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’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.