About the Library

Laredo Library Staff Provides Summer AHEC Orientations & Tours


The Laredo Regional Campus Library staff has already been busy this summer providing orientations and tours for students attending the many summer programs offered by the Mid Rio Grande Valley Area Health Education Center (MRGV AHEC). It is hoped that many of these students will go on to careers as area health professionals in order to help reduce the lack of access to primary care in the Laredo area and surrounding border regions of Texas. Laredo is located in Webb County which is one of many South Texas counties designated as a medically underserved Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Library staff will also provide support for a new fellowship program in July, Epidemiology and Public Health Research. Planned in cooperation between the Laredo Regional Campus and Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), the program will be attended by 7 area high school students. Statistical software, SAS, has been installed on 4 desktops in the Library computer lab and 3 new book titles have been added to the Library collection in support of the program.

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC  summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical  models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Laredo area 6th & 7th grade students attending an AHEC
summer science camp enjoy looking at the anatomical
models at the Laredo Regional Campus Library

Erika Silva presents a Library orientation to over 75 MRGV  AHEC students attending a summer college preparatory  academy

Erika Silva presents a Library orientation to over 75 MRGV
AHEC students attending a summer college preparatory

Maria Cantu provides a library tour for over 30 AHEC  summer science camp students

Maria Cantu provides a library tour for over 30 AHEC
summer science camp students




Laredo Regional Campus Library

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m (noon) Closed

View the Laredo Library holiday schedule.

Address & Contact Information

1937 E. Bustamante St.
Laredo, TX 78041
(956) 523-7404 or (956) 523-7426

Library Services

Library Collection

The Laredo Regional Campus Library has full access to the electronic resources licensed by The Libraries. In addition, the library has a variety of print books and journals and a collection of consumer health materials.

Mr. Victor Oliveros, a pioneer in border health issues in Laredo/ Nuevo Laredo as a founder of the U.S. Mexico Border Health Commission, was Chief of Environmental Health Services for the City of Laredo Health Department. Mr. Oliveros retired in 2005 and donated many print materials and slides to the Laredo Regional Campus Library. Further information about Mr. Oliveros and border health can be found at http://library.uthscsa.edu/exhibits/oliveros.cfm.

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan

Books, articles, journals and other library materials located at the Briscoe Library in San Antonio may be requested by Laredo Campus personnel at no charge through Document Delivery. Materials not owned by the UTHSCSA Libraries may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. There may be no charge for some Interlibrary Loan materials. Please contact Chris Gaspard  at sifuentes@uthscsa.edu with questions. Articles not available online can usually be scanned and delivered electronically to the Laredo Regional Campus Library.


Wireless access is available in the library. Wireless users must register their laptops to access the network. Laptops can be registered by calling the Briscoe Library at (210) 567-2440.

Library computers are available with Internet, email, Microsoft Office products and provide access to all electronic resources available on the main campus. Printing is available.

Meetings at the Library

Meetings may be held in the Laredo Regional Campus Library. Study tables and chairs are available to all library visitors.

Training and Classes

Hands on training in the use of the library catalog, Ovid, PubMed, RefWorks and other resources is offered periodically or by request. A list of currently-scheduled training classes may be found online.

Libraries Receive NN/LM 2015-2016 Resource Library Award





The UT Health Center Libraries have received a 2015-2016 Resource Library Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) South Central Chapter (SCR). The award supports outreach services provided to communities in a 33-county area in South Texas through the Briscoe Library in San Antonio, the Ramirez Library in Harlingen and Laredo Regional Campus Library. The mission of the NN/LM is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to medical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. As one of 8 NN/LM Resource Libraries in Texas, the goal of the UT Health Science Center Libraries’ outreach initiative is twofold: (1) to provide health professionals with the means to support evidence-based practice, and (2) to provide health care consumers with the tools to make informed health care decisions. Through outreach activities, the Libraries promote resources produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Three of the many resources include MedlinePlus for access to reliable consumer health information, WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders), and PubMed for access to over 24 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Many of the resources of the NLM are available as mobile apps or sites. Library services include a wide variety of activities including classes, demonstrations, and participation in health fairs, and professional conferences.


4/14-15/15: South Texas Hurricane Conference

4/14-15/15: South Texas Hurricane Conference

4/9/15: 2015 School of Science and Technology Career Fair

4/9/15: 2015 School of Science and Technology Career Fair


Library and Outreach Services

Library staff provide services to assist library users from the UT Health Science Center and the community in finding and managing health sciences information resources efficiently. Circulation Desk staff are available during regular hours of operation to answer basic questions and help with locating items in the collection. Librarians at the Briscoe Library are on call Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to provide assistance with in-depth consultations and one-on-one instruction in using databases and resources.  Library staff in Laredo and at the Ramirez Library in Harlingen are available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Librarians can also be reached by telephone, email and instant messaging.

Library classes for August and September


Scan this code with your smartphone camera QR reader app to find library classes online.

The Libraries offer classes, consultations and other training to assist with the effective use of databases and research tools.  All library classes are free and open to all.  Register today to reserve your spot!

Schedule a Special Class
To schedule a special class or orientation for your department or group at other days/times, please contact the library at (210) 567-2450 or email AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Integrating Library Research Skills into Academic Course Content
Faculty are encouraged to integrate library research skills into course content.  Librarians are available to develop and teach classes that meet specific needs or are about a specific resource.  To learn more or to schedule a class, contact Katie Prentice at prenticek@uthscsa.edu or call 210-567-6606.

To register for a class or to see complete class descriptions, visit the Attend a Library Class page.

Briscoe Library – San Antonio

  • Using EBSCO CINAHL to Locate Nursing & Allied Health Information: August 9, 2012, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Library Basics: August 21, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to EndNote: August 22, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., LIB 2.011
  • Google Scholar for Scientific and Clinical Literature Searches: August 28, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to PubMed: September 5, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LIB 2.011
  • Introduction to RefWorks: September 6, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011
  • Creating and Presenting a Poster Session: September 12, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 4.074
  • Getting Started with Ovid Medline: September 17, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12 noon, LIB 2.011


Library Disaster Team

The Disaster Team Leader assumes a primary role in managing the disaster, working closely with the Executive Director of Libraries and other staff.  The Executive Director of Libraries will ultimately be responsible for all actions and decisions, based on advice from the Disaster Team.


The Library Disaster Team includes:

Executive Director of Libraries………………………………………………………………………… Rajia Tobia

Disaster Team Leader……………………………………………………………………………… Jonquil Feldman

Collection Resources Head………………………………………………………………………………  John Weed

Office Manager and Human Resources Representative………………………………. Herlinda Howard

Evacuation Management Team Coordinator………………………………………………….. Walter Creech

Library Technology Coordinator…………………………………………………………………..Jeremy Mercier

Records Management and Special Collections Restoration Coordinator…………. Jaclyn Georges

Photographers/Disaster Documentation Representatives……….. Robert Zuniga & Walter Creech


UT Health Science Center Disaster Support:

Chief, UT Police……………………………………………………………………………………….. Michael Parks

Asst VP for Environmental Health and Safety………………………………………… Michael Charlton

Asst VP for Campus Operations, Facilities Management…………………………….. Darrell Maatsch

The Disaster Team will:

  • Coordinate with emergency services (University Police, Facilities Management, Environmental Health and Safety) to determine when and where it is safe to enter the building.
  • Prepare for recovery.  Contact BMS Catastrophe (1-800-433-2940, 210-542-4180-cell).
  • Once staff are allowed back into the building, assess the nature and extent of damage and take photographs to document the damage.
  • Identify a disaster command post with necessary communication equipment, desks, and supplies for directing the recovery effort.
  • Work with BMS Catastrophe to assemble pallets, cartons, book trucks, and work crews.
  • Make salvage decisions and take action quickly because mold can start growing on wet materials within 48 hours.

For more details on handling specific emergencies, consult Procedures for Campus Emergency Situations.

Back to Disaster Plan

Library Divisions

Office of the Director

The Office of the Executive Director of Libraries, headed by Rajia Tobia, A.M.L.S., AHIP, Executive Director of Libraries, is responsible for overall planning, budget and personnel administration, building maintenance, staff development, and official communication with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and external institutions and organizations.

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.

Library and Outreach Services

The Library and Outreach Services division, led by Jonquil Feldman, M.A.L.S., AHIP, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, coordinates services to assist faculty, staff, students, researchers and the community in finding and managing health sciences information resources efficiently.

Access Services, headed by Chris Gaspard, M.L.I.S., Head of Access Services and Interlibrary Loan, staffs the Circulation Desk and keeps the library open 129 hours per week during the academic year. Circulation Desk staff process registration for borrowing privileges and off-campus access, check out or renew library materials, add money to print or photocopy accounts, receive fines and fees for Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery and Literature Search services, and issue guest computer passwords. Access Services staff are responsible for reshelving library materials and generally ensuring an inviting environment in which to study and do research. The Document Delivery service provides copies of library-owned materials in print or electronic format. Interlibrary Loan staff obtain materials not available in the Library’s collection from other libraries and also loans or provides copies of materials from our collection to other libraries.

Outreach Services, headed by Peg Seger, M.A., M.L.I.S., Head of Outreach Services, is anchored by an annual outreach subcontract with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) and by the Circuit Librarian Health Information Network (CLHIN).  Outreach activities include providing instruction on using PubMed, Medline Plus, and other health related databases to health professionals and the lay public at health fairs, professional meetings and community events. Accredited continuing education (CE) courses on using databases and other information resources are offered to nurses and pharmacists.

The CLHIN program provides information services to member hospitals and clinics in South Texas that have no other access to libraries or medical literature. Services include database searches on MEDLINE and other databases, document delivery and consultation on information management.

Click here to find out how you can contact library staff for assistance or to request a class or consultation.

Library Technology

Library Technology manages the library’s computer systems, Web site, and technical infrastructure.  Division staff also consult on issues related to scholarly communication.

The Web Team is responsible for design, development, and maintenance of all Health Science Center Libraries web sites, the staff intranet, and the web portions of the Digital Archive. The Web Team also offers usability consulting services to other departments on campus.

Library Systems is responsible for the library computer systems including library servers, software, hardware and peripherals for the public and staff, and for printing services. Library Systems staff install application software and maintain operating systems; assist library users with computer equipment and software; and are also responsible for the proper licensing of library software. Systems staff provide technical support to the public who are accessing library services from outside the library.

Special Collections

Special Collections is responsible for the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, the University Archives, and the UT Health Science Center’s records management program. The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library has nearly 5,000 books on the history of the health sciences. The University Archives houses important historical records for the university as well as manuscript collections and photographs documenting the history of medicine in San Antonio.  The records management program updates the Health Science Center Records Retention Schedule (RRS) and trains staff in records management practices. Records Management Representatives appointed in each department work with the library to protect vital records and to ensure the timely disposition of records based on the retention periods designated in the RRS.

The UTHSC Digital Archive, headed by the Digital Archive Team includes digital collections, historical materials from the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, theses and dissertations from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and documents relating to the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.

Library Hosts Girl Scout Troop 128!


On September 17th, a very accomplished group of 5th and 6th grade girls from Troop 128 got some pointers from UT Health Science Center librarians about Internet Safety, Health Literacy, and Community Outreach. A special bookmark, shown here, was designed just for the occasion. The girls and their leaders are planning a return trip to learn more about how to do research for an upcoming community nutrition project. The project is part of the activities the girls will complete in working toward the Silver Award which is the highest award a Cadette can receive. Through the project, the girls will help a community by providing education about healthy food choices at a homeless shelter for women.

The girls also met with President William L. Henrich, M.D. during their campus visit and got a full tour of the Briscoe Library including the rare books in the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the new library 3-D printer in action. Girls from the troop attend Saint Matthew Catholic School and their troop leader, Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, M.D. is a member of the faculty at the UT Health Science Center. Troop co-leader Stephanie Rowan RN, MSN, is a research nurse at the School of Dentistry.

The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, headquartered in San Antonio, serves over 23,500 Girl Scouts across 21 counties.

Library Policies


Library Technology: Jeremy Mercier

Office Phone:  210-562-6805

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

Regular Duties related to Disaster Planning and Response

  • Follows guidelines in the Business Continuity Plan
  • Coordinates maintenance of temporary library Web site with access to key information resources to be hosted off-site
  • Activates the temporary website as needed

Coordinates with UT Health Science Center Systems, Network and Operations (SNO) & Academic Technology Services (ATS) to:

  • Develop backup plan to minimize loss of access to servers and resources
  • Secure and reestablish computer network and systems
  • Reestablish telephone connections
  • Reestablish computer security system

Coordinates with Property Control and Facilities Management to:

  • Remove damaged or destroyed equipment
  • Identify appropriate means for disposal of destroyed equipment (there are EPA guidelines for disposal of many types of equipment including printers and photocopiers)

Works with Executive Director and Office Manager to:

  • Replace destroyed equipment
  • Identify key servers and equipment that should be restored first


Back to Library Disaster Team list.