About the Library

Faculty from Other Institutions

Faculty at many San Antonio colleges and universities and all state university system faculty are eligible for a wide variety of privileges, including:

  • 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)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)
  • Typewriter

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

Note: Faculty from other institutions around the state may qualify as TexShare borrowers.

 Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed


14 days



1 week


Print Reserves materials (in-house use only)

3 hours


Library Registration

Faculty from other institutions 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.
  • A Faculty ID card, proof of current employment (if not indicated on the card) and state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport) are required to register.
  • Borrowing privileges are valid for one year from date of issue and may be extended annually.
  • 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. Select library materials may be renewed in person or by calling the Circulation Desk at (210) 567-2440 or on the online catalog. Renewal will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.

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 second floor offers classroom and 24 hour study space. Ten lecture classrooms and three small group study rooms can be reserved through Scheduling and Facilities Data Management. Assistance with the classrooms is provided by the MD Labs office, located on the 2nd floor.

The Library Computer Classroom, Room 2.011, can be reserved at the Library Circulation Desk, by emailing askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu, or by calling 567-2450. 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. 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.

Third Floor

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

Library computers (PC and Mac), printers, and scanners 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

All print journals and books are shelved on the fourth floor (we also have many current journals electronically).

Campus offices for the Drug Information Service and the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics are also located on this floor. The Collaboratory (Room 4.074) can be reserved for classes, meetings or large group study.

Fifth Floor

The Library’s Special Collections and the Howe Conference Room are located on the Fifth Floor. The X-Ray collection is in Room 5.052. The School of Medicine Office of Undergraduate Medical Education is also on this floor.

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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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)

Get Help

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.

Call Us


  • 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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Stop By

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Briscoe Library drop-in help is available Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm.

Make an Appointment


Request an individual research consultation with a librarian. Contact your closest library location for details.


Self Help

Try a Tipsheet or our other “I Need to” pages.

getHIP 2008

Held on Saturday, June 7, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas the getHIP conference welcomed 121 school librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, health sciences librarians and others to promote a coordinated approach to school health.

Photograph of getHIP 2008 lecture attendeesAt the conference, in addition to keynote and panel presentations, an “experience fair” allowed attendees to exchange ideas with colleagues from a variety of schools, libraries and other organizations engaged in schools and public health. Attendees also worked together in small group exercises to generate specific ideas for collaborating across professional lines to promote a team approach to school health, following the CDC’s “coordinated school health program” model.

Photograph of getHIP 2008 attendees visiting a booth

Conference Resources

Conference Goals

  • Discuss best practices relevant to school health and identify specific information resources;
  • Explore strategies for disseminating current information about school health issues and health careers; and
  • Identify specific opportunities for collaboration among school librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, and health sciences librarians resulting in a team approach to school heath issues.

Second photograph of getHIP 2008 attendees at a boothContinuing Education

6 hours of continuing education credit were provided for nurses, school librarians and teachers.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

getHIP 2010


  • Increase awareness of health information resources especially relevant to students, teachers, and health professionals who work with them
  • Increase the capacity of librarians to develop career centers and promote health careers
  • Identify specific opportunities to develop a collaborative approach to the health issues of children and youth

Speakers Included

  • Dr. Pat Cooper – CEO/President of Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mario Martinez, MBA – San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
  • Ximena Urrutia-Rojas, DrPH, RN – UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • Paula Wissman, RN, MSN – Retired, Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas
  • Amanda Lopez, BS, CHES – South Central Area Health Education Center
  • Ann Vickman, MLS – Biblioteca Las Américas, Mercedes, Texas

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3505 with the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

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