UFCU Room front door

The UFCU Room, which includes STEM Learning Spaces, the STEM Study Area and the UT Poetry Center, is normally available as study space and occasionally used for events. The use policy and request form are available here

Recurring Events in the UFCU Room

Students in a conversation at a table


The Mathematics Department is offering students enrolled in university calculus courses the chance to receive help and work with classmates in a room that's open five days a week for the afternoon and evening. The lab will be staffed by current mathematics graduate students (including your calculus TA), as well as advanced undergraduate learning assistants.

Spaces in the UFCU

Space Description
STEM Learning Spaces

Perry Castañeda Library
three students in conversation around a table
Floor Second Floor

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.

Study Space
STEM Study Area

Perry Castañeda Library
row of orange lobby chairs and white tables
Floor Second Floor

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

Study Space
UT Poetry Center

Perry Castañeda Library
bookshelf filled with poetry books
Floor Second Floor

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.

Common Area, Exhibition Space

Perry-Castañeda Library


101 E. 21st Street
Austin, Texas 78712

Mailing Address:

Name of library unit (e.g. Borrower Services)
University of Texas Libraries
University of Texas at Austin
101 E. 21st St. Stop S5460
Austin, Texas 78712-1490


(512) 495-4300


(512) 495-4296