Visitors Frequently Asked Questions
- Who can use online resources available through the University of Texas Libraries web site?
- I have an EID. Why can't I get the databases?
- How can I find out if the University of Texas Libraries have a particular book or periodical?
- How do I obtain a thesis/dissertation (completed at The University of Texas)?
- Who can check out materials?
- Do the University Libraries participate in Interlibrary Loan?
- I want to take my class on a tour of the library. Who do I contact? Is there a cost?
- Are there special services available for UT Alumni?
- Where can I find University facts, the origins of Bevo, where to get a Cactus Yearbook and more?
- How do I apply to UT Austin?
The University of Texas at Austin is contractually obligated to limit remote access to licensed online library resources to current University of Texas at Austin students, faculty and staff. Members of the public have access in the libraries to most of these library e-resources by obtaining EID visitor access (please ask us about this when you arrive).
Access to the databases is determined by the "role" associated with your EID which reflects your status at The University. Our licenses with database owners require that remote users be students, faculty, staff or formally appointed visiting scholars with current University of Texas at Austin ID cards. If you have a current University of Texas at Austin photo ID card and have a question about your status, contact email@example.com or call (512) 495-4300 and ask for a supervisor. Access to selected databases is available via TexShare. Contact your home library for more information.
Non-UT Austin users:
Online: Some dissertations completed at the University of Texas at Austin are available to remote users with no access restrictions. See: UT Electronic Theses and Dissertations.
Use in the library: Search the Library Catalog to find the location of printed dissertations, theses and professional reports. These are housed in the Perry-Castañeda Library and in the Library Storage Facility.
Purchase: For users not affiliated with UT, many dissertations are available for purchase from ProQuest/UMI. In addition, some authors have given permission for us to sell photocopies of their University of Texas thesis or dissertation. To check on the permission to copy status of a specific dissertation or thesis, including recent online dissertations, contact Interlibrary Services.
Loan: Theses or dissertations may be available for loan. The University of Texas Libraries does not loan materials directly to individuals. To obtain them through Interlibrary Loan, consult the Interlibrary Loan librarian in your home library or institution. There is a charge for loan of these materials.
The library offers a variety of Courtesy Borrower Services. Many Texas residents 18 and older qualify for a free Courtesy Borrower Card through the TexShare Card Program. If your home library participates in the TexShare Card Program, you may be able to obtain a TexShare Card there and present it at the Courtesy Borrower Services Desk, Perry-Castañeda Library PCL 2.122, to obtain a University of Texas Libraries library card. For more information about other options, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 495-4305.
Yes. To obtain University of Texas at Austin materials through Interlibrary Loan, consult the Interlibrary Loan librarian in your home library or institution. See this page for information about our Document Express service.
The Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL), the University of Texas Libraries main branch, is unable to offer tours to groups from outside UT at this time. If you are visiting with a group, you are encouraged to self-conduct a tour of the library. You may contact Ask a Librarian, with questions about visiting with your group. Advance notice to library staff is required if you are leading a large group, even if you are planning to self-conduct a tour. For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions for Visiting Groups.
Please be aware that all photography and filming in the library requires administrative approval. You may contact Travis Willmann, Communications Officer, (512) 495-4644.
Members of the University of Texas Alumni Association may annually present verification of membership and a photo ID at the Courtesy Borrower Desk in the Perry-Castañeda Library and receive a complimentary borrower card. The card may be used to check out materials from units of the University of Texas Libraries. These cards are not accepted at the Law Library, the Center for American History, or the Humanities Research Center and do not provide remote access to proprietary databases or use of Interlibrary Loan which are restricted to UT Austin students, faculty and staff. Many proprietary databases are available to in-person visitors to the library. In addition, members have remote access to the Academic Search Alumni Edition and Business Source Alumni Edition. The databases offer information in nearly every area of study, and include full text sources ranging from general periodicals to trade publications and top management journals. More information is available on the Texas Exes web site.
Please see our UT Popular Information page to find these.
See this web site for complete information for Prospective Students.