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Laredo Library Holiday Schedule 2016-2017


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Day Date Holiday Laredo Campus Card Swipe Access* Public Access Hours**
Friday September 2 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday September 3   7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday September 4 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday September 5 Labor Day  7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Wednesday November 23  
7 am – 10 pm
9 am – 5 pm
Thursday November 24 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 25 University Holiday 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Saturday November 26   7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday November 27 7 am – 2:30 am CLOSED
Friday December 16 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday December 17 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 18 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday December 19
7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday December 20
7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday December 21 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday December 22 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 5 pm
Friday December 23 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday December 24  Christmas Eve 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday December 25  Christmas Day CLOSED CLOSED
Monday December 26  University Holiday
7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Tuesday December 27* 7 am – 2:30 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday December 28* 7 am – 2:30 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday December 29* 7 am – 2:30 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Friday December 30* 7 am – 2:30 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday December 31 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Sunday January 1  New Year’s Day 2017 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday January 2   University Holiday 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Tuesday January 3  Resume Regular Hours 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
 * University Mission Critical Holiday
Monday January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 7 am – 10 pm CLOSED
Monday March 13 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday March 14 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday March 15 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Thursday March 16 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Friday March 17 Spring Break 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 pm
Sunday April 16 Easter Sunday 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Friday April 28* Battle of Flowers 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
 * University Mission Critical Holiday, date subject to change
Friday May 26 7 am – 10 pm 8 am – 12 noon
Saturday May 27 7 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday May 28 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday May 29 Memorial Day 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
Monday July 3 7 am – 10 pm 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday July 4 Independence Day 7 am – 2:30 pm CLOSED
*Access for UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus card holders

** Access for UT Health Science Center and public users



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 library electronic resources. There is also 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.

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan

Books, articles, journals and other library materials located at the main Briscoe Library may be requested by TRP personnel at no charge through Document Delivery. Materials not owned by the library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan. There may be no charge for some Interlibrary Loan materials. 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 Disaster Team

The Disaster Team Leader assumes a primary role in managing the disaster, working closely with the Senior Library Director and other staff.  The Senior Library Director will ultimately be responsible for all actions and decisions, based on advice from the Disaster Team, and in collaboration with University Police, Facilities Management, and Environmental Health and Safety.


The Library Disaster Team includes:

Senior Director of Libraries……………………………………………………………………………… Owen Ellard

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

        Resource Management Head………………………………………………………………………..  Andrea Schorr

Branch Libraries & Community Engagement…………………………………………………………  Peg Seger

Human Resources and Business Administrator…………………………………………. Herlinda Howard

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

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

Records Management Coordinator………………………………………………………………….. Owen Ellard

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 Owen Ellard, MLIS, MA, Senior 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.

Resource Management

The purpose of the Resource Management division, led by Andrea N. Schorr, MSIS, is to manage and develop services and resources that support the teaching, learning and research needs of the UT Health Science Center community. The Resource Management division oversees three main service areas within the library: Collection Development, Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery, and Special Collections.

Collection Development services include the acquisition, maintenance, and assessment of print and electronic collections, licensing, cataloging, course reserves, the digital archive, and binding services.

Interlibrary Loan/Borrowing services provide delivery of articles and books that are not in the library collection by requesting them from another library. In addition, interlibrary loan also fulfills requests from other libraries for items that are in the HSC collection. Document Delivery services provide copies of library-owned materials in print or electronic format.

Special Collections services provide access to a unique set of historical works in the P.I. Nixon Historical Library, which include rare books, University Archives, and various local historical documents.

Simulation and Immersion Technology

The purpose of the Simulation and Immersion Technology division is to develop, implement, maintain, and assess a service infrastructure for a suite of 3D and digital anatomy solutions. This division will support and integrate current and new simulation, immersion, and virtual technologies for collaboration across the campus community.

Outreach & Community Engagement

The purpose of the Outreach & Community Engagement division, led by Peg Seger, MA, MLIS, is to expand utilization of Library services, initiatives and innovations among the various user groups within the UT Health Science Center campus and to promote awareness of the Library and its resources to the broader South Texas community. The division develops expertise and ideas to assist the various components of the Library in promoting products and services and collaborates with other Library divisions to determine appropriate and relevant messages.

It coordinates Library programming and communications to engage faculty, staff, students, and researchers with Library resources and services and promotes effective access to quality health science information to the broader community. Programming for the broader community 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). Program activities include providing instruction on using health related databases to health professionals and the public at health fairs, professional meetings and community events. The CLHIN program provides information services to member hospitals and clinics in South Texas that have no other access to libraries or medical literature.

Circulation Services

Circulation Services headed by Louie Barcenes, 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.

Library Liasons

The liaison librarians, led by Jonquil Feldman, MALS, AHIP, Associate Library Director, serve as a single point of contact at each school for library instruction and research services. Liaisons work with the faculty or program directors to plan and develop curriculum-integrated courses on use of library databases, evidence-based practice health information, and citation management. They participate on curriculum committees as well as other campus groups. The liaison librarians participate in systematic reviews, and provide reference services and customized instruction.

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 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, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to provide assistance with in-depth consultations and one-on-one instruction in using databases and resources. Library staff in Laredo are available Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Librarians can also be reached by telephone, email and instant messaging.

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 Senior Director of Libraries and Business Administrator to:

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


Back to Library Disaster Team list.