About the Library

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

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 scheduling@uthscsa.edu.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. The Library is not responsible for unattended personal items.
  8. Requests for room use assistance and/or user verification should be directed to Library Staff on the 3rd floor.
  9. The Library reserves the right to refuse to reserve a room for any group or individual who abuses the facilities or policies.

(revised 9/25/09)

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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.

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  • Briscoe Library Information: 210-567-2450
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Request an individual research consultation with a librarian. Contact your closest library location for details.

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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:

Donate to the Libraries

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 tobia@uthscsa.edu.

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 weedj@uthscsa.edu if you are interested in donating materials to the UT Health Science Center Libraries.

 

Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., 1923-2010

Photo of Dolph BriscoeThe 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.

Reserve a Group Study Room

3rd Floor

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

4th Floor

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

5th Floor

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

Illustration of medieval medical practices by Hieronymus Brunschwig, 1494The 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.

Event Dates

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

Resources

P. I. Nixon Library Books Relating to Harry Potter’s World

“Harry Potter’s World” exhibition homepage from National Library of Medicine

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.

ALA and NLM Logos