About the Library

Meet Your Image of Research Judges

Briscoe Library is pleased to announce our panel of judges for the Image of Research Photography Competition!

Dr. Jaqueline Mok, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Bridgette Piernik-Yoder, Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
Dr. Charles France, Chair, Chemistry; Professor of Pharmacology; Professor of Psychiatry
Jo Ann Jordan, Assistant Professor, Clinical Director, Dental Hygiene
Dr. Maria Danet Bluhm, Associate Professor, School of Nursing
Ryan Chun, Student, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, September 21st. Visit library.uthscsa.edu/2018/04/ior to submit your photograph.

An awards reception is set to be held in the afternoon on Thursday, November 1st at Briscoe Library. We hope you will join us! Please stay tuned for more information.


Mobile Standing Desks Come to the Library

Beginning with standing height tables, study pods, and exercise desks that have been added to library study options over the past few years, there are now 10 new mobile standing desks available on floors 3, 4, and 5.

Students studying in the library can move the desks to take advantage of  window light and power outlets. Some students just prefer to stand while studying. For health benefits, the desks adjust from 29 to 45 inches allowing users to sit or stand.

Standing desks have often been requested by students and have been made possible thanks to an award from the Student Fee Fund. Thanks also to the quick work by library staff, desks were assembled and ready for use within days of delivery.


Louie Barcenes – Supervisor, Library Information Resources

New Hours for AskALibrarian Services – August 2016

Need Help? Get Help!

Check in with a librarian anytime between:
10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Email: askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu
Call: 210-567-2450
Instant Message

For more information, click here for the Get Help Page

New Library Hub: Site of Oculus Virtual Reality Demonstrations

Want to learn how to use the new Oculus Rift in the Library Hub? Now is your chance!

Virtual reality demonstrations are being scheduled for groups of students, faculty, or staff who would like to learn more. The Oculus offers a broad scope of possibilities for education as well as recreation.

To schedule a demonstration, email askalibrarian@uthscsa.edu.

New Library Reflection Room Dedicated During Fiesta Celebration


Omar Akram

Helen Fleck

It’s been a little over a year since a student group led by Omar Akram came to Briscoe Library with a proposal to set aside a room for a meditation space where students would be able to pray or meditate in privacy and comfort. Thanks to many campus collaborators on the project, a room was identified and eventually transformed into a new space that was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting and reception during Briscoe Library’s Fiesta Celebration on April 11th.

Doing the honors for the ribbon-cutting were Omar Akram and Helen Fleck, SGA Secretary. Pictured below are John Kaulfus, (Chief Student Affairs Officer, Title IX Director) representing the Office of Academic, Faculty and Student Affairs, Paulina Mazurek (Director of Wellness & Professional Formation) representing the Office for Undergraduate Medical Education, and Owen Ellard Senior Director of Libraries. Attending along with many other students, faculty and staff was Arthur Campos (Architect) representing the Office of Facilities Management and many of his team who worked on the creation of the room.

The room, decorated to inspire a reflective atmosphere, also features 6 black and white photos from a collection taken by campus photographer (Creative Media Services), Brandi Jenkins.

For more information about the room, please contact Peg Seger, segerp@uthscsa.edu.

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.

November NPR Book Club Choice



Come join us for a discussion of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks at the next NPR Book Club meeting on November 19th, 6 -7 p.m. The November meeting will be held at the Briscoe Library room 4.074 (the Collaboratory).

A few copies of the book will be available at the Briscoe Library on a first come, first served basis. Other copies are available through the San Antonio Public Library. Contact Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, for more details at (210) 567-6398 or segerp@uthscsa.edu.

This is a joint community engagement program offered by the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library and the San Antonio Public Library Forest Hills Branch. Those interested in taking part in this project can stop by either library to pick up a bookmark with dates, times, and location information.

One Book 2012

Cover of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child

“La conversación es el pasto del alma.”

Conversation is food for the soul.

(Mexican Dicho, Barefoot Heart, Chapter 5)

Read the Book

Join the Conversation

Hear the Author

Download a printable flyer for One Community One Book 2012

Copies of Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child are available at the Briscoe, Ramirez and Laredo libraries, and at the Jesse H. Jones Comprehensive Research Library at Texas Research Park: Call number: E184.M5 H365 1999. The book is also available at the UT Health Science Center bookstore.

Humnanities Texas LogoThis program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

One Community One Book: More

The Maine Humanities Council, creator of a national award-winning hospital-based book discussion program, has outlined on its website the benefits that come from engaging diverse groups of health care professionals in conversation about literary works on themes relevant to the work of health care providers, as well as to the human experiences of patients and their families (http://www.mainehumanities.org/programs/litandmed/index.html).  These include enhanced communications between health care professionals, patients and families, deepened understanding of the ways that institutional hierarchies can impede communication, greater awareness of how cultural and socio-economic perspectives and family history affect the health care experiences of patients, and increased vocational satisfaction.

The American Library Association publishes a guide, One Book One Community: Planning Your Community-Wide Read (http://publicprograms.ala.org/orc/pdfs/onebookguide.pdf) that has also been consulted in the development of this program on the UT Health Science Center campus.  Community reading programs have been organized by small towns and large cities, and on university campuses across the country  The benefits of community reading programs listed in the ALA planning guide—cross-cultural understanding, improved communication, a deepened sense of community– are similar to those noted for the Maine Humanities Council’s Literature and Medicine program.

In 2008 the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Briscoe Library of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio planned our first One Community/One Book project.  Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, a book by Tracy Kidder about the life and work of humanitarian physician, Paul Farmer, was selected. A series of book discussions were held during August and September, 2008, culminating in a visit to campus and a lecture by both Tracy Kidder, the author of the book, and Dr. Paul Farmer, the subject of the book.  During the lecture by Dr. Farmer and Tracy Kidder the UT Health Science Center auditorium, which seats 634, was filled to standing room only capacity with faculty, students, staff, and members of the San Antonio community. Total attendance may have been double that when video-teleconference participation at remote locations in Harlingen and Laredo are included.

A community read in 2009 focused on Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, by Pauline Chen, MD.  In 2010 the One Community One Book selection was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot.   Participation in book discussions have grown steadily, with more than 270 individuals taking part in book discussion events in 2010.  Author presentations by Pauline Chen and Rebecca Skloot were well-attended by members of the public as well as campus affiliates.

Campus and community partnerships have been critical to the success of all of the One Community One Book programs on the campus of the UT Health Science Center.  In the past, partners have included– in addition to the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Academic Center for Excellence in Teaching– the University Transplant Center and local offices of the National Kidney Foundation; and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  In 2012 we are pleased that the San Antonio Public Library, the Voelcker Biosciences Teachers Academy, and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy have worked with us to provide speaking venues for Elva Trevino Hart, who will be in San Antonio from February 22 through February 25.

One Community One Book has also been supported by generous donations from individual faculty members.  Humanities Texas, the local affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been a partner in three One Community One Book events, in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Humnanities Texas LogoThis program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.