About the Library

UT Health Science Center Disaster Support

UT Police: Michael Parks

Office Phone:  210-567-2800

  • Coordinates with the Office of the President and Office of Communications to recommend whether campus is in imminent danger, issues warnings and alerts through HSC Alert, University website, and 567-SNOW
  • Works with Executive Director to ensure Library is in consistent compliance with broader disaster management policies
  • Coordinates disaster response with local public safety officers
  • Follows UT Health Science Center policies for evacuation and secures the building during and after disaster
  • Works with public safety officers to ensure the safety of the building; secures internal and external doors
  • With public safety officers determines when the building is safe for reentry


Department of Environmental Health and Safety: Michael A. Charlton

Office Phone:  210-567-2955

  • Conducts periodic tests of building alarms, fire extinguishers and Halon system
  • Works with Executive Director to ensure Library is in consistent compliance with broader disaster management policies
  • With public safety officers determines when the building is safe for reentry
  • Tests for mold formation and water supply contamination
  • Works with UT System environmental safety as necessary


Facilities Management: Darrell Maatsch

Office Phone:  210-567-2880

With UT Police and public safety officers determines when the building is safe for reentry

  • Restores all utilities (electricity, water, gas)
  • Contracts with construction companies for building restoration


The UT Health Science Center is covered by a blanket policy through the UT System.  Estimates for repairs are sent to UT System for handling.  Contact Facilities Management.


UT Health Science Center Legal Office

Legal Advisors:   Jack C. Park  or  Gary J. Sertich, Dept. of Legal Affairs



Counseling Services 

The Employee Assistance Program is run by the department of Psychiatry and is available through Human Resources as part of employee benefits.  In addition there is a Psychiatric Emergency Service spearheaded by Sally Taylor, MD – 210-567-5453.


Library Disaster Team Member list

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UT Health Science Center Libraries Outreach Services

South Texas Outreach

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The UT Health Science Center Libraries are nationally recognized for their outreach services which seek to improve access to health information in South Texas communities. In 1993 librarian Mary Jo Dwyer received the first Michael DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. In 2009 Greysi Reyna, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, received the same award. In 2004 the Institute of Museum and Library Services recognized UT Health Science Centers Ramirez Library by awarding them the National Award for Museum and Library Service in recognition of their service to the Lower Rio Grande Valley community.

The goal of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions.

The Libraries are strong advocates for improved access to health information as a cornerstone for community health and empowerment. Services include training in effective literature retrieval, literature searches conducted by medical librarians, article delivery, outreach to consumers and community-based organizations, and circuit librarian services to hospitals, clinics and other organizations. Much of this work is supported with grants and contracts from federal agencies and private foundations.

In addition to the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the UT Health Science Center Libraries  include the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library in Harlingen, the Laredo Regional Campus Library, the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at the Texas Research Park.

UT Health Science Center Retirees

Retired UT Health Science Center faculty and staff have access to a wide variety of library services, including:

  • Books and audio/visual materials
  • Journals—print or electronic
  • Various locally-licensed databases
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)
  • Typewriter

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed


14 days


 Library Registration:

  • Create an account for book checkout.
  • Retirees may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Ramirez or Laredo Regional Campus Libraries.
  • A Retired UT Health Science Center Staff ID card and a state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport) are required to register.
  • Borrowing privileges do not expire.
  • There is no registration fee.

Library Collection Use

Retirees may have up to 15 items checked out at any given time. Select library materials may be renewed in person or by calling the Circulation Desk at (210) 567-2440 or on the online catalog. Renewal will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions

The copyright law of the United States [Title 17, United States Code] governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that use may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

This notice is posted in compliance with
Title 37 C.F.R., Chapter II, Part 201.14