Library Services

Borrowing by Distance Learning Students

Eligibility

UT Health Science Center students who meet the following eligibility requirements may request delivery of books and journal articles though the UTHSC Libraries.

  • Students living outside of San Antonio, Harlingen or Laredo area who are currently enrolled in a distance learning class at UT Health Science Center and are not attending any class that meets in person at least once a week.
  • Students and residents who are on rotation at sites outside San Antonio or Harlingen.
  • Doctoral candidates who have completed course work and are living outside San Antonio, Harlingen or Laredo area.

Library Account Registration

  • Students must have a library account and also an ILLiad account.
  • It is important to update your account with any changes to your email or snail mail address to ensure that alerts and materials will get to you in a timely manner.

Requesting Library Materials

  • Log in from off campus to access the library’s online resources, using the same UTHSCSA account login required for Blackboard use.
  • Use the library catalog  and e-Journals list to begin your search for books and journals.
  • Search library databases to identify specific journal articles on a topic.
  • Order print books and journal articles through the ILLiad system. Use one form per article and/or book.
  • Be familiar with guidelines on Copyright and Fair Use.

Loan Periods and Renewals

  • Standard loan periods apply and fines will be assessed for late items.
  • Books may be renewed online by logging in to your library account.

Types of Materials Eligible for Delivery

  • Print books, journal articles owned by UTHSC Libraries.
  • Books, book chapters, journal articles not in the library’s collection, ordered through Interlibrary Loan—allow extra time for delivery.

Types of Materials Not Eligible for Delivery

  • Reference and Rare books are non-circulating.
  • Print Reserve materials cannot be borrowed, but chapters less than 50 pages can be delivered electronically.
  • Online course materials are available through Blackboard.
  • Any electronic delivery that is subject to licensing or copyright restrictions.

Delivery Options

  • Books are checked out to you and delivered by Express Mail. Rush requests are delivered via Federal Express and carry a fee. A postage paid mailer is provided to return books.
  • Journal articles are delivered electronically to your ILLiad account and notification is sent via email.

How Much Does it Cost?

Type of service

Regular Delivery

Rush Delivery

Library-owned books

Free

$12.00

Fedex

Library-owned journal articles(Delivered electronically)

 (2-3 days)

Free

 (same day)

$8.00

Books not owned by the UTHSC Libraries (Ordered through Interlibrary Loan)

 (1-3 weeks)

Free

Not available

Journal articles not owned by the UTHSC Libraries(Ordered through Interlibrary Loan)

 (1-3 weeks)

Free

(48 hours)

$10.00

Alternatives to Borrowing from the UTHSC Libraries

If you don’t want to wait for delivery from the UTHSC Libraries, you may prefer to visit an academic library in your area. Most state university libraries are open to the public, and many in Texas allow UTHSC borrowers to check books out under theTexShare program.

Additional Resources for Distance Learning Students

Check out the Resources for Students site for links to tipsheets, research tools, copyright guidelines and general library information.

Contact Us

Contact the Library for further information or if you have questions.

Briscoe Library Study Room Guidelines & Reservations

The Briscoe Library has individual and group study rooms on all floors of the library.  These rooms provide both quiet study and group collaboration space and are important to the educational mission of the university.

Who may use a study room? Briscoe Library individual or group study rooms may only be occupied by UT Health Science Center (HSC) students, faculty, residents and staff. All occupants must wear their ID badges so they are always visible. Open study seating is available on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library building are available for 24/7 study with after-hours access by HSC ID card swipe.

Room reservations: Individual study rooms are on a first-come-first-served basis and are not available for reservation.  Group study rooms can be used on a scheduled or unscheduled basis, with scheduled reservations taking priority. Users are encouraged to be considerate of others and only reserve rooms for the period they will actually use the room, up to a maximum of 4 hours per reservation per day. The scan code or URL located at each room provides information on availability.

How to reserve a room: A group study room may be reserved using the following options:

  1. Reserve online  at www.library.uthscsa.edu/rooms.
  2. Use a smartphone to scan the QR code located outside each room to check availability or reserve a room.
  3. Request a reservation in person at the Circulation Desk or call 210-567-2440.

Reservation policies:

  • A group consists of two (2) or more people.
  • Reservations are limited to HSC ID holders.
  • Group study rooms may be reserved for up to four hours per day.
  • Reservations may be made online up two weeks in advance.
  • Reservations are made for one time room use only. Recurring classes, meetings or events should be reserved through University Scheduling.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse to reserve a room for any group or individual who abuses the facilities or policies.

15 minute grace period:  Group study rooms are always in demand, so a reservation is forfeited if:

  • The group does not show up within 15 minutes of start time
  • Only one person is in the room for more than 15 minutes
  • The room is empty for more than 15 minutes any time after the reservation start time.

Study rooms are self-monitoring:

Groups are highly encouraged to reserve a room because non-reserved rooms are open for anyone to use. If a room is occupied by someone else, a group with a reservation should politely ask the person to give up the room or ask for assistance from library staff on the 3rd floor (210-567-2440). The scan code outside each room provides information on whether a room has been reserved.

Security of personal items: Persons using the library study rooms are cautioned not to leave personal items unattended in the study rooms or anywhere else in the library. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

November 1, 2013

Literature Search Service Request Form

UT Health Science Center librarians are available to conduct mediated, for-fee searches of a variety of databases, including some that are not available for self-searching. Charges for literature search services vary depending on user affiliation, preparation and search time, and database vendor charges.

Complete this form to request a search of library databases by a librarian. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by a librarian to discuss the search. Results generally include citations, abstracts (when available), and/or links to other relevant resources. If you have any questions about the literature search process, please contact Library Information Services at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Costs – search fees are based on preparation and search time.

Affiliate Status Cost for first 30 minutes Cost for each additional 15 minutes
UT Health Science Center affiliates (including clinical faculty) $15.00 $7.50
Not affiliated with the Health Science Center $25.00 $12.50

Please note that mail ($2), fax ($2), and vendor database fees may apply.

If you have a preferred total cost limit (max cost), please specify it in the comments box near the end of the form.  This will help the librarian better understand your preferences.

 

If you have questions about your status, please check with the librarian.
Discuss your timeline with the librarian if you have a specific request for completion.
Describe your search in one or two sentences. Provide suggested keywords, terms, and helpful concepts
The librarian will ask for your project ID or credit card information. Do not insert those numbers into this form!

Resources for Distance Learning Students