Hours and Locations

Briscoe Library Closed – Coronavirus Response

Briscoe Library Holiday Schedule

UT Health  students, faculty and staff have access to the Briscoe Library during the days and hours indicated, ID cards are required for entry. There is currently no access for public users.

Day Date Holiday Access Hours
Friday Dec 18 7 am – 6 pm
Saturday Dec 19 CLOSED
Sunday Dec 20 CLOSED
Monday Dec 21   8 am – 6 pm
Tuesday Dec 22  8 am – 6 pm
Wednesday Dec 23  8 am – 5 pm
Thursday Dec 24 Christmas Eve CLOSED
Friday Dec 25 Christmas Day CLOSED
Saturday Dec 26 CLOSED
Sunday Dec 27 CLOSED
Monday Dec 28* Mission Critical Day 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday Dec 29* Mission Critical Day 8 am – 5 pm
Wednesday Dec 30 8 am – 5 pm
Thursday Dec 31 8 am – 5 pm
Friday Jan 1, 2021 New Year’s Day CLOSED
Saturday Jan 2 CLOSED
Sunday Jan 3 CLOSED
Monday Jan 4 Resume normal hours 7 am – 8 pm
* University Mission Critical Holiday
Monday Jan 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday April 4 Easter Sunday 10 am6 pm
Friday May 28 7 am – 8 pm
Saturday May 29 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday May 30 10 am – 6 pm
Monday May 31 Memorial Day CLOSED


Briscoe Library Reopening

In a modified reopening plan for the fall semester, the UT Health Briscoe Library will be reopening study space for individualized study on Tuesday, September 8th. While there will be limits imposed by campus social distancing guidelines, preparations are being made to provide a safe study space environment for everyone. Campus guidelines will be in full effect, requiring everyone to wear a face mask at all times and maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Open hours will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The library will remain closed on weekends. Access to the library will be through card swipe and is only for current students, faculty, and staff. The library will continue to offer virtual services and will remain actively engaged in supporting online learning. For additional information, please click here or contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu.

Working together to keep us all safe.

Briscoe Meeting Rooms & Classrooms

Briscoe Library

Library Meeting Rooms and Classrooms may be used only by UT Health students, faculty, and staff.

Computer Lab (LIB 2.011)

Library Computer Lab - Room 2.011

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Capacity: 25

Availability: Must be reserved for classes. Available for computer use when not reserved.

Reservations: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Reservation Request Form

Features: Projector, instructor station, videoteleconferencing (VTC) equipment. Internet access, Microsoft Office and whiteboards are available.

Notes: Special software can be installed on these computers with advanced notice.  Please see the room policies.


Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

Table set up in LIB 4.074

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Capacity: 20-24

Availability: Must be reserved for meetings.  Open for study when not reserved. Setup for training events using laptops must be arranged with the UT Health IT Service Desk.

Reservations–UT Health affiliates only:

Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Reservation Request Form

Nights and Weekends: Self-service online reservation tool

Features: Room-wide wireless. General conference/meeting room. Projector, phone line, whiteboard. Telephone not provided. Tables have built-in electrical outlets.

Notes: Please see the room policies.


Howe Conference Room (LIB 5.070)

Howe Conference Room

Howe Conference Room 2

Capacity: 20

Availability: Must be reserved for meetings.  Open for study when not reserved.


Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Reservation Request Form

Nights and Weekends: Self-service online reservation tool

Features: Modular meeting space with tables and chairs on wheels. Projector, instructor podium, wireless connectivity. Support for laptop or projection must be arranged with the UT Health IT Service Desk.

Notes: This room is only available for booking to university faculty and staff.  Because the room houses more than 1500 rare books this room has special guidelines that must be observed. View the guidelines.

Laredo Library Holiday Schedule 2020-2021

View the University Holiday Schedule

Day Date Holiday Laredo Campus Card Swipe Access** Public Access Hours***
***The Laredo Regional Campus Library is currently not open to public users.
Friday September 4 CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday  September 5   CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday September 6 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday September 7 Labor Day  CLOSED CLOSED
Wednesday November 25  
9 am – 1:00 pm
Thursday November 26 Thanksgiving Day CLOSED CLOSED
Friday November 27 University Holiday CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday November 28   CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday November 29 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday December 21 9 am – 3:30 pm CLOSED
Tuesday December 22 9 am – 3:30 pm CLOSED
Wednesday December 23   9 am – 3:00 pm CLOSED
Thursday December 24
Friday December 25 Christmas Day CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday December 26 CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday December 27 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday December 28* Mission Critical Day CLOSED CLOSED
Tuesday December 29* Mission Critical Day CLOSED CLOSED
Wednesday December 30 CLOSED CLOSED
Thursday December 31 CLOSED CLOSED
Friday January 1 New Year’s Day CLOSED CLOSED
Saturday January 2 CLOSED CLOSED
Sunday January 3 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday January 4 Resume Normal Hours 9 am – 1 pm CLOSED
 * University Mission Critical Holiday
Monday January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day TBD CLOSED
Sunday April 4 Easter Sunday CLOSED CLOSED
Friday April 23 Holiday Break TBD CLOSED
 * University Mission Critical Holiday, date subject to change
Friday May 28 TBD CLOSED
Saturday May 29 CLOSED CLOSED
Monday May 31 Memorial Day CLOSED CLOSED
**Access for UT Health Science Center Laredo Regional Campus card holders may require assistance from campus police office.

*** Access for UT Health Science Center and public users, currently N/A.

Laredo Regional Campus Library

Due to Covid-19, the Laredo Regional Campus Library will remain closed until further notice. Requests for assistance can be made through the UT Health Briscoe Library in San Antonio.


Briscoe Library Information Line (Mon-Fri 7:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sat-Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.) – 210-567-2440 
Briscoe Library Reference Line (Mon-Fri 8 am – 5 pm) – 210-567-2450 

For more information, please contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-6398.

Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday
Closed until further notice Closed until further notice Closed

View the Laredo Library holiday schedule.


1937 E. Bustamante St.
Laredo, TX 78041

Library Services

Library Collection

The Laredo Regional Campus Library has full access to all UT Health San Antonio Briscoe Library electronic resources through the Briscoe Library home page at library.uthscsa.edu. Remote access to electronic resources is available to all currently affiliated UT Health faculty, students or staff. The library also holds a small collection of print books, journals, and consumer health materials on site.

Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan

Books, articles, journals and other library materials located at the main Briscoe Library in San Antonio can be requested by Laredo staff, faculty or students at no charge through Document Delivery. Articles not available online can usually be scanned and delivered electronically to the Laredo Regional Campus Library.

Materials not owned by the Briscoe Library can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. There is no charge for most Interlibrary Loan materials.  For more information, visit Home – Interlibrary Loan – LibGuides at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (uthscsa.edu). Contact Andrea Schorr at schorr@uthscsa.edu for additional assistance.


Wireless access is available in the library. UT Health wireless users must register their laptops to access the network.

Library computers are available with Internet, email, Microsoft Office products and provide access to all electronic resources available on the UT Health San Antonio main campus.

Training and Classes

Hands-on training on the use of the library catalog, databases, and other resources is offered by request. Please contact Peg Seger at segerp@uthscsa.edu or 210-567-6398.

Library Hours during Spring Break

There will be a change in extended hours next week.  Please note our schedule:



Open Hours

Extended Hours*

Saturday March 12 9 am – 10 pm 7 am – midnight
Sunday March 13 10 am – midnight 7 am – 2:00 am
Monday March 14 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Tuesday March 15 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Wednesday March 16 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Thursday March 17 SPRING BREAK 7 am – midnight No extended hours
Friday March 18 SPRING BREAK 7 am – 10 pm No extended hours
Saturday March 19 9 am – 10 pm 7 am – midnight
Sunday March 20 10 am – midnight 7 am – 2:00 am


*Extended Hours are for UT Health Science Center students, faculty and staff with valid ID cards (which are required for entry).

Library services such as circulation, photocopying, printing, computer access, and reference assistance will not be affected.

 View the Briscoe Library schedule >

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.

P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Interior photograph of the Nixon Library

The Special Collections of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio houses approximately 6,000 rare and classic texts in the history of medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health care disciplines, dating from the 15th to early 20th centuries. TheHoAClass2016_6 Nixon Library also houses the University Archives and a small collection of local historical documents.

The Nixon Library is located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library and is open by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Tours of the Nixon Library, including viewings of the rare books, can also be arranged by making an appointment. For more information contact Andrea N. Schorr, Head of Collection Resources at (210) 567-2403 or specialcollections@uthscsa.edu.

Please review the Special Collections Policy prior to your visit.

A Brief History

San Antonio physician and historian Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon was the founder of the Bexar County Medical Library Association in 1919. Dr. Nixon was an avid collector of rare books, and his efforts helped the Bexar County Medical Library accumulate a large collection of historical medical books. This collection of books was donated to the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, Texas in 1970. The collection was named after Dr. Nixon in honor of his tireless efforts to build it, and is housed in the Briscoe Library. Strengths of the Nixon collection are in the areas of ophthalmology, surgery, and anatomy. To learn more about Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon, visit the P.I. Nixon information page.


Rare Books

Originally donated to the Health Science Center in the early 1970s by the Bexar County Medical Society, the superb core collection of over 6,000 volumes includes original works by Andreas Vesalius (De Humani Corporis Fabrica – 1543), Bernhard Siegfried Albinus (Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body – 1749), Aulus Cornelius Celsus (De Medicina – 1481), Avicenna (Ibn Sina) (The Canon of Medicine – 1486), Robert Burton (Anatomy of Melancholy – 1632), and Robert Hooke (The Micrographia – 1667).

The library regularly features a historical book of the month on the Treasures of the P.I. Nixon Historical Blog


University Archives

The University Archives serves as a repository for the preservation of historically significant university records and contains over 531 linear feet of publications, papers, and other records that document the history of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Items in this collection include university publications, correspondence from key officials, meeting minutes, yearbooks, videos, photographs, oral histories, and more.

Local Historical Documents

The Nixon Library also houses several manuscript collections that are related to the history of medicine and health care in Bexar County and South Texas. The manuscripts range in years from 1800-1930, and many include photographs, letters, and journals. Visit the Archives Projects page to view a list of archival collections that have been digitized.

Finding aids for many of our archival collections can be found on the Texas Archival Resources Online Repository.

Archives Request Form: Request photos or documents from the Library Archives

For more information about the Archives visit the Archives Policies page. To make an appointment to view archival materials contact Mellisa DeThorne, Special Collections Assistant, at 210-567-2470 or dethorne@uthscsa.edu.

Digital Archive

Visit the Digital Archive

Select materials from the Nixon Library have been digitized and added to the library’s Digital Archive. The Digital Archive consists of four main collections: History of Medicine, University History, Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and DNP projects, and University Records. Each of these collections promotes and preserves historically significant resources and facilitates learning and creativity. To learn more about these collections visit the Digital Archive page.

For questions about the library’s Digital Archive contact the digital archive team at DigitalArchive@uthscsa.edu.

The Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library

Interested in learning more about the history of medicine? Join the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library group. The Nixon Library has an active Friends group that meets regularly to view presentations and discuss a variety of topics about the history of medicine. Membership is open to all. For more information, visit the Friends page.

The Friends group has also purchased a collection of popular books about the history of medicine which are available for check-out. The books highlight significant periods and events in medical history and are located in the library’s general collection. To view a complete list of titles and locations click here.


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