About the Library

UT Health Science Center Borrowers

All current faculty, staff, students, housestaff and clinical/adjunct faculty of the UT Health Science Center have access to a wide variety of library services, including:

  • Books, journals, databases & audio/visual materials
  • Library computers
  • Study room reservations
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Interlibrary loan (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)
  • Proxy Borrower
  • Current fiction

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

Unlimited*

Journals

1 week

none

Journals received in the last 30 days

none

n/a

Audiovisuals

1 week

1

Reserve materials

varies

none

*When a Hold has been placed on an item, no further renewals will be accepted.

Library Registration

  • Create an account for book checkout or to place a hold on an item.
  • Health Science Center library users may register online or in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Laredo Regional Campus Library.
  • A UT Health Science Center ID card and a state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport) are required to register.
  • Housestaff and faculty with clinical appointments expire on August 31 of each year and must register annually.

Library Collection Use

UT Health Science Center borrowers 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 567-2440 or on the online catalog. Renewals will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.

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: Stephen Bell

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

Insurance

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

210-567-2020

 

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 University Health System has a Psychiatric Emergency Service.

 

Library Disaster Team Member list

Back to Disaster Plan

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, in-house use at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • In-house use of locally-licensed databases
  • Library computers
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, off-site access to electronic journals, books and databases is available only to currently employed faculty and staff, and currently enrolled students.

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

Unlimited

Reserve materials (in-house use only)

varies

None

*When a Hold has been placed on an item, no further renewals will be accepted.

Library Registration:

  • Create an account for book checkout.
  • Retirees may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Laredo Regional Campus Library. There is no registration fee for Retirees.
  • A Retired UT Health Science Center Staff ID card is required to register.
  • Borrowing privileges do not expire.

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 borrower registration account. Renewal will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.

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.

Vote Held for Naming of New Space in the Library

A newly developed space in the Library seeks a new name!

The space, now filled with new furniture and technology, has been made possible thanks to student funds. In earlier communications, the space had been referred to as the Technology Sandbox, however, the Library would like to open up the choice to students and anyone else who would like to cast their vote.

Voting will be available from Friday, February 3, through Tuesday, February 7.

So far, the vote has brought up some interesting opinions!

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. For more information on Copyright and Fair Use, look at this guide.

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

Watch for Library Events in April!

Student Fiesta Day

Come for refreshments and Fiesta fun!

 

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Open House

Join us for refreshments and help us celebrate the historical significance

of the library collection in this Tricentennial year in San Antonio!

 

 

We Have a Winner!: The 2018 History of the Health Sciences Essay Award

On March 29, the winner of the Danny Jones History of the Health Sciences Essay Award, Farhan Ahmad, was presented with a check by Senior Director of Libraries Owen Ellard. Farhan won the 2018 competition with his essay, Knee History: From Early Developments to the Total Knee Replacement. The annual $500 award is sponsored by the Friends of the P.I Nixon Medical Historical Library.

Farhan will be giving a presentation on his essay on April 24 at 3:30 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library. The presentation will cap off activities during the UT Health Library Student Fiesta and will lead into the P.I. Nixon Library Fiesta Open House also happening on the 24th.

Farhan is a first year medical student at the Long School of Medicine, and is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. He graduated from UTSA’s Honors College in the FAME B.S./M.D. program. His essay topic is a historical review of advancements in knee care from major time points in recorded human history.

“The knee,” Farhan explains, “when diseased or broken, is like any part of the body in that it tells a story. However, there is scarce documentation of medical history regarding knee injuries and developments. I found that many advancements in knee care (both operative and non-operative) contributed to and came from general advancements in the history of medicine. Some advancements were helpful to the patient while others may not have been. Ultimately, in every civilization across time, the knee was a universal concern and human curiosity pushed forth new ideas, which I aimed to capture in my essay. As the rates of knee osteoarthritis continue to increase in the U.S., my paper is a timely meditation on the progress we have made so far, as well as a reminder that there is much to discover.”