Policy

Borrowing by Distance Learning Students

Eligibility

UT Health Science Center students who meet the following eligibility requirements may request delivery of books and journal articles though the UT Health Libraries.

  • Students living outside of San Antonio or Laredo area who are currently enrolled in a UT Health Science Center school-sponsored course and are not attending any class that meets in person at least once a week.
  • Students and residents who are on rotation at sites outside San Antonio.
  • Doctoral candidates who have completed course work and are living outside San Antonio or Laredo area.

Library Account Registration

  • Students must have a library account and also an ILLiad account.
  • It is important to update your account with any changes to your email or snail mail address to ensure that alerts and materials will get to you in a timely manner.

Requesting Library Materials

  • Log in from off campus to access the library’s online resources, using the same UTHSCSA account login required for Blackboard use.
  • Use the library catalog  or e-Journals list to begin your search for books and journals.
  • Search library databases to identify specific journal articles on a topic.
  • Order print books and journal articles through the ILLiad system. Use one form per article and/or book.
  • Be familiar with guidelines on Copyright and Fair Use.

Loan Periods and Renewals

  • Standard loan periods apply and fines will be assessed for late items.
  • Books may be renewed online by logging in to your library account.

Types of Materials Eligible for Delivery

  • Print books, journal articles owned by UT Health Libraries. Contact the Library for more information.
  • Books, book chapters, journal articles not in the library’s collection, ordered through Interlibrary Loan—allow extra time for delivery.

Types of Materials Not Eligible for Delivery

  • Reference and Rare books are non-circulating.
  • Print Reserve materials cannot be borrowed, but chapters less than 50 pages can be delivered electronically.
  • Online course materials are available through Canvas.
  • Any electronic delivery that is subject to licensing or copyright restrictions.

 Alternatives to Borrowing from the UT Health Libraries

If you don’t want to wait for delivery from the UT Health Libraries, you may prefer to visit an academic library in your area. Most state university libraries are open to the public, and many in Texas allow UT Health borrowers to check books out under the TexShare program.

Additional Resources for Distance Learning Students

Check out the Resources for Students site for links to tipsheets, research tools, copyright guidelines and general library information.

Contact Us

Contact the Library for further information or if you have questions.

Briscoe Library Classroom Guidelines

Guidelines for Use of LIB 2.011 and the Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

These guidelines are general and exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

The purpose of the Library’s classrooms is to support the programs and mission of the University.

Eligibility

Library classrooms are for the use of UT Health San Antonio students, faculty and staff. The requestor must be affiliated with UT Health, and the program must be sponsored by either a department or organization affiliated with UT Health.

Reservations

  • Classrooms are reserved on a first come/first served basis.
  • To make a reservation in the library classroom/meeting rooms, fill out this form. Contact 210-567-2450 or email to AskaLibrarian@uthscsa.edu with questions.
  • Library classrooms may not be reserved more than 4 times per month, or for more than 20 hours per month, for a single course (or workshop/workshop series), or group meeting.
  • Only LIB 2.011, LIB 4.074, and LIB 5.076 may be reserved through the library website. Library Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library may be reserved with University Scheduling, (210) 567-2655.
  • View photos of Library classrooms.

         LIB 2.011

    • LIB 2.011 is available for use Monday – Friday  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m, closed nights and weekends. When the room is not in use for a class, it is open for computing use by affiliated students, faculty and staff.
    • Room LIB 2.011 may be reserved only for sessions requiring hands-on use of computers by participants. LIB 2.011 contains 25 participant computers with instructor station and projector.
    • The computers in LIB 2.011 are networked to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). They do not have hard drives, so users are encouraged to bring USB data drives if they wish to save files.
    • When requesting a reservation in LIB 2.011, please indicate whether the following will be needed:
      • Instructor’s microphone
      • Video-teleconferencing equipment (see note below)
      • Audio-visual equipment or equipment support (see note below)
      • Special software (see note below).
      • Dry Erase Markers—may be checked out at Circulation Desk
    • Due to the high demand for LIB 2.011, a requestor will be asked for a Project ID to which a “no show” penalty of $50 will be billed if a reservation is canceled less than 24 hours in advance (business days).

         The Collaboratory (LIB 4.074)

    • The Collaboratory may be reserved by UT Health students, faculty and staff during regular library hours.  The Collaboratory is open for study when it is not reserved for meetings or classes. Students may reserve the Collaboratory for large group study or meetings within the Group Study Room Guidelines.
    • The room may be used as a meeting space.
    • When requesting a Collaboratory reservation, please indicate whether the following will be needed:
      • LCD monitor and laptop (available in the room)
      • Dry Erase Markers—may be checked out at Circulation Desk. Do not use any other type of markers.
    • Assistance with setting up or connecting the monitor/laptop, contact the IMS Service Desk, or call 210-567-7777.

Classroom Support

Library staff do not provide equipment setup or support services. A/V Classroom Support provides support for the following:

  • Equipment setup, including laptops, projectors, whiteboards, flipcharts
  • Projectionist services
  • Computer support
  • Video conferencing (must be pre-arranged)
  • Software installation

Contact (210) 567-2214 or email  av_support@uthscsa.edu

Problems with computers or equipment should be reported to the IMS Service Desk at 210-567-7777.

Special software

Special software requirements in LIB 2.011 must be made known when the room is reserved, and be installed in advance. The Library will not purchase special software for classes. The requestor must own the software and have the license to have it installed on multiple computers. All software must be must be compatible with a VDI platform and be used in compliance with license agreements.

To request software installation, submit a ticket at the IMS Self Service Portal and select “UT Health Computer Repair and Servicing”. Special software will be uninstalled after the conclusion of the class or workshop series. Questions should be directed to the IMS Service Desk at 210-567-7777.

Food and beverages

  • LIB 2.011: Only covered beverages are allowed.
  • LIB 4.074 –Collaboratory: Covered beverages and limited food are allowed.
  • Catering in LIB 4.074: Library staff must be notified of any food deliveries and the approximate time of arrival. All food service items must be removed within 30 minutes after the end of the class. The requestor must make sure the all trash is disposed of in trash receptacles and that the room is returned to its original state. Please report spills immediately to Library staff.

Cancellations

If a scheduled class or meeting is canceled, the Library should be notified by calling 210-567-2440 as soon as possible. For reservations in LIB 2.011, a “no show” penalty of $50 will billed, unless the reservation is canceled up to 24 hours in advance. Changes in times or dates will be accommodated when possible. Library classrooms are heavily used and changes are not always feasible.

Updated 3/7/2018

Briscoe Library Study Room Guidelines & Reservations

The Briscoe Library has individual and group study rooms on all floors of the library.  These rooms provide both quiet study and group collaboration space and are important to the educational mission of the university. Study room availability is displayed on monitors on the 3rd and 5th floor of the library.

Who may use a study room? Briscoe Library individual or group study rooms may only be occupied by UT Health Science Center (HSC) students, faculty, residents and staff. All occupants must wear their ID badges so they are always visible. Open study seating is available on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. Classrooms on the 2nd floor of the Briscoe Library building are available for 24/7 study with after-hours access by HSC ID card swipe.

Room reservations: Individual study rooms are on a first-come-first-served basis and are not available for reservation.  Group study rooms can be used on a scheduled or unscheduled basis, with scheduled reservations taking priority. Users are encouraged to be considerate of others and only reserve rooms for the period they will actually use the room, up to a maximum of 4 hours per reservation per day. The scan code or URL located at each room provides information on availability.

How to reserve a room: A group study room may be reserved using the following options:

  1. Reserve online at https://uthscsa.libcal.com/spaces.
  2. Use a smartphone to scan the QR code located outside each room to check availability or reserve a room.
  3. Request a reservation in person at the Circulation Desk or call 210-567-2440.

Reservation policies:

  • A group consists of two (2) or more people.
  • Reservations are limited to HSC ID holders.
  • Group study rooms may be reserved for up to four hours per day.
  • Reservations may be made online up two weeks in advance.
  • Reservations are made for one time room use only. Recurring classes, meetings or events should be reserved through University Scheduling.
  • The library reserves the right to refuse to reserve a room for any group or individual who abuses the facilities or policies.

15 minute grace period:  Group study rooms are always in demand, so a reservation is forfeited if:

  • The group does not show up within 15 minutes of start time
  • Only one person is in the room for more than 15 minutes
  • The room is empty for more than 15 minutes any time after the reservation start time.

Study rooms are self-monitoring:

Groups are highly encouraged to reserve a room because non-reserved rooms are open for anyone to use. If a room is occupied by someone else, a group with a reservation should politely ask the person to give up the room or ask for assistance from library staff on the 3rd floor (210-567-2440). The scan code outside each room provides information on whether a room has been reserved.

Security of personal items: Persons using the library study rooms are cautioned not to leave personal items unattended in the study rooms or anywhere else in the library. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Updated March 3, 2016

Circulation Policies and Privileges

Circulation privileges are available to students, staff, and faculty of the Health Science Center, to area health professionals, and to citizens of Texas aged 18 or older who pay for an annual Courtesy Borrowers card. You must be registered to check out library materials.

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

Unlimited1

Journals

14 days2

61

Journals received in the last 30 days

none

n/a

Audio/visuals

14 days

1

Reserve materials

3 hours3

none

  1. When a Hold has been placed on an item, no further renewals will be accepted and the item must be returned by due date.
  2. Journals may be checked out to eligible borrowers only.
  3. Reserve materials generally circulate for three hours. If checked out within three hours of closing, the materials will be due within one hour of opening the next day.

Returning Materials

Materials may be returned at the Circulation Desk or placed in the Book Drop outside the exit doors. A book drop is also located outside the Library building near the entry stairs. Book drops are emptied one hour after opening each morning. Please return reserve materials and audio/visuals inside the Library.

Fines

Materials not returned by the due date and time will accrue fines:

  • Books, journals and audio/visual material fines are $0.50 per day
  • Reserve material fines are $1 per hour
  • Users’ privileges are suspended if fines exceed $15

Fines will not be waived for the following reasons:

  • Late or non-receipt of courtesy overdue notices
  • Failure to notify the library of a change of address
  • Items were lent to someone else who returned it late or failed to return it
  • Items were renewed after the due date
  • Vacation

Computer Use Policy

Meeting the information needs of library users is integral to the Mission of the University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries. The library staff endeavors to develop collections, resources and services to meet these needs. It is within this context that the UTHSC Libraries offer access to the Internet and other electronic resources. Any health-related information searching is a legitimate use of these resources.

General Policy

  • Priority use of computers is given to UTHSC affiliates, area health professionals, and users seeking medical information. Health Science Center faculty, staff, and students must log in with their UTHSCSA Domain Username and Password.
  • A limited number of guest computers are available to the general public. Persons not affiliated with the Health Science Center must sign-in at the library Service Desk to use a computer and are limited to a maximum of one hour each day.  Additional time may be granted persons researching health-related topics. University sponsored e-mail programs are allowed and supported. Other web based e-mail programs may be utilized, but library staff may not be able to assist with problems.
  • Library computers may not be used for illegal, unauthorized, unethical, or commercial purposes. Please see the UTHSC’s Computer Ethics Policy and the Texas Penal Code, Chapter 33. Computer Crimes (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.33.htm).
  • Authorized users of commercially licensed digital products such as electronic journals, books, and databases include UTHSC faculty, staff, and students and walk-in users of the UTHSC Libraries. Remote access to these digital resources is allowed only to UTHSC faculty, staff, and students.
  • Faculty, staff and students with UTHSCSA Domain Accounts may connect to the HSCwave wireless network at any library location.  Wireless networking is not available for other library users, but those users may connect their own computers to the Internet at designated laptop workstations.
  • Computer peripherals (other than personal storage devices or mobile devices) may not be physically attached to library computers or printers except in designated locations.
  • The decision to load personal software is made by library staff on a case by case basis. Personal software may be loaded with the assistance of library staff.
  • Library computer users are discouraged from storing personal files and documents on the Libraries’ computers. Computer users should save their work frequently to a USB drive, to a writable optical disc (i.e. CD/DVD), to an online storage service, or email documents to themselves.
  • All user data is erased from the Libraries’ public computers at least once a day and whenever a computer is rebooted.
  • Viewing of pornographic material may constitute a Class C misdemeanor under Texas Penal Code §43.22 (http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.43.htm#43.22) and may also violate the University’s policies on sexual harassment as stated in section 4.2.2 of the Handbook of Operating Procedures (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/4.2.2.pdf). Users of computers at the library should be aware of the public nature of shared facilities and should take care not to display images or play sounds that could create an atmosphere of harassment for others. For more information, please see the UTHSC Handbook of Operating Procedures Policy 4.2.2 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/4.2.2.pdf). In addition, the university’s Internet Access Policy (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.5.10.pdf) states that “Accessing, posting, or sharing any racist, sexist, threatening, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material (i.e., visual, textual, or auditory entity) is strictly prohibited.”
  • Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a supervising adult at all times. An adult must sit at the same computer workstation with the child.

Acceptable Uses

  • Accessing electronic resources provided by the UTHSC Libraries, such as electronic journals, books, and databases.
  • Use of Internet resources for academic, personal and/or professional study, communication, and/or networking.
  • Accessing the campus wired or wireless network anywhere in the library. Users with UTHSCSA Domain accounts may connect to the HSCwave wireless network using the instructions at http://ims.uthscsa.edu/computer_networking/network_wireless.aspx .
  • Syncing mobile devices.

Unacceptable Uses

  • Any viewing, listening, downloading or copying of material that constitutes copyright infringement, including making unlicensed copies of copyrighted CDs or DVDs.
  • Installation or use of unauthorized peer-to-peer software. See the UTHSC Handbook of Operating Procedures Policy 5.8.11 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.8.11.pdf).
  • Viewing of material considered to be pornographic.
  • The institution reserves the right to audit and review access logs for any given user if it is suspected institutional assets were used in an inappropriate way.

Internet Use

  • The Internet contains a wealth of valuable information resources. However, users should be aware that some information may be inaccurate, outdated or offensive. Library users are advised to exercise judgment and discrimination when evaluating the usefulness and reliability of material found on the Internet. The UTHSC is not responsible for the content, security or reliability of web sites outside the uthscsa.edu domain.
  • Users should be aware that the Internet is not a secure medium and that third parties may be able to obtain information regarding users’ activities.
  • All persons accessing the Internet through UT System computers must abide by The UT System Information Resources Use and Security Policy (UTS 165, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/procedures/policy/policies/uts165.html) or the UT System Information Resources Acceptable Use and Security Policy (INT 124, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/policy/policies/int124.html) and all Texas state laws and regulations concerning use of state property and computing resources.
  • Copyrighted works are protected regardless of the medium in which they are created or reproduced; thus, copyright extends to digital works and works transformed into digital format. Any copyright statements or symbols should be retained when printing a digital document. Please see the UT System Policy on “Use of Copyright Material” (UTS 107, available at http://www.utsystem.edu/policy/policies/uts107.html)
  • UTHSC personnel must abide by the HSC’s Handbook of Operating Procedures Internet Use policy 5.2.8 (http://www.uthscsa.edu/hop2000/5.2.8.pdf)

Printing and Digital Transmission of Documents

  • There is a per page charge for printing in the Library. The charge is 10 cents per page for TRAC accounts and 11 cents per page for departmental accounts.
  • A UTHSC ID can be used to create a TRAC account to pay for printing.  Service Desk staff provide guest printing and copying cards for users who do not have a HSC ID card.  The user must provide a valid state-issued ID and pay the total charge when they return the guest card.  Coins or bills cannot be used in the copy machines.
  • In some cases, users can download information to a USB drive instead of printing. Many library databases allow users to e-mail search results instead of printing. License agreements for some electronic journals, books, and other documents stipulate that users may not send a digital copy of an article or other document to other users. If in doubt about an authorized use of a commercially published article, book, or other document, please ask for assistance at one of the Service Desks.
  • No envelopes, labels or transparencies may be placed in the laser printers. Users may insert their own letter or legal size paper into the Manual Feed tray only.

Compliance

The HSC Libraries reserve the right to take appropriate action to ensure compliance with this policy. Library staff have the right to determine appropriateness of workstation use and can, at any time, require the patron to leave the workstation.

Policy effective November 20, 2012
Revisions approved by HSC Executive Committee

Courtesy Borrowers

Residents of the State of Texas age 18 years or older are eligible for a variety of services, including:

  • Books and audio/visual materials
  • Journals—print or electronic, accessed from any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • Library computers (time limit)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, off-site access to electronic journals, books and databases is available only to currently employed or retired faculty and staff, and currently enrolled students.

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type

Loan Period

# of Renewals Allowed

Books

14 days

none

Journals

none

n/a

Audio/visuals

none

n/a

Print Reserve materials

3 hours

none

Library Registration

  • Create an account for book checkout.
  • The annual fee for Courtesy Borrowers is $35
  • You may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Laredo Regional Campus Library.
  • A state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport) is required to register
  • Registration is valid for one year from date of issue and may be extended annually with payment
  • Registration cannot be renewed until all fines and other obligations have been cleared.

Library Collection Use

Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time.

Health Professionals

Health professionals with a current state issued license and working in a clinical setting may register with the Library as an Area Health Professional (AHP) and have access to a variety of services including:

  • Books and audio/visual materials
  • Journals—print or electronic, in-house use at any of the UT Health Science Center Libraries
  • Library computers (time limit)
  • Online search service (fee)
  • Interlibrary Loan *(fee)
  • Photocopy and printing (fee)

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

Due to licensing agreements and contracts, off-site access to electronic journals, books and databases is only available to affiliates (current faculty, staff, and students). Area health professionals are welcome to use electronic resources from within the library during regular business hours.

*Interlibrary Loan services are available for area health professionals for personal or academic research and may not be used by health professionals on behalf of law firms, corporations, or organizations.

Loan periods for circulating material

Material Type     Loan Period     # of Renewals
Books                     14 days                          2

Library Registration

  • Create an account for book checkout  and Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Area health professionals may register in person at the Briscoe Library Circulation Desk or at the Laredo Regional Campus Library.
  • A state-issued ID (current driver’s license or passport), a current license to practice number, and proof of working in a clinical setting are required for registration.
  • Borrowing privileges are valid for one year from date of issue unless the license expires prior to that, and may be extended annually.
  • Registration cannot be renewed until all fines and other obligations have been cleared.

Library Collection Use

Users may have up to 3 items checked out at any given time. Select library materials may be renewed in person or by calling the Circulation Desk at (210) 567-2440. Renewal will be denied if materials have reached their renewal limit, have been recalled, or are overdue.

Information Resource Development Policy

About the Libraries

The UT Health San Antonio Libraries are at the heart of the Health Science Center community, with three locations (Long Campus, Texas Research Park Campus, and Laredo Campus) and a growing online presence, the Libraries serve as a hub for knowledge, education, and scholarship. The Libraries’ primary clientele include students, faculty, and staff who are affiliated with the Health Science Center either onsite or offsite. Secondary clientele include area health professionals, researchers, and members of the community.

Mission

The mission of the UT Health San Antonio Libraries is to promote learning, inspire discovery, and connect with our communities. This mission is accomplished by providing expert library services and access to reliable health sciences information.

Purpose of the Policy

The purpose of the Information Resource Development Policy (IRDP) is to guide collection development and management decisions and to ensure that information resources accurately and effectively support the mission and goals of the university.

Goals of the Policy

The goals of the Information Resource Development Policy (IRDP) are as follows:

• Develop and maintain collections that meet the needs of the UT Health academic, clinical, and research communities;
• Assess collections regularly for relevancy based on changes in campus programs, feedback, and usage;
• Maximize purchasing power and expand access to information through partnerships with state and regional consortia.

Scope and Guidelines

The Library collects, develops, and maintains collections in a variety of formats, however the preferred format for collection materials is electronic and/or online accessible. Collections focus on the following core subject areas: dentistry, medicine, nursing, basic medical sciences, and allied health sciences. Materials are also acquired in related subject areas such as: public health, pharmacy, psychology, health care management, and history of the health sciences.

Electronic Collections – Electronic resources are the preferred information format for the UT Health Libraries. Electronic collections consist primarily of e-journals, e-books, and databases. Access to electronic resources is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is also available off-campus for affiliated users.

Physical Collections – The Libraries physical collections are maintained both on-site and off-site. Physical collections consist primarily of journals, books, and audiovisuals (DVDs). The majority of the print journal collection is housed at a Joint Library Facility in Bryan, Texas. At present, most of the print book collections are housed within the Libraries, but many of these collections will be migrating to the Joint Library Facility in the future. Physical collections are accessible at all locations and most materials can be shared between locations.

Historical Collections – The Library’s historical collections are housed on the main university campus and include: manuscripts, rare books, historical medical instruments, and archival materials. The Library has been designated as the University Archives and maintains historical documents about the university as well as scholarly works produced by students at the university. The historical collections are open to all researchers, and access to physical materials is by appointment. Content that has been digitized is accessible 24/7 through the Library’s Digital Archive.

Decisions and Selection

Information resource decisions are based on a solid understanding of the teaching, learning, and research priorities of the Health Science Center. The Office of the Director is responsible for the overall collection budget and works collaboratively with the Resource Management department to oversee budget allocations. Selection decisions are a cooperative effort between the Library Committee, Library Liaisons, and the Collection Development Committee. Each of these entities provides valuable feedback that guides collection decisions.

The Library Committee is composed of representative faculty appointed by the President of the University and works with the Library to serve in a consultative and advisory capacity.

Library Liaisons are assigned to each of the schools, work as an integral part of the curriculum, and provide input about resource needs based on program requirements.

The Collection Development Committee is composed of Resource Management Librarians and representatives from each of the Library divisions.

Resource Management librarians are primarily responsible for collection assessment, access, discovery, selection criteria, cost analysis, consortia activities, and policies and procedures.

Selection Criteria
The Library actively reviews information resources to determine what resources should be acquired, retained, and discontinued. The following criteria are applied in the review process: quality, relevancy, cost, format, accessibility, and usage.

Deselection Criteria
In order to maintain a relevant collection, the Library employees deselection as part of its collection development practices. The following criteria are used when evaluating materials for deselection: low usage, relevance to academic programs, currency of information, historical significance, condition, duplication, and availability in the Joint Library Facility.

  • The Joint Library Facility is a collaborative storage facility that houses print resources for a network of University of Texas Libraries. Libraries that opt to store their materials in this facility retain ownership of the resources. In addition, libraries with duplicate holdings can claim ownership of stored copies. The facility is located in Bryan, Texas.

Resource Sharing and Cooperative Purchasing

The UT Health San Antonio Libraries participate in several resource sharing and cooperative purchasing partnerships that expand the depth of information resources available to its clientele. Partnerships include the UT System Digital Library Consortia, the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, the TexShare Consortium, the Joint Library Facility, and the OCLC Library Cooperative. Through these partnerships the Libraries are able to expand borrowing privileges and increase access to electronic resources. Participation in cooperative purchasing allows the Libraries to negotiate the best pricing for resources.

 

Approved by the Library Committee, 2-3-97
Revision approved by Mary Moore, Ph.D., Director of Libraries, 6-23-2006
Revision approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, 1-29-2009
Revision approved by Rajia Tobia, Executive Director of Libraries, 10-12-2011
Revision approved by Owen Ellard, Senior Director of Libraries, 04-06-2018

John P. Howe, MD III Conference Room Guidelines

 

Room Description

The Howe Conference Room, located on the fifth floor of the Briscoe Library, provides group meeting space for approximately 20 persons. The room may be reserved for special university functions by UT Health faculty and administrative staff. Since this room houses more than 1500 rare books, special security and safety regulations in addition to general library policies must be observed at all times. Also, please note that this room is kept at a cooler temperature for preservation of the books. Bringing a sweater or jacket is recommended.

Reserving the Room

Room reservations can be made by following the I need to . . . Reserve a Room link.  Under Other Library Room Reservations click on the Room Request Form button.  Fill out the online information form and submit. A confirmation email will be sent.

The conference room is available for set-up and can be used 24/7/365.

Room Use Considerations

Furniture in the conference room may be rearranged. All tables must be unplugged before they are moved and they must be returned to their original configuration and plugged in at the conclusion of the meeting. Departments will be called to return room back to its original setting if this has not been done before 5:00 p.m. Extra furniture may not be stored in the fire exit stairwell for safety reasons.

Because the conference room is located on a fire exit route, it cannot be locked; therefore equipment or valuables should not be left unattended.  Entrances and exits must not be blocked with tables, chairs, extension cords, etc.

Library staff may occasionally need to retrieve books from the conference room while a meeting is in progress. Although staff will try to hold requests for books until after meetings are concluded, they will enter if necessary.

Restrooms are located next to the main elevators on each floor. The library’s staff room telephone may not be used and staff are not responsible for taking messages. Mobile telephones may be used only in the hall near public restrooms.

Administrative Assistants needed for on-call services during use of the conference room may use furniture by the elevators on the 5th floor. Lounge seating is also available in the public area outside the conference room entrance.

Food

Groups using the conference room are responsible for making any food and/or refreshment arrangements prior to the meetings.  If University Catering Services are used to cater the event, the main library entrance may be used: however, serving carts must be covered and the service elevator should be used. Other caterers should use the service entrance on the library’s south side.

The staff room and staff kitchen adjacent to the conference room may not be used by groups using the conference room unless special permission has been obtained from the library Administration Office, ext. 7-2408.

Clean-Up

Because a portion of the library’s rare book collection is housed in the Howe Conference Room, it is extremely important that clean-up be conducted immediately following any meeting where food or drink is served, to mitigate pest infestation. If appropriate clean-up is not completed in a timely manner, the department or group reserving the room will lose privileges to reserve the Howe Conference Room in the future.

Groups using the conference room are responsible for making prior arrangements with Housekeeping to provide additional trash receptacles when necessary and remove trash, dishes, leftover food, etc., immediately after the conclusion of the meeting. If the meeting concludes at a time when Housekeeping is not available for clean-up, then it is the responsibility of the department making the reservation to assure that clean-up is completed. Special attention to clean-up should be made in the evening and during the weekend when Housekeeping is typically not available. Table cloths and/or place mats should be used to protect furniture. Both the credenza and the wooden tables in the room could be damaged if hot items are placed on their surfaces. Housekeeping should be notified immediately of any spills so that they can shampoo the carpet to prevent stains.

Audio-visual Equipment and Computer Requests

The conference room is set up with a laptop for your convenience.  If other equipment (projectors, whiteboards, flipcharts, etc.) are needed, prior arrangements should be made with the AV Services Department at 210-567-2214. Groups requiring projectionist services should make arrangements with Classroom Services, ext. 7-2210. Groups may also supply their own laptop which can be connected to the video projector located in the conference room.

Library staff do not provide equipment setup or support services. Problems with computers or equipment should be reported to 210-567-7777.

Noise

Persons using the conference room should note that it is located in a heavily used study area. Students have asked that persons entering and leaving the conference room be considerate and keep conversations outside the conference room to a minimum.

Any exception to these guidelines can be made only by the Senior Director of Libraries.

Updated 7/13/2017

Library Policies

 

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