Library Services

Welcome from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries

Briscoe Library

Briscoe Library

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff.  Here is some information about the libraries, collections and services:

  • The Libraries consist of the Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Long Campus in San Antonio, the Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen, the Regional Campus Library in Laredo, and an unstaffed library at the Texas Research Park outside San Antonio. The Library Home Page can be found at www.library.uthscsa.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • The Briscoe Library is open until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights during the regular school year, from September to May. Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study. Branch libraries can be accessed with a UT Health Science Center ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed. Full details on library hours, policies and contact information are provided here.
  • We have an extensive print and online collection of health sciences books and journals.  Over 95% of our journals are available online. Electronic Course Reserves are accessed through the University’s Blackboard system.
  • Library services include circulation, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and other resources, interlibrary loan, community outreach, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources for mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.
  • Registration: You must be registered to check out library items. Students and Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their library registration annually using the Borrower Registration or Renewal Form.
  • Off campus access to our online collections requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.
  • UT Health Science Center computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account; we also provide guest computers for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read our Computer Use Policy.
  • We strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  We have a variety of study areas including open seating; individual study rooms, which are first come first served; and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. We provide electrical outlets and data lines wherever possible.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on our web page on Library Policies.

We look forward to seeing you, and hope you will feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collections and space.

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

feldman@uthscsa.edu

 

Welcome from the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff. Here are some things you need to know about using the libraries in San Antonio (Briscoe Library and Texas Research Park), Harlingen (Ramirez Library) and the Laredo Regional Campus library:

  • The website for The Libraries provides links to the catalog, databases, classes, services, hours of operation, policies and contact information for each library (http://library.uthscsa.edu/ ). You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Faculty, staff and students must register to check out or renew materials, or to use services by submitting the Borrower Registration or Renewal Form (http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/using/borrower.pdf).  Students and house staff must renew their library registration annually. 
  • We have an extensive print and online collection of books and journals.  Library services include circulation and reserves, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and bibliographic management software, expert database searches and consultations, interlibrary loan, community outreach, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources for mobile devices.
  • Librarians offer classes on a wide range of topics designed to enable efficient use of research tools and to promote evidence-based practice. A list of regularly scheduled classes is available online.  Classes are also offered by arrangement with faculty or university departments (http://library.uthscsa.edu/gethelp/classes.cfm ).
  • More than 100 computers are available in the Briscoe Library on the Long Campus, including 25 in the library computer classroom on the 2nd floor. Branch libraries are also equipped with computers.  UT Health Science Center computer users at the Briscoe Library log on using their UTHSCSA domain account; non-HSC guests obtain a login code from the Circulation staff and are limited to one hour per day. Please read our Computer Use Policy (http://www.library.uthscsa.edu/about/computeruse.cfm).
  • Librarians and library staff strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in all libraries. Wireless laptop use is available throughout all the libraries, and we provide electrical outlets and data lines wherever possible.  A variety of study areas are available, including open seating, individual study rooms that are first come first served, and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more UT Health Science Center affiliates. At the Briscoe Library, room reservations are made at the Circulation Desk, by email at AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu or by phone at (210) 567-2440. Study room reservations must include the names of two persons who will use the room.  Contact the branch libraries to make reservations at those locations.
  • Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library building are available for after-hours study.

Librarians and library staff look forward to seeing you at one of the UT Health Science Center Libraries or in your classroom or office.  We encourage you to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collection and space. 

Jonquil Feldman

Director of Briscoe Library Services

 

Welcome new residents!

The UT Health Science Center Libraries’ staff welcomes new residents to our campuses.  As current affiliated members of the Health Science Center community,  residents have access to e-journals, e-books, and databases as well as access to materials located at  San Antonio, Harlingen and Laredo branches.

Screenshot of new off campus log in systemOnline access to e-journals, e-books, and databases begins from the moment you have an active UTHSCSA Domain Account.  After clicking on library website links, click the “Current Faculty, Staff, & Students” choice to login.  This same login/password used for UT Health Science Center computers, Blackboard, and Inside.UTHSCSA is used for online access to library materials and for requesting interlibrary loans (ILL).

The first time you visit the library to check out a book, library staff will ask you to complete a brief form to set up your in-library account.

Regular classes, including EndNote, RefWorks, PubMed, and Ovid Medline, are offered at the Libraries and are open to everyone.  In the event our regular classes conflict with your schedule, call or email to request a consultation with a librarian.  With advance notice, we can accommodate most requests for personal assistance.  You are also welcome to request special classes for groups or departments.  View the Library Events Calendar for upcoming classes: http://library.uthscsa.edu/events/.

In addition to classes and consultations, librarians are available at the Briscoe Library Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm for your immediate information needs.  While the Briscoe Library does not have a traditional reference desk, reference and information services are available in-person, via email – askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu, telephone – 210-567-2450, and instant message http://library.uthscsa.edu/2011/10/get-help/.

Good links to bookmark:

Again, welcome!  If you have questions about our services or resources, let us know.

Katie Prentice

Head of Education and Information Services

Welcome to the UT Health Science Center Libraries

Librarians and library staff would like to welcome new and returning students, residents, faculty, and staff.  Here is some information about the libraries, collections, and services:

The Libraries consist of:

  • The Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library at the Long Campus in San Antonio
  • The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor , Briscoe Library
  • The Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library (unstaffed) at the Texas Research Park.
  • The Mario E. Ramirez, M.D. Library at the Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen
  • The Regional Campus Library in Laredo.

The Library Home Page can be found at www.library.uthscsa.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Hours and Access

Clock by nicola.albertiniThe Briscoe Library is open to students, residents, faculty and staff until 2:00 a.m. on weeknights and until midnight on weekends during the regular school year, from September to May.  ID cards are required for entry during some hours of operation.  Summer and holiday hours vary. The 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library is available for 24 hour study by UT Health Science Center ID card access. Branch libraries can be accessed with an ID card on an extended schedule when those libraries are not staffed.  Full details on library hours and contact information are provided here.

Collections

The library has an extensive print and online collection of health sciences books and journals.  Over 95% of our journals are available online. Electronic Course Reserves are accessed through the University’s Blackboard system.

Services

Library services include circulation, reference and research assistance, instruction in use of databases and other resources, interlibrary loan, community outreach programs, help with using library printers, copiers and scanners, and support for using resources on mobile devices. See the Get Help page for details.

Classes

Clinical Foundations Class 2013Librarians teach classes on library research, critical appraisal, finding evidence based practice literature, databases, bibliographic management tools (EndNote/RefWorks), poster presentations, and technology topics, and more. Regular classes are announced on the website and in News from the Libraries. Librarians also offer one on one instruction and classes for courses, special groups and departments upon request. Contact us about scheduling a class!

Registration

You must be registered as a library borrower to check out library items. Registration forms are available online.  Clinical or Adjunct Faculty must renew their registration annually by September 1.

Off Campus Access

Off Campus Access to library databases and online books and journals requires logging in with a UTHSCSA domain account or, for Clinical or Adjunct Faculty, with a Library ID and PIN that are set up during registration.

Library Computers

UT Health Science Center affiliated computer users at all libraries must log on using their UTHSCSA domain account.  Guest computers are provided for use by patients, families and others doing research. Please read the library’s Computer Use Policy for more details.

Study Spaces

Study SpaceWe strive to make the library a welcoming place to study.  The library’s study areas include open seating, individual study rooms, which are first come first served, and group study rooms, which may be reserved for two or more users. Study rooms are restricted to use by UT Health Science Center affiliates. Wireless access is available throughout the Briscoe Library and branch libraries. Whiteboards, electrical outlets and internet cables are available in locations throughout the libraries.  Food and covered drinks are permitted in the libraries. More information can be found on the library’s web page on Library Policies.

We look forward to seeing you in the library, and hope you will feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on our services, collections and amenities.

Jonquil Feldman
Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services
feldman@uthscsa.edu
 
 

Whiteboard walls? We’re trying them out on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library

Whiteboard WallsWhiteboard walls are being tested in three group study rooms on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library.  If they prove to be durable and problem-free, they will be installed in additional study rooms.

The walls use whiteboard film that is applied over a prepared wall surface, beginning three feet from the floor and extending to the ceiling.  Special markers are available in each room, and must be used on the whiteboard surface.