About the Library

Earth Day Celebration

The Briscoe Library joined in on UT Health San Antonio’s Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 21. The Green Initiatives Committee sponsored this celebration to raise awareness about the environment, promote sustainability, reduce waste and improve efficiency. The library joined a number of other exhibitors in the Lecture Hall Commons with a table promoting resources from the National Library of Medicine, as well as environmental health resources and databases available through UT Health San Antonio Libraries.

Students, faculty, and staff came out to visit the library’s booth and received information on some of the following environmental health resources:

NLM’s TOXNET

Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Agricultural Online Access (AGRICOLA)

GreenFILE

International Programme on Chemical Safety (INCHEM)

Public Health Image Library (PHIL)

Emergency & Recovery Contact Information

Emergency conditions are normally managed by UT Police, Facilities Management, and Environmental Health & Safety (for significant disasters).  Contact the appropriate department directly as listed below.

Local Contacts

Library AdministrationRefer to the Library Administration Chain of Command
Staff Emergency Contact Information is on the Staff Intranet (not publicly available).
University Police From main campus
From off campus
Laredo
911
210-567-2800   
956-523-7414
Facilities Management 210-567-2885 (M-F 8:00 am – 5:00 pm) 210-567-2947 (all other times)
Housekeeping 210-567-2935
210-567-2947 (all other times)
Locksmith 210-567-2794
210-567-2947 (all other times)
UT Health Science Center Environmental Health & Safety Dept.
Business Hours
After Hours
 

210-567-2955
210-567-2800

Networks and Server damage   

Information Management & Services

 

210-567- 7777

Security Agency Contacts                                           

UT Police, Facilities Management or Environmental Health & Safety will contact the appropriate agencies.

University Police

From main campus
From off campus
Laredo
 911
210-567-2800   
956-523-7414
City/County Security 99-911
State Security Agencies Public Safety Department 210-531-2200
Federal Security Agencies Federal Bureau of Investigation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) 210-225-6741

210-805-2727  or  800-283-4867

Department of Homeland Security Regional Office 210-472-6030

 

Recovery Services Contacts

 

Organization Name Contact Information
BMS Catastrophe (Blackmon Mooring) 24-hr phone number: 877-730-1948
BELFOR 800-856-3333 or 210-399-3315
Eagle Environmental (hazardous spills and contaminants) 318-868-4646
Munters (Air Treatment) 800-229-8557 or 210-651-5018

Back to Disaster Plan

Emergency Building Evacuation Procedures

For general guidelines, refer to the UT Police Emergency Preparedness Manual.

Campus Status information can be found on this site: http://www.uthscsa.edu/status.asp.

When a fire alarm sounds inside the library building, or in the event of a campus emergency situation the following steps must be taken to evacuate the library by Evacuation Team (ET) members and all staff members:

  • Grab your cell phones to communicate with staff on the other floors and with the Evacuation Team (ET).
  • ET members evacuate staff and patrons on your floor through the nearest exit.
  • Check the stacks, seating area and restrooms for lagging library users; ask them to exit through the nearest available door.  If a user refuses to leave the building, note the user’s location and continue to evacuate the building.  Give information on where they were last seen to the emergency crews when they arrive.
  • Physically challenged persons: ET member find someone to accompany/assist the person out of the building. An emergency chair is located on the 5th floor, northeast exit. If it’s not feasible to fetch/use the chair, the escort must get them inside an emergency stairwell, ask others to inform emergency crews of their whereabouts and remain with them until further assistance arrives.
  • In the process of evacuating the building, staff should inspect their floors for smoke, fire, injuries or other emergencies and relay this information to the ET Coordinator.  Only attempt to put out a fire if it is small and you have been trained to use the fire extinguisher.
  • Upon evacuation, library staff are to meet at the designated meeting place, which is the motorcycle area of Lot 2, close to Dental Drive.   Each supervisor or designee should attempt to account for his/her staff.  See Appendix 6 for details on Departmental Emergency Evacuation Procedures.
  • Library staff at the designated meeting place will be notified via radio when the Safety Officer gives the all clear to return to the library building. Only UT Police, the Fire Chief, or Environmental Health & Safety officers can give the all clear to return to the building.
  • The Evacuation Team Coordinator and the Disaster Team Leader will remain near the library entrance (if safe) to keep people from entering the building, unless they are emergency personnel, and to act as liaison between emergency services and library administration
  • Upon return, please check your work areas for any damage to personal property, workspace and the building, and report them to the building fire marshal or library administration office.
  • Evening/Weekend staff will evacuate the floors–they may have to ask for assistance from library users.

Back to Disaster Plan

Evacuation Management Team Coordinator: Walter Creech

Office Phone:  210-567-2462

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning

  • Leads an evacuation management team with representatives from every area of the library
  • Coordinates, with the Evacuation Team, evacuation procedures for the Briscoe Library
  • Conducts periodic drills, with Environmental Health and Safety

During and After a Disaster

  • Mobilizes evacuation management team to evacuate the Library building
  • Assists Senior Director of Libraries and Disaster Team Leader in keeping open communications with UT Police and Department of Environmental Safety and Health.

 

Back to Library Disaster Team list.

Exercise Desks Coming to the Library!

Due to the requests of students, the library will be installing one treadmill desk and three bike desks (two designs) on the 5th floor this month. Usage will be monitored to determine the most popular options for possible future expansion.

     

Floor Plans: Briscoe Library

The Briscoe Library has four floors, numbered 2 through 5. The main entrance is on the 3rd floor.

Second Floor

Library Classrooms Map and Floor Plan

The 2nd floor offers ten lecture classrooms and three small group study rooms which can be reserved through University Scheduling. Assistance with the classrooms is provided by the MD Labs office, located on the 2nd floor. Access from the 2nd floor to the upper floors of the Briscoe Library is open Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – midnight, and Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The 2nd floor classrooms are available as a 24 hour study space. Study space is restricted to UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff. A card reader entrance located near the 2nd floor lecture hall underneath Subway provides 24 hour access to the classrooms.

The Library Computer Classroom, Room 2.011, can be reserved from this website.

Third Floor

The Briscoe Library main entrance is on the 3rd floor. The Reserve collection, Circulation Desk and the Library Administration office are also on this floor. Wireless internet is available on every floor.

Library computers (PC and Mac), and multi-purpose copy/print/scan machines are located on the 3rd floor in the Information Commons. Nine group study rooms along the windows facing the parking lot are available by reservation.

Fourth Floor

A reduced collection of print journals and books is shelved on the fourth floor (about 98% of our journals are available electronically).

The Office of Academic Quality Enhancement, Office of Institutional Research, and the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics (School of Medicine) are also located on this floor. The Collaboratory (Room 4.074) can be reserved for classes, meetings or large group study at this website.

Fifth Floor

The Library’s Special Collections is available by appointment by calling 210-567-2403.  The Howe Conference Room can be reserved for meetings at this website.  The School of Medicine Office of Undergraduate Medical Education is also on this floor. Group study rooms are available by reservation.

Food and Drink Policy

Drinks are allowed and they need to be in covered containers.

Bugs like food, but so do people, so we’ve decided to allow eating in the library. However, this is a limited privilege: no hot food, no messy food, and, to be polite, no smelly food. Library staff have the authority to determine if your food meets these criteria.

Please use napkins liberally, and clean your hands before using library computers.

For your own comfort, and as a courtesy to your colleagues, we also ask that you clean up after yourself. Trash cans are located all over the library for your convenience. If you make a mess that you’re unable to clean up on your own, tell library staff, who will help you clean it up. You won’t get in trouble for reporting a spill.

And, please — no food deliveries to the library!

Reviewed 11/22/2013

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Contact

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Laredo Regional Campus Library

Library Hours

Library Hours & Holiday Schedule
Drop-in help from a librarian is available Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Liaison Librarians

School of Medicine
Chris Gaspard
sifuentes@uthscsa.edu
210-567-2429
Chris’Guides

School of Health Professions
Karen Barton
bartonkd@uthscsa.edu
210-567-2428
Karen’s Guides

School of Nursing
Emme Lopez
lopeze13@uthscsa.edu
210-450-8124
Emme’s Guides

School of Dentistry
Christy Tyson
tysonc@uthscsa.edu
210-450-8255

Graduate School
Jonquil Feldman
feldman@uthscsa.edu
210-567-2430
Jonquil’s Guides

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Did you know that you can exercise and study at the same time?

Well, now you can, and you will have a great view of our beautiful campus!

Come to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library to check out the new equipment.

There are 3 exercise bikes with attached desk-tops that can be used night or day, 24/7/365.

Standing power hubs are also available to charge your phone or laptop while you are exercising.

Stay tuned for a treadmill desk coming soon.

Girl Scout Carnival of Hope

With the help of many dedicated adult leaders, Girl Scout Troop 128 created a one-of-a-kind health event at the Salvation Army Hope Center  Emergency Shelter For Women and Children on Saturday, April 8th. Many UT Health San Antonio campus departments, including the library, volunteered to make this event a success. Women and children who attended the event were treated to many fun and educational activities revolving around  nutrition, exercise, relaxation, health screenings, and more.

Shown above, librarian Kirsten Lorenzen uses an anatomy model to show carnival attendees how to identify organs in the body. Crayons and handouts were available for kids to color in order to learn how to identify nutritious fruits and vegetables.  Girl Scout troop member, Carolina Toboada, eagerly helped at the library exhibit table handing out crayons and coloring sheets.

To achieve the Girl Scout Silver Award,  troop members have also created a website, Worthy Women, that provides support information to homeless women.

To learn more about how the UT Health Libraries can partner with you on community outreach events, contact Peg Seger segerp@uthscsa.edu.