Library Services

New Library Hub: Site of Oculus Virtual Reality Demonstrations

Want to learn how to use the new Oculus Rift in the Library Hub? Now is your chance!

Virtual reality demonstrations are being scheduled for groups of students, faculty, or staff who would like to learn more. The Oculus offers a broad scope of possibilities for education as well as recreation.

To schedule a demonstration, email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

New Study Rooms Open for Reservations

Looking for more places to study? We have an answer for you.

An additional 22 classrooms on the Library Building 2nd floor are now open and available for after-hours and weekend reservations in the library reservation system. This includes the library computer lab, 2.011.

All of the classrooms will remain open 24/7/365 and reservations are available Mon-Fri between the hours of 6 pm to 7 am and on weekends from 6 pm Friday night to 7 am Monday morning.

Lounge areas and microwaves are also available on the 2nd floor. Direct access to the rooms on the 2nd floor is available through the library 24/7/365.

Please keep in mind that all student study space reservations on the 2nd floor are subject to availability with preference given to academic and non-academic events.

Resources for Distance Learning Students

Technology Sandbox Coming Soon to the UT Health Briscoe Library

 

The Briscoe Library Technology Sandbox, an area with interactive work spaces and some of the newest technology to enhance medical education, is quickly coming together on the main floor of the library. Comfortable seating, desks, and a large worktable have been installed along with a 75 inch monitor now available for use. Soon, the space will feature a 3-D printer and computers for working with some of the latest 3-D visualization and virtual technology software. The technology will include an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in two new, immersive ways: The Body VR and 3-D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3-D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.”

Also shown above is a newly installed exhibit in the Sandbox area entitled Transforming Anatomy: Then and Now. The exhibit features materials from the PI Nixon Medical Historical Library illustrating the timeline of the study of anatomy including the original works of Andreas Vesalius considered to be the father of modern anatomy. Come see how far we have come from the original anatomy masters to the latest in technology and software.

Watch for announcements regarding a launch event for the Technology Sandbox. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

The Library is Here to Help!

Open anytime that fits your schedule

A place to call your own without distractions

Access to all library resources around the clock

Yes, you can even come on holidays!

Need help? Make a consultation appointment with your liaison librarian!

Access Library Guides (LibGuides)!

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Under Construction: New Library Vending Area

No matter what the weather or time of day or night, you’ll soon be able to grab a quick bite without having to leave the comfort of the library. We’ll not only leave a light on for you, we’ll prepare dinner too!

Construction, involving some significant electrical and plumbing work, has begun in an alcove area on the library entry floor. The space will eventually feature fresh food and coffee vending machines and a microwave.  Renovation of the area is tentatively planned to be completed by September 2018.

Please excuse a little extra temporary noise and dust and stay tuned for progress updates.

Virtual Reality Coming Soon

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Image from BagoGames, used under Creative Commons License.

Briscoe Library recently purchased an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in order for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in new, immersive ways. The two experiences are: The Body VR and 3D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.” The 3D anatomy models contain text descriptions for all male and female body systems. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

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