About the Library
Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Newsletter 2009
Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Newsletter 2010
Friends of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library Newsletter 2011
General Guidelines for Briscoe Library Group Rooms
- Due to limited availability, only UT Health Science Center (HSC) students, faculty, residents, and staff may use individual or group study rooms. Group study rooms (but not individual rooms) are available for reservation.
- Group Use Room Reservations can be made at any Service Desk in the Library or by phone at (210) 567-2440. Reservations may also be made electronically during the hours of 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday. You may be asked for a form of identification (i.e., HSC ID, driver’s license) to verify your HSC status. When making a reservation, be prepared to give one other person’s name in order to ensure that you or someone else are responsible to arrive at the reserved start time (see number 3*). REMINDER: Do not send electronic reservations outside of the indicated time frame. Email and instant messaging (IM) are monitored only during On-Call Librarian/Information open hours. Visit UT HSC Library Get Help Page for email address and IM information.
- All rooms available for group use (two or more people) can be used on a scheduled or unscheduled basis, with scheduled group use taking priority. *Room reservations made for group use become void if only one member of the group shows up. A group may not make multiple room reservations for the same time period.
- Reservations are made for one time use only. Other rooms in the HSC are more appropriate for recurring classes or meetings and should be reserved through Scheduling & Facilities Data Management at (210) 567-2655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Reservations for group study will be accepted two hours before the needed time up to two weeks in advance of when the room is needed.
- Reservations will only be held for thirty minutes after the scheduled start time. If the “group” has not arrived within the grace period, the room becomes available for unscheduled use. Refer to #3.
- The Library is not responsible for unattended personal items.
- Requests for room use assistance and/or user verification should be directed to Library Staff on the 3rd floor.
- The Library reserves the right to refuse to reserve a room for any group or individual who abuses the facilities or policies.
Get Help from the Libraries
Call, Email, Stop by, or Instant Message to get in contact with library staff. We have staff in San Antonio, Harlingen and Laredo available to help with your research.
- Briscoe Library Information: 210-567-2450
- Briscoe Library Circulation Desk: 210-567-2440
- Ramirez Library: 956-365-8850
- Laredo Regional Campus Library: 956-523-7404
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Briscoe Library drop-in help is available Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
Request an individual research consultation with a librarian. Contact your closest library location for details.
Giving to the Libraries
How You Can Help
A gift to the UT Health Science Center Libraries is a gift that keeps on giving throughout the Health Science Center and beyond. Gifts will be used to support the library’s collection, services, and programs and will keep the UT Health Science Center Libraries in the forefront of 21st century libraries.
Gifts to the library can be designated as a lasting tribute or memorial to a family member, friend, or colleague. Tribute and memorial bookplates will be placed in appropriate books for donations of $50 or more. The Office of Institutional Advancement will acknowledge all gifts and will send an announcement to the honoree or other designee. Donors can identify whether they wish to become a Friend of the UT Health Science Center Libraries or a Friend of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, the history of medicine collection of the library. All gifts to the UT Health Science Center Libraries are tax deductible.
To Donate to the Library, Use the HSConnect Donate Link:
If you wish to donate using a UT Health Science Center project ID or check, please use the Giving to the Libraries form or contact the UT Health Science Center Libraries Administrative Office at 210-567-2407 or by email to email@example.com.
Gifts of Books and Other Library Materials
The library accepts gifts and donations of books and other materials if these items are needed for the collection. In accepting these materials, the library retains the right to dispose of them if they duplicate existing materials or are outside of the library’s collection scope. Please contact John Weed, Head of Collection Resources, at 210-567-2479 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in donating materials to the UT Health Science Center Libraries.
Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., 1923-2010
The UT Health Science Center library located on the Long Campus in San Antonio is named after Dolph Briscoe Jr., who served as the 41st governor of Texas from 1973 to 1979.
On November 14, 1985 a ceremony was held to dedicate the library, which was completed in 1983 after many years of planning. Governor Briscoe was present at the event, along with his wife, UT System Regent Janey Briscoe; as well as John P. Howe, III, former president of the UT Health Science Center; Donald A.B. Lindberg, Director, National Library of Medicine; and Jess Hay, Chairman, The University of Texas System Board of Regents.
An excerpt from the dedication program speaks to Governor Briscoe’s commitment to education:
The library building at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is named to honor former Governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Mr. Briscoe, Uvalde rancher, served as governor during 1973-79. During his administration, the appropriation of funds for public and higher education increased. Since leaving office, Governor Briscoe has been active in support of community service programs.
In announcing the dedication, the former Regents’ Chairman Jon Newton said, “No resource of any campus, whether it be academic or health-related, is of more importance than the library. At the health science center in San Antonio, the library serves medical, dental, nursing, allied health and graduate students in the medical sciences. It stands as a symbol of excellence in their continued quest for knowledge.”
What better honor than to dedicate a library of national distinction to an individual who has been so supportive of higher education.
From: Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library: Celebrating 20 Years of Service and Development, November 14, 1985
The University’s news publication covered the dedication event on the front page of its November 22, 1985, issue, shown below:
Group and Individual Study Rooms at the Briscoe Library
Ready to study? This page has a brief description of each study room at the Briscoe Library. Remember, only group study rooms can be reserved for groups of two or more. See the guidelines for details.
|3.114||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window|
|3.116||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|3.118||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|3.120||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|3.122||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|3.124||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|3.126||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|3.128||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|3.130||Group||round table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board|
|4A||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4B||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4C||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4D||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4E||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4F||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4G||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4H||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4I||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4J||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4K||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4L||Individual||table, chair, window|
|4M||Group||table, chairs, chalkboard, no window|
Room numbers were updated in March 2013.
|5.010 / 5A||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.012 / 5B||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.014 / 5C||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.016 / 5D||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.018 / 5E||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.020 / 5F||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.022 / 5G||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.024 / 5H||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.026 / 5I||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.028 / 5J||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.030 / 5K||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|3.032 / 5L||Individual||table with lamp, chair, window|
|5.034 / 5M||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall|
|5.040 / 5N||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board wall|
|5.042 / 5P||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board wall|
|5.044 / 5Q||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, window, white board wall|
|5.046 / 5R||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall|
|5.048 / 5S||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall|
|5.050 / 5T||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board wall|
|5.052 / 5U||Group||table, chairs, X-Ray view box, x-ray collection, no window, white board|
|5.053 / 5V||Group||table, chairs, wall mounted monitor, no window, white board|
Harry Potter’s World
The UT Health Science Center Libraries are pleased to announce that Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine will open in the Briscoe Library on October 11, 2010.
The traveling exhibit, produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, and coordinated by the American Library Association, uses materials from the historical collections of the National Library of Medicine to explore Harry Potter’s world and its roots in Renaissance traditions.
The study of Renaissance science and medicine adds a fascinating dimension to the Harry Potter stories for both children and adults. For example, alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who is fictionally featured in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was a real 15th-century scholar whose experiments with metals influenced the development of modern chemistry.
A series of programs has been planned in connection with the exhibit, which will be in the Briscoe Library from October 11 to November 6, 2010.
For more information contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, Hunnicutt@uthscsa.edu.
Opening Event and Reception
Renaissance Science and the Quest for Immortality: Lessons from Albus Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel, and Isaac Newton
C. Mackenzie Brown, Ph.D. (More Information)
Jennie Farris Railey King Professor in Religion, Department of Religion, Trinity University
October 11, 2010, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room
Potent Potions and Healing Herbs: Medicinal Practices of the Renaissance
Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D. (More Information)
Professor, Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, UT Health Science Center
October 19, 2010, 12:00 noon -1:00 pm
Pestana Lecture Hall
A Little Muggle Magic: The Wisdom of Harry Potter for Families
Pat Thompson, Ph.D. (More Information)
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Texas at San Antonio
October 23, 2010, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room
Friends of the P.I. Nixon Annual Dinner and Presentation
Magic and Monsters in the Stacks: How Harry Potter Came to the National Library of Medicine
Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D. (More Information)
Coodinator of Public Services – History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine
November 1, 2010, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Double Tree Hotel: Contact Pennie Borchers, Special Collections Librarian, for more information and to purchase tickets for this event: Borchers@uthscsa.edu.
Presentation to students attending Science Expo
Living Dangerously: Doctors Adrift in the Dark Ages
Richard F. Ludueña, Ph.D. (More Information)
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
November 6, 2010; two presentations: 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Briscoe Library, Howe Conference Room
Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic, and Medicine, a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The exhibition tour is coordinated by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.
Health Careers High School Students
Juniors and seniors from Health Careers High School are eligible for a variety of privileges, including using :
- Books and audio/visual materials
- Journals—print or electronic, in-house use at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
- Library computers (time limit)
- Photocopy and printing (fee)
Loan periods for circulating material
# of Renewals Allowed
|Print Reserve materials (in-house use only)||
Students may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Ramirez or Laredo Regional Campus Libraries.
- Create an account for book checkout.
- Health Careers High School student ID card is required to register.
- Borrowing privileges are valid for the current academic year.
- Registration cannot be renewed until all fines and other obligations have been cleared.
Library Collection Use
Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time.