Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, residents, faculty, and staff.  Here is some information about the libraries, collections, and services:

The Libraries consist of:

  • The Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Long Campus in San Antonio
  • The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor , Briscoe Library
  • The Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library (unstaffed) at the Texas Research Park.
  • The Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen
  • The Regional Campus Library in Laredo.

The Library Home Page can be found at www.library.uthscsa.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook andTwitter.

Hours and Access

Clock by nicola.albertiniThe Briscoe Library is open to students, residents, faculty and staff until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends during the regular school year, from September to May.  ID cards are required for entry during some hours of operation.  Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study by UT Health Science Center ID card access. Branch libraries can be accessed with an ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed.  Full details on library hours and contact information are provided here.


The library has an extensive print and online collection of health sciences books and journals.  Over 95% of our journals are available online. Electronic Course Reserves are accessed through the University’s Blackboard system.


Library services include circulation, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and other resources, interlibrary loan, community outreach programs, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources on mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.


Clinical Foundations Class 2013Librarians teach classes on library research, critical appraisal, finding evidence based practice literature, databases, bibliographic management tools (EndNote/RefWorks), poster presentations, and technology topics, and more. Regular classes are announced on the website and in News from the Libraries. Librarians also offer one on one instruction and classes for courses, special groups and departments upon request. Contact us about scheduling a class!


You must be registered as a library borrower to check out library items. Registration forms are available online.  Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their registration annually by September 1.

Off Campus Access

Off Campus Access to library databases and online books and journals requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, with a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.

Library Computers

UT Health Science Center affiliated computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account.  Guest computers are provided for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read the library’s Computer Use Policy for more details.

Study Spaces

We strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  The library’s study areas include open seating, individual study rooms, which are first come first served, and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more users. Study rooms are restricted to use by UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. Whiteboards, electrical outlets and internet cables are available in locations throughout the libraries.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on the library’s web page on Library Policies.

We look forward to seeing you in the library, and hope you will feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collections and amenities.

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services