Library Service Desk

Type of Space: Service Point Location: Engineering Library Wheelchair accessible Computer Stations available

The service desk at the Engineering Library is on the 1st floor of the Engineering and Education Research Center (EER) and includes a Research Help & Check Out Desk, PC workstations, a quick print station, a library catalog computer, and an overhead book scanner.  The Engineering Library is wheelchair accessible. 

Person evaluating a printed booklet

Exhibition Gallery

Type of Space: Exhibition Space Location: Benson Latin American Collection

The Benson Latin American Collection's second floor exhibition gallery features rotating exhibitions year round. For more information about current exhibitions, see our exhibitions page.

hallway showing framed works

Exhibition Hallway

Type of Space: Exhibition Space Location: Benson Latin American Collection

The Benson Latin American Collection's first floor exhibition hallway features rotating exhibitions year round. For more information about current exhibitions, see our exhibitions page.

student at a study carrell, looking up at the camera and smiling

Fine Arts Library Carrels

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Fine Arts Library

The Fine Arts Library carrel space is a mix of reservable desks and reservable shelves located on level 5 of the library. Carrels are checked out on a semester basis and are renewable. The first week of classes priority checkout access is given to graduate students. After the first week of classes any undergraduate or graduate student can reserve a space. Visit the Fine Arts Library desk to request a carrel or shelf.

Student working at a table with a window view

Fine Arts Stacks Seating

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Fine Arts Library

Open seating and study tables in the library stacks, which are available for quiet, individual study.

computer station with macs and large monitors

Foundry Mac Pro Workstations

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Fine Arts Library Wheelchair accessible Computer Stations available

4 Mac studio Apple M1 Max 32 GB and 2 Mac Mini Apple M2 Pros 32 GB, each with two 27" screens with software for video and audio post-production, 3D modeling, and Adobe Creative Cloud. Uses: Gaming, film, multimedia production.”

Variety of 3-D printers on a row of desks

Foundry Makerspace

Type of Space: Makerspace Location: Fine Arts Library

Space with 3D printers, mills, a laser cutter, a large format printer, and a fiber arts lab with embroidery and sewing machines.

Gathering of individuals in front of a large wall-sized video screen

Foundry Video Wall

Type of Space: Makerspace, Presentation Space Location: Fine Arts Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

This state of the art video wall is intended for special projects, demonstrations, and presentations. Seating room limit of 70 chairs. To reserve contact Teri Lloyd, tlloyd@austin.utexas.edu

Geology Lobby

Type of Space: Service Point Location: Geology Library

The lobby of the Geology Library includes a Research Help & Check Out Desk, PC workstations, library catalog computer, an overhead book scanner, a map scanner, and color and black & white printers.

Three students conversing on couches

Graduate Landing Spot

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Located at the far end of the Scholars Commons and accessible by UT ID cards, the Graduate Landing Spot offers a kitchenette, lounge areas and media-equipped, reservable meeting rooms for UT graduate students. These rooms may be used for group study and meetings with other graduate students, and consultations with UT Libraries staff. 

Greek Room

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Classics Library

Small room in the Library stacks, with study carrel for quiet, individual learning. Greek Authors are located here.

Group Study Room

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library

Enclosed room offers a conference table plus four lounge chairs for collaboration and studying. The PMA Library's New Books and Current Journal collections are located in this space.

Latin Room

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Classics Library

Small room in the Library stacks with table and lounge chair for quiet, individual learning. Latin Authors are featured in this space.

students sitting in ergonomic chairs

Learning Lab 1 A/B

Type of Space: Classroom, Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Learning Lab 1 has 96 seats (this room can be split into sides A and B, each with 48 seats) and 8 projector screens. All PCL Learning Labs are open as study space when not in use as a classroom. View Classroom Use Policy and Request Form

 
students working in a glassed-in room with a green back wall

Learning Lab 2

Type of Space: Classroom, Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Learning Lab 2 has 36 seats and 6 flat screen TVs (with Airmedia). All PCL Learning Labs are open as study space when not in use as a classroom. View Classroom Use Policy and Request Form

student facing a computer in room with a blue-colored back wall

Learning Lab 3

Type of Space: Classroom, Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Learning Lab 3 has 36 seats and 6 flat screen TVs (with Airmedia). All PCL Learning Labs are open as study space when not in use as a classroom. View Classroom Use Policy and Request Form

 
Two instructors in front of a blue-painted wall

Learning Lab 4

Type of Space: Classroom, Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Learning Lab 4 has 36 seats and 6 flat screen TVs (with Airmedia). All PCL Learning Labs are open as study space when not in use as a classroom. View Classroom Use Policy and Request Form

 
four rows of desks with students working, against a green back wall

Lebermann Media Lab

Type of Space: Computer Lab Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

The Lebermann Media Lab provides hardware and software to create audio, video, still and 3D animation projects, flatbed scanners, a microform reader/scanner and the Assistive Technology station. Students, faculty and staff can use the equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. View Use Policy and Request form for course use.

For help using Media Lab software, sign in to LinkedIn Learning using the institutional login option. 

Note: Proctorio and other remote proctoring test software is not available on Libraries computers and private spaces are not available for proctored test taking.

Life Science Library Service Desk

Type of Space: Service Point Location: Life Science Library

The Life Science Library lobby located on the second floor of Main Room 220 includes a Research Help & Check Out Desk, quick print stations, and overhead book scanners.

Lobby Exhibit Case

Type of Space: Exhibition Space Location: Fine Arts Library

The exhibit cases outside the Fine Arts Library feature a rotation of temporary exhibitions. For more information on current exhibitions, see our exhibitions page.

numerous steel flat files, drawers open, containing maps from around the world

Map Study Area

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Geology Library

The Tobin Map Collection Room has a large table with open seating for collaborative study, a drafting table and a light table suitable for viewing large format flat maps. Whiteboards.

specialized computer workstation for assistive use

PCL Assistive Technology Workstation

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area Location: Perry Castañeda Library

A workstation with assistive technology equipment is available for use in the 2nd floor Media Lab. This area features a wheelchair accessible workstation.

Another assistive technology suite is located in the PCL on the 4th floor in 4.104

exhibition of book materials in a glass case

PCL Exhibits

Type of Space: Exhibition Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Exhibit Guidelines | Exhibit Proposal Form | Past Exhibits

Exhibits in the PCL provide an excellent opportunity for the Libraries to engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, especially with graduate students, faculty members and others in the University community. These exhibits enable collaborators to share, inform, educate, and promote UT Libraries' collections and services). Exhibits have a permanent presence in our online repository, Texas ScholarWorks.

The goals of the Exhibits in the PCL are to: 

  • Infuse concepts of community, connection, equity and accessibility
  • Promote the diverse holdings and scholarly value of specific Library collections
  • Promote the role of the Libraries, its collections, resources, services, and staff as central to the research and teaching programs of the University
  • Encourage individuals from the University community to collaborate with the Libraries to showcase research and scholarship
  • Support university events, programs, symposia, activities, and accomplishments
  • Promote University and community relations

If you have an exhibit to suggest for the Scholars Commons @PCL, please take a look at our in-depth Exhibits Guidelines before you fill out our Exhibit Proposal Form. You will be contacted by the Exhibits Advisory Committee, but you may email us with questions. 

two students in a closed-door room

PCL Group Study Rooms

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

Reserve a room. The PCL Group Study rooms are reservable spaces for groups of 2 or more. They include movable furniture, whiteboards and power outlets.

PCL Lactation Room

Type of Space: Lactation Room Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Location: PCL Lobby

Who Can Use: All campus

For: Lactation Only

Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump. 

The room is walk-up, not reservable. Please sign in at the PCL Desk with UT ID and get a key.

row of students, back to camera, looking at computer kiosks

PCL Lobby

Type of Space: Computer Workstation Area, Service Point Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

The lobby on the main floor of PCL includes a Research Help & Check Out Desk, PC workstations, quick print stations, library catalog computer, overhead book scanners, and printers. 

Quick Print Stations Software:

  • 7Zip
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Office
  • Wolfram Mathematica

PCL Lobby Computers

an empty conference room with desk, seating, and whiteboard

PCL Presentation Practice Rooms

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

Reserve a room. The PCL Presentation Practice rooms are private, reservable spaces where groups of 2 or more can collaborate and practice presentations through Airmedia or projector display. These rooms contain movable furniture, whiteboards, power outlets, and projector or TV displays with HDMI/USB or wireless connectivity.

a row of computers and student activity

PCL Quiet Stacks Seating

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Open seating and study tables in the library stacks, which are available for quiet, individual study.

PCL Reflection Space

Type of Space: Common Area Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The PCL Reflection Space is designed for wellness breaks, quiet meditation and brief retreats from studying. The UT community is encouraged to use the two rooms in the space to relax and reflect in a calm environment.

Two students discussing a project at a table

PCL Stacks Seating

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Open stacks seating and study tables that are designated for collaborative, group study.

Physics, Math, and Astronomy Library Service Desk

Type of Space: Service Point Location: Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library

The lobby on the main floor of the John M. Kuehne Physics Math Astronomy (PMA) Library includes the circulation desk, textbook collection, reference section, PC workstations, library catalog station, overhead book scanner, flatbed scanners, and printers. The main floor also includes a collaborative study space and group study room available for students, staff, and faculty.

PMA Lactation Room

Type of Space: Lactation Room Location: Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library

Location: PMA 8.200

Who Can Use: All campus

For: Lactation or Rest

The room is walk-up, not reservable. Contact PMA library staff at (512) 495-4610. Room is equipped with an Ameda Elite Breast Pump.

Student on a laptop adjacent to a shelf of books

PMA Stacks Seating

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library

Small tables with natural light for individual quiet study.

coffee bar at the PCL Library

Prufrock's Coffee

Type of Space: Common Area, Food & Drink Location: Perry Castañeda Library

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. Give your studying at the library a boost with a trip to Prufrock’s.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room

Type of Space: Exhibition Space, Study Space Location: Benson Latin American Collection

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room is where researchers can go to access any of the Benson's special collections.

two people working on a project in the FAL recording studio

Recording Studio

Type of Space: Makerspace Location: Fine Arts Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

Recording studio with soundproof room.

Reference Room

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Classics Library

The Reference Room in the Classics Library is an all-access space dedicated to quiet study, and features natural light, large and small tables and a lounge chair.

large reading room with natural light and tall ceilings

Richard T. and Jan J. Roberts Reading Room

Type of Space: Exhibition Space, Study Space Location: Life Science Library

The Richard T. and Jan J. Roberts reading room is housed in the iconic Hall of Texas located on the west end of the Life Science Library. The Hall of Texas – donning the names of influential figures in Texas History and cultural iconography of the various inhabitants of the state – is a large, all-access space dedicated to quiet study, and features natural light, large and small tables, and abundant seating.

a series of computer desks and tables against a green wall

Scan Tech Studio

Type of Space: Computer Lab Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

Scan Tech Studio provides scholars access to advanced tools for Optical Character Recognition (OCR), Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR), and Natural Language Processing (NLP) capabilities. The studio is equipped with a Zeutschel Scanner, OCR Flatbed Scanner, and a PC workstation. To reserve a room, please view the policy and request form.

three people discussing a project at a table with computer monitor on the wall

Scholars Commons Study Rooms

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

UT Graduate Students: Reserve a room. These rooms are only available to UT graduate students.

A row of study tables with other built in lounging

Scholars Lab Open Study Spaces

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The Scholars Lab provides open study spaces, accessible to anyone without reservation.

open space with orange huddle rooms and collaboration island

Scholars Lab Project Rooms

Location: Perry Castañeda Library (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

The Scholars Lab Project Rooms are reservable for students and faculty to conduct Digital Scholarship projects and offer Zoom technology for hybrid meetings. To reserve a room, please view the policy and request form.

Seminar Room

Location: Benson Latin American Collection (No computer stations with Wheelchair Access)

The Benson Latin American Collection's Seminar Room is used for class meetings, Library Instruction sessions, and archival showings. It includes a large meeting table.

Two students in lounge-style seating

Silent Study Area

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The main room in our Scholars Commons is dedicated to silent study when not being used for presentations and symposia. Designed with a variety of needs in mind, the goal was to create a space where any serious scholar would find a spot to be contemplative and productive.

Stacks Seating (APL)

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Architecture and Planning Library

Partitioned individual study spaces.

Stacks Seating (Geology)

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Geology Library

Small tables with natural light for individual quiet study.

Stacks Seating (LSL)

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Life Science Library

Small tables for individual quiet study.

three students in conversation around a table

STEM Learning Spaces

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The four STEM Learning Spaces, which each seat 8-12 people, are booked by partners in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) and Engineering for tutoring in specific STEM classes. When they are not booked, they are open for individual or collaborative study by any student. Each space features large whiteboards and moveable furniture.

row of orange lobby chairs and white tables

STEM Study Area

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

Study area open to all students, including those in STEM courses.

Person at a work desk looking at a laptop

Study Commons (Benson)

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Benson Latin American Collection

The Benson Latin American Collection's Study Commons is our quiet study space, featuring study tables with electrical outlets and check-out shelves for Benson materials you want to keep in the building.

Study Lounge (PMA)

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Physics Mathematics Astronomy Library

Enclosed room with natural light offers ammenites for collaboration and study.

spacious room with tall ornate ceilings and many wooden tables

The Hall of Noble Words Reading Room

Type of Space: Study Space Location: Life Science Library

The Hall of Noble Words, one of two spacious reading rooms in the Life Science Library, is located on the west end of the library. The Hall of Noble Words – displaying philosophical quotes from some of the world's most influential authors, philosophers, and leaders – is a large, all-access space dedicated to quiet study, and features natural light, large and small tables, and abundant seating.

Two students discussing a map on the wall

The Perry Castañeda Library Map Room

Type of Space: Common Area Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The PCL Map Room houses a large print map collection, atlases, travel guides, and globes. There are five large tables suitable for looking at map and studying and a large format scanner for digitizing maps.

person at desk with UWC logo on wall behind them

University Writing Center

Type of Space: Service Point, Study Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The University Writing Center, a unit of the Department of Rhetoric and Writing, helps university students become more proficient, more versatile, and more confident in their writing abilities. Visit their website to learn more about this service. The Writing Center space is open study space outside normal hours.

bookshelf filled with poetry books

UT Poetry Center

Type of Space: Common Area, Exhibition Space Location: Perry Castañeda Library

The UT Poetry Center, home to the Ruth Stephan Poetry Collection, is a diverse collection of poetry unique to the University of Texas Libraries. The center is located on the entry level of the Perry-Castañeda Library in the UFCU room.

The Ruth Stephan Collection is more than 50 years old and promotes the reading of poetry for enjoyment and edification. The collection also supports poets from the university and the greater Austin community, and it serves as a record of small press publishing in Austin. Some of the collection’s chapbooks, no longer in print, are not found at any other library! The collection is meant to be enjoyed by all, including the greater Austin and Texas communities. Therefore, the books do not circulate and are intended to be available for anyone looking for inspiration.

Ruth Stephan's intention in creating the collection was to "maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry and to recognize that poetry is the art of poets, not of critics."  It is our sincere hope that the UT Poetry Center serves as a place for all writers and readers of poetry in Austin and beyond.

Visit the UT Poetry Center research guide for recommended books and to learn more about the collection.