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Guide to Austin Libraries: UT Libraries

You're never far from a library in Austin. Here's what you need to know to take advantage of all Austin libraries have to offer.

Note about COVID-19

The University of Texas Libraries are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check the UT Libraries website for updates.

Updated 8/4/2020.

Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL)

To take advantage of one of the nation's largest research libraries, you'll need to begin your quest at the Perry-Castañeda Library, or PCL for short. PCL is the main research library for UT. PCL also houses the Borrower's Desk, where you will apply for your library card. This card will be free to currently enrolled SSW students, faculty, and staff. 

How to get a UT Library Card

Here's what you need to do:

1.  Check the hours of the Courtesy Borrower's Desk, and plan your visit accordingly. 

2. Map your route. Walking is recommended, if possible, as parking is limited. Visitor information - including information about parking garages and bus routes - is provided here

3. Bring your SSW ID card and photo ID.

4. The staff at the Courtesy Borrower's Desk will have you fill out a library card application. It takes about ten minutes if there is no line. 

The Inside Scoop

The UT library card allows you to check out items from all the regularly circulating collections at PCL.

There are computers you can use to access UT's e-resources while you are in the library building. Inquire about this service when you visit.

If an item you want is held at one of UT's special libraries, call ahead to the library that houses the item to ask if you have access. 

Your UT card will expire after one year. To renew, you'll simply show your SSW and photo ID cards again.