Using the Library

Area Health Professional Service Area

Counties included in the UT Health Libraries service area for area health professionals (AHPs):

Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Frio, Jim Wells, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, LaSalle, Live Oak, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Nueces , Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zavala

For service outside of these counties, please contact your nearest medical library:

Houston Academy of Medicine Texas Medical Center Library — Houston

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Moody Medical Library — Galveston

University of North Texas Health Science Center Lewis Health Science Center Library — Fort Worth

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Library — Dallas

Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library — College Station

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Library of the Health Sciences — Lubbock

Scott & White Memorial Hospital Richard D. Haines Medical Library — Temple

Texas Medical Association Library — Austin

Coming Later This Fall: New Library Furniture and Space Arrangements

Thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund, the Library will be developing new small scale furniture arrangements and installing other new furniture options later this Fall as part of a pilot space design project. Three spaces will be developed to enhance areas for student individual study, group study, and relaxation.

Individual study chairs or pods will be installed on the 3rd and 4th floors. The relaxation area will be located on the 5th floor adjacent to a new collaboration study area comprised of two counter-height tables, stools, and whiteboards. Feedback from students will guide the library on expanding furniture and space design options in the future.

Stay tuned for updates. See below for illustrations.

3rd Floor – Front corner window area – 2 pods for individual study

4th Floor – Columns adjacent to the front window area – 6 pods for individual study

5th Floor – Relaxation spaces and group study collaboration tables

Fresh Food and Coffee Machines are Coming!

Here’s a sneak peek at Briscoe library’s new vending machines waiting in the warehouse for shipment.

The fresh food, coffee, and snack machines are expected to arrive before the end of September.

Having these vending machines means that food and coffee will be available for students in the library 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You will no longer have to leave campus when you get hungry at night or on weekends, food and coffee will be right here in the library!

Get Some Exercise at the Library!

Did you know that you can exercise and study at the same time?

Well, now you can, and you will have a great view of our beautiful campus!

Come to the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library to check out the new equipment.

There are 3 exercise bikes with attached desk-tops that can be used night or day, 24/7/365.

Standing power hubs are also available to charge your phone or laptop while you are exercising.

Stay tuned for a treadmill desk coming soon.

Library Policies

 

Library Space Planning: UT Health Library Staff Visit UT Austin Libraries

 

UT Health Library Senior Director Owen Ellard and staff librarians traveled to the UT Austin campus in December to tour recently renovated library space as shown above. Hosted by UT Austin Library staff, the tours allowed time for discussion of renovation and space planning to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.  Areas toured included the UT Austin Fine Arts Library and its new maker space called “The Foundry” as well as newly renovated areas of the Perry-Castaneda main library. The transformation of library space was made visible through the range of technology, furniture, and artwork used throughout the UT Austin Library spaces.  In light of recent print shelf removal at the UT Health Briscoe Library as shown below, librarians and staff will be working with students and faculty to adapt the newly open spaces to meet the needs of UT Health campus communities.

Literature Search Services

UT Health San Antonio Librarians are available to conduct mediated searches for UT Health San Antonio faculty, staff, residents and researchers.  Non-affiliated patrons are welcome to come in to the library to receive assistance from librarians or to search available resources on their own.  UT Health San Antonio students should contact their Library Liaison for assistance/training on how to search databases and other library resources.

Complete this form to request a search of library databases by a librarian. Once the form is submitted, you will be contacted by a librarian to discuss the search. Results generally include citations, abstracts (when available), and/or links to other relevant resources. If you have any questions about the literature search process, please contact Library Information Services at (210) 567-2450 or email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

Costs – There is no cost for UT Health San Antonio affiliates (including clinical faculty).

New Study Rooms Open for Reservations

Looking for more places to study? We have an answer for you.

An additional 22 classrooms on the Library Building 2nd floor are now open and available for after-hours and weekend reservations in the library reservation system. This includes the library computer lab, 2.011.

All of the classrooms will remain open 24/7/365 and reservations are available Mon-Fri between the hours of 6 pm to 7 am and on weekends from 6 pm Friday night to 7 am Monday morning.

Lounge areas and microwaves are also available on the 2nd floor. Direct access to the rooms on the 2nd floor is available through the library 24/7/365.

Please keep in mind that all student study space reservations on the 2nd floor are subject to availability with preference given to academic and non-academic events.

Student Olivia Hart Inspires Exercise Desks at Briscoe Library

Olivia Hart
MD Candidate 2021
UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine

Based on her experience at the Health Sciences Library at the University of Colorado, Olivia Hart first proposed the idea of exercise desks to the UT Health Briscoe Library in the fall of 2017. With Olivia’s recommendations, the library identified some highly rated bike and treadmill options to consider. Olivia proposed the options to fellow Class of 2021 students in a poll to see which would prove the most popular. Based on the results of the poll and other feedback from library surveys, one treadmill desk and three exercise bikes were purchased by the Library.

By the spring of 2018, space was cleared in a light-filled area on the Library 5th floor that offers great views of the campus. The exercise equipment is available to everyone in the UT Health community 24/7/365.

Thank you to Olivia and all of the students who participated in this project!

 

Technology Sandbox Coming Soon to the UT Health Briscoe Library

 

The Briscoe Library Technology Sandbox, an area with interactive work spaces and some of the newest technology to enhance medical education, is quickly coming together on the main floor of the library. Comfortable seating, desks, and a large worktable have been installed along with a 75 inch monitor now available for use. Soon, the space will feature a 3-D printer and computers for working with some of the latest 3-D visualization and virtual technology software. The technology will include an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for students and faculty to interact with anatomy in two new, immersive ways: The Body VR and 3-D Organon VR Anatomy. The Body VR allows the user to travel through the bloodstream to discover how blood cells function and how organelles work together to fight viruses. The 3-D Organon VR Anatomy is described by Oculus as “the world’s first fully-featured virtual reality anatomy atlas.”

Also shown above is a newly installed exhibit in the Sandbox area entitled Transforming Anatomy: Then and Now. The exhibit features materials from the PI Nixon Medical Historical Library illustrating the timeline of the study of anatomy including the original works of Andreas Vesalius considered to be the father of modern anatomy. Come see how far we have come from the original anatomy masters to the latest in technology and software.

Watch for announcements regarding a launch event for the Technology Sandbox. Contact John Weed at WeedJ@uthscsa.edu for more information.

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