Maintenance and Upgrades

Briscoe 5th floor public areas will be closed in late December

Briscoe Library 5th floorThe 5th floor of the Briscoe Library will be closed beginning December 18 through February 7, 2013 to complete work related to the recent renovation, including upgrades to the HVAC system and some ceiling and carpet modifications.

The Howe Conference Room, Special Collections and Office of Undergraduate Medical Education will continue to be available, except during Winter Break holidays.

For more information, please contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at


Briscoe Library 5th floor reopens with enhanced spaces for individual and group study

fth Floor BoothDuring December through early February, the final touches were completed on the renovation of the Briscoe Library’s 5th floor.  Included in the renovation were upgrades to the heating, ventilation and cooling system, new ceiling, lighting, carpeting and paint.  Along with new study furnishings and electrical upgrades that were installed earlier in 2012, the renovations make the 5th floor a popular place for students to gather and study.

Fifth Floor Group StudyStudy spaces are designed for both individual and collaborative work.  Group study rooms on the 5th floor are equipped with media:scape furniture and computer connections that allow for “walk-up and connect” use.  Groups using this technology can easily display computer presentations from more than one computer for interaction and collaboration.  White board walls in these rooms also allow for spontaneous display of study aids and notes on a large wall surface.

Fifth Floor CarrelsThe P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library and the University Archives office are also located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library, inspiring students and faculty to learn from the past as well as from the latest technology.

Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries







Briscoe Library elevator upgrades are now underway

UT Health Science Center Facilities has begun a project to replace the motors of the two main elevators in the Briscoe Library.  Work began on October 13 with the right side elevator, labeled L2. Repair of the  left side elevator,  L1, will begin on November 22. Most of the work will be done on the 2nd floor in the machine room behind the elevators.  Library staff will monitor the noise levels and ask Facilities to stop if the noise gets too loud, especially during phase exams and finals. A conservative estimate for completion is the end of February. 

For more information, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library Services at

Briscoe Library’s new furniture gets rave reviews

Group study rooms on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library are now equipped with media:scape tables.

The Briscoe Library went through some “growing pains” this year, with the construction of a suite of offices and removal of all of the books from the 5th floor. The end of August saw more changes as we closed the 5th floor for a week for installation of new furniture. Students were very gracious and understanding, perhaps because we clearly communicated the reason and because they were able to peek in and see the progress. The end result was worth the temporary inconvenience of having fewer available study tables in the library.

Thanks to collaboration between library administration and UT Health Science Center Facilities Management staff, the 5th floor now has a variety of study options, including 12 individual study rooms with lighted tables, 69 carrels, 32 booths, 9 club chairs, and innovative lounge seating. Electrical outlets are available in all study rooms, at every carrel, and at most of the booths. Twelve computers and four data connections for hardwired laptops are available.

Group study rooms are equipped with media:scapes like the one pictured here.  The media:scapes facilitate collaboration through shared viewing of what’s on an individual laptop screen. The X-Ray collection is still located in Room 5U and continues to be heavily used.

Student feedback has been very positive, and the proof is in how busy the 5th floor is throughout the day and into the evening. Future work, scheduled during the winter break, includes some aesthetic carpet and ceiling enhancements, improvements in lighting, and use of an innovative whiteboard paint in the group study rooms, which will increase the writing surface area from the current 4 x 6 ft whiteboards to the width of a wall.

For updates on future improvements and more photos of the changes to date, go to

Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services

ScienceDirect Maintenance

ScienceDirect will be offline for maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 05:00 PM on Saturday, 1 August. 

Students asked, and we listened: Technology upgrades in the Library

The Briscoe Library building was completed in 1983 when laptops, cell phones, iPods, iPads, and other mobile computing devices were just a gleam in someone’s imagination.  Today, most students and others who enter the library building have a need for electrical power to keep their mobile devices charged up and ready to go.  Students have often requested more electrical outlets in the Briscoe Library building for laptop use.

In 2009 and 2010, the Briscoe Library was upgraded with additional electrical outlets on the main floor Information Commons.  This still left the library lacking in electricity to most study tables on the upper floors.  As an interim measure, in August electrical power strips were added to a number of study tables on the 4th and 5th floors of the library.  In addition, D-rings were added to some study tables so students can easily attach laptop security cables.

Robert Zuniga, Library Technology Assistant, worked diligently to come up with a solution for laptop security and electrical improvements as well as completing the installation.  In addition to these improvements, badly worn study tables with peeling finishes have been laminated in order to restore a smooth finish and better appearance.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Robert Zuniga installs security anchors to library tables