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Briscoe Library to Partner with SAPL on NPR Campus Community Book Club



The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch are joining forces to start a new NPR (National Public Radio) Book Club as a community engagement project. There are many community issues that can benefit from engagement utilizing a book club as a platform for interaction and conversation. The club will meet once a month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at either the Briscoe Library (room 4.074, the Collaboratory) or at the Forest Hills Library (5245 Ingram Rd). An NPR reviewed book will be featured at each meeting.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh has been selected for the first meeting on September 17th, 6 -7 p.m., held at the Briscoe Library.

Do No Harm provides unforgettable insight into the countless human dramas that take place in a busy modern hospital.  Above all, it is a lesson in the need for hope when faced with life’s most difficult decisions.

A few copies are available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.


Briscoe Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

Briscoe Library

Computer Lab (LIB 2.011)

Library Computer Lab - Room 2.011

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Capacity: 25

Availability: By reservation, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Features: Projector, instructor station, videoteleconferencing (VTC) equipment. Internet access, Microsoft Office and whiteboards are available. New in May 2013: telephone line ready for speakerphone devices (bring your own device)

Notes: Special software can be installed on these computers with advanced notice.  Please see the room policies for reservation information.


Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

Table set up in LIB 4.074

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Capacity: 20-24

Availability: By reservation, during library hours.  Open for study when not  reserved. (After May 1, 2013, new reservations for laptop training events will not be available.)

Features: Room-wide wireless. General conference/meeting room. Projector, phone line, whiteboard, smartboard. Tables have built-in electrical outlets.

Notes: Please see the room policies for reservation information.


Howe Conference Room (LIB 5.070)

Howe Conference Room

Howe Conference Room 2

Capacity: 20

Availability: By reservation, during regular library hours.

Features: Modular meeting space with tables and chairs on wheels. Projector, instructor podium, wireless connectivity.

Notes: This room is only available for booking to university faculty and staff.  Because the room houses more than 1500 rare books this room has special guidelines that must be observed. View the guidelines.

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) Staff

CLHIN’s knowledgeable and dedicated staff are here to help you.


Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services
E-mail: segerp@utscsa.edu

Kathleen Carter, Assistant Director for the Ramirez Library at the RAHC, Harlingen, TX
E-Mail: carterk3@uthscsa.edu

Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Library Assistant
E-Mail: lemellep@uthscsa.edu

Contact Information

Circuit Librarian Health Information Network
Phone: (800) 421-2432
Fax: (210) 567-2463
E-Mail: clhin@uthscsa.edu

Briscoe Library, San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 567-2400
Fax: (210) 567-2473

Ramirez Medical Library at the RAHC, Harlingen
2102 Treasure Hills
Harlingen, TX 78550
Phone: (956) 365-8850
Fax: (956) 365-8856

Regional Campus Library, Laredo
1937 E. Bustante St.
Laredo, TX 78041
Phone: (210) 567-3704
Fax: (210) 523-7426

Circulation Policies and Privileges

Circulation privileges are available to students, staff, faculty, alumni and retirees of the Health Science Center, to area health professionals, and to citizens of Texas aged 18 or older who pay for an annual Courtesy Borrowers card. You must be registered to check out library materials.

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed


14 days



14 days2


Journals received in the last 30 days




14 days


Reserve materials

3 hours3


  1. When a Hold has been placed on an item, no further renewals will be accepted and the item must be returned by due date.
  2. Journals may be checked out to eligible borrowers only.
  3. Reserve materials generally circulate for three hours. If checked out within three hours of closing, the materials will be due within one hour of opening the next day.

Returning Materials

Materials may be returned at the Circulation Desk or placed in the Book Drop outside the exit doors. A book drop is also located outside the Library building near the entry stairs. Book drops are emptied one hour after opening each morning. Please return reserve materials and audio/visuals inside the Library.


Materials not returned by the due date and time will accrue fines:

  • Books, journals and audio/visual material fines are $0.50 per day
  • Reserve material fines are $1 per hour
  • Users’ privileges are suspended if fines exceed $15

Fines will not be waived for the following reasons:

  • Late or non-receipt of courtesy overdue notices
  • Failure to notify the library of a change of address
  • Items were lent to someone else who returned it late or failed to return it
  • Items were renewed after the due date
  • Vacation

CLHIN – Illiad Tip Sheet

New CLHIN – ILLiad tip sheet

CLHIN Affiliated Hospitals and Clinics

Doctors Hospital
10700 McPherson Rd
Laredo TX, 78045

Edinburg Regional Medical Center
1102 W Trenton Road
Edinburg, TX 78539

Knapp Medical Center
1401 East 8 St.
Weslaco, TX 78596

McAllen Family Medical Residency Program
205 E. Toronto
McAllen, TX 78503

Mission Regional Medical Center
900 S. Bryan Road
Mission TX, 78572

San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
332 W. Commerce St.
San Antonio, TX 78205

Uvalde Memorial Hospital
1025 Garner Field Rd.
Uvalde TX, 78801

CLHIN Member Services

Member Services

The Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN) provides ready access to medical library services to all participating hospitals’ physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative staff.

Request Items

CLHIN Library services provide immediate access to medical library services in the absence of a fully staffed and equipped in-house library. Articles are provided from UT Health Science Center Libraries’ collection of over 4,000 journal titles and searches are conducted by professional librarians on MEDLINE and other medical databases.View the CLHIN Users Guide (pdf)


Continuing Nursing Education

We teach courses on health information resources that are approved for 1.0 CNE contact hour. Nursing contact hours have been approved through the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  Contact us to have a class taught at your organization.

Ask a Librarian

The CLHIN Staff is here for you. When you have questions or would like guidance on information resources on topics ranging on anything from health care reform to historical and current events in health issues to research trends, the CLHIN staff is here to assist you. We are also available to offer instructional programs on or demonstrations of MEDLINE and other healthcare databases. For questions about any of the Circuit Librarian Program’s services contact us at 800-421-2432.

Collection Resources

The Collection Resources division, led by John Weed, M.S.I.S., Head of Collection Resources, is responsible for print and online journal and book acquisitions, electronic resource licensing and management, consortium participation, cataloging, and binding.

Collection Resources: John Weed

Office Phone:  210-567-2479

Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Maintains an inventory of the library collections (primarily using the OPAC)
  • Identifies specific priority collections to be saved or recovered first

During and After a Disaster

  • Supervises the staff and volunteers during collection recovery efforts
  • Assesses damage to the collections; works with Department of Environmental Safety and Health to determine if a mold assessment of the affected collections is necessary
  • Advises Executive Director on the extent of the damage to the collections
  • Locates specific priority collections to be saved or recovered first. Determines which parts of the damaged collection are not worth recovery efforts.
  • Advises Executive Director on the need for a recovery company
  • Determines which items can be recovered in-house and which need to be sent out for recovery. Maintains contact with recovery company until the materials are returned.
  • Supervises in-house cleaning and drying efforts
  • Supervises the processing of all damaged materials
  • Trains staff and volunteers, if applicable
  • Prepares a written report of the recovery and/or relocation activities

Back to Library Disaster Team list.

Computer Use Policy

Meeting the information needs of library users is integral to the Mission of the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries. The library staff endeavors to develop collections, resources and services to meet these needs. It is within this context that the UTHSC Libraries offer access to the Internet and other electronic resources. Any health-related information searching is a legitimate use of these resources.

General Policy

  • Priority use of computers is given to UTHSC affiliates, area health professionals, and users seeking medical information. Health Science Center faculty, staff, and students must log in with their UTHSCSA Domain Username and Password.
  • A limited number of guest computers are available to the general public. Persons not affiliated with the Health Science Center must sign-in at the library Service Desk to use a computer and are limited to a maximum of one hour each day.  Additional time may be granted persons researching health-related topics. University sponsored e-mail programs are allowed and supported. Other web based e-mail programs may be utilized, but library staff may not be able to assist with problems.
  • Library computers may not be used for illegal, unauthorized, unethical, or commercial purposes. Please see the UTHSC’s Computer Ethics Policy and the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 33. Computer Crimes (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.33.htm).
  • Authorized users of commercially licensed digital products such as electronic journals, books, and databases include UTHSC faculty, staff, and students and walk-in users of the UTHSC Libraries. Remote access to these digital resources is allowed only to UTHSC faculty, staff, and students.
  • Faculty, staff and students with UTHSCSA Domain Accounts may connect to the HSCwave wireless network at any library location.  Wireless networking is not available for other library users, but those users may connect their own computers to the Internet at designated laptop workstations.
  • Computer peripherals (other than personal storage devices or mobile devices) may not be physically attached to library computers or printers except in designated locations.
  • The decision to load personal software is made by library staff on a case by case basis. Personal software may be loaded with the assistance of library staff.
  • Library computer users are discouraged from storing personal files and documents on the Libraries’ computers. Computer users should save their work frequently to a USB drive, to a writable optical disc (i.e. CD/DVD), to an online storage service, or email documents to themselves.
  • All user data is erased from the Libraries’ public computers at least once a day and whenever a computer is rebooted.
  • Viewing of pornographic material may constitute a Class C misdemeanor under Texas Penal Code §43.22 (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.43.htm#43.22) and may also violate the University’s policies on sexual harassment as stated in section 4.2.2 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/4.2.2.pdf). Users of computers at the library should be aware of the public nature of shared facilities and should take care not to display images or play sounds that could create an atmosphere of harassment for others. For more information, please see the UTHSC Handbook of Operating Procedures Policy 4.2.2 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/4.2.2.pdf). In addition, the university’s Internet Access Policy (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.5.10.pdf) states that “Accessing, posting, or sharing any racist, sexist, threatening, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material (i.e., visual, textual, or auditory entity) is strictly prohibited.”
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times. An adult must sit at the same computer workstation with the child.  At the Ramirez Library, to comply with the building access policy, library users under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times.

Acceptable Uses

  • Accessing electronic resources provided by the UTHSC Libraries, such as electronic journals, books, and databases.
  • Use of Internet resources for academic, personal and/or professional study, communication, and/or networking.
  • Accessing the campus wired or wireless network anywhere in the library. Users with UTHSCSA Domain accounts may connect to the HSCwave wireless network using the instructions at http://ims.uthscsa.edu/computer_networking/network_wireless.aspx .
  • Syncing mobile devices.

Unacceptable Uses

  • Any viewing, listening, downloading or copying of material that constitutes copyright infringement, including making unlicensed copies of copyrighted CDs or DVDs.
  • Installation or use of unauthorized peer-to-peer software. See the UTHSC Handbook of Operating Procedures Policy 5.8.11 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.8.11.pdf).
  • Viewing of material considered to be pornographic.
  • The institution reserves the right to audit and review access logs for any given user if it is suspected institutional assets were used in an inappropriate way.

Internet Use

  • The Internet contains a wealth of valuable information resources. However, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated or offensive. Library users are advised to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet. The UTHSC is not responsible for the content, security or reliability of web sites outside the uthscsa.edu domain.
  • Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities.
  • All persons accessing the Internet through UT System computers must abide by The UT System Information Resources Use and Security Policy (UTS 165, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/procedures/policy/policies/uts165.html) or the UT System Information Resources Acceptable Use and Security Policy (INT 124, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/policy/policies/int124.html) and all Texas state laws and regulations concerning use of state property and computing resources.
  • Copyrighted works are protected regardless of the medium in which they are created or reproduced; thus, copyright extends to digital works and works transformed into digital format. Any copyright statements or symbols should be retained when printing a digital document. Please see the UT System Policy on “Use of Copyright Material” (UTS 107, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/policy/policies/uts107.html)
  • UTHSC personnel must abide by the HSC’s Handbook of Operating Procedures Internet Use policy 5.2.8 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.2.8.pdf)

Printing and Digital Transmission of Documents

  • There is a per page charge for printing in the Library. The charge is 10 cents per page for TRAC accounts and 11 cents per page for departmental accounts.
  • A UTHSC ID can be used to create a TRAC account to pay for printing.  Service Desk staff provide guest printing and copying cards for users who do not have a HSC ID card.  The user must provide a valid state-issued ID and pay the total charge when they return the guest card.  Coins or bills cannot be used in the copy machines.
  • In some cases, users can download information to a USB drive instead of printing. Many library databases allow users to e-mail search results instead of printing. License agreements for some electronic journals, books, and other documents stipulate that users may not send a digital copy of an article or other document to other users. If in doubt about an authorized use of a commercially published article, book, or other document, please ask for assistance at one of the Service Desks.
  • No envelopes, labels or transparencies may be placed in the laser printers. Users may insert their own letter or legal size paper into the Manual Feed tray only.


The HSC Libraries reserve the right to take appropriate action to ensure compliance with this policy. Library staff have the right to determine appropriateness of workstation use and can, at any time, require the patron to leave the workstation.

Policy effective November 20, 2012
Revisions approved by HSC Executive Committee