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Marine Science

Library Services, Reserves

Specific Services of the Marine Science Library

Loan periods: (all UT Austin books, including Marine Science Library)

Semester loans for faculty, grads, postdocs, undergrads and staff

Fill out checkout card found in the book pocket (date & name) place in small wooden box on top of map cabinet.

Current issues, bound journals, some serials, and rare books are to be used in the library only. Ask library staff for items in rare book room.

All reference materials are non-circulating (short-term loans are possible - please ask staff for assistance).

New books received in the library remain on the new bookshelf for 2 weeks, after which checkout is possible. Holds may be requested; please ask library staff for assistance.

Patrons are responsible for ALL checked out materials until they are returned to the library. Book return bin is located near the front entrance of the library.

Books can be recalled by another borrower at any time. All recalled books must be returned to the library, or a fee will apply.

Please DO NOT reshelve anything (for statistics recording purposes). Leave materials on tables or place them on the book trucks for reshelving.

Return library materials prior to graduation or termination of employment.

Replacement costs may be assessed for damaged or lost library materials


Renew books from Austin.

Majority of books may be renewed, but not all. Items from other libraries (non-UT) may have certain policies on renewals.

All renewal requests should be made at least one week prior to the due date.


For renewing MSL books - Please bring materials to the library and resign card.


May 16 - June 6, 2018

Biological Signals in Estuarine Sediments – MNS 353

Instructor: Zhanfei Liu / Teaching Assistant: John A. O'connor 


Chemical biomarkers in aquatic systems / T. S. Bianchi and E. A. Canuel, Princeton University Press, 2011.  [ E book ]

Geochemistry of marine sediments / by D. J. Burdige, Princeton University Press, 2006.  

Principles of instrumental analysis / D. A. Skoog, F. J. Holler and S. R. Grouch, Brook/Cole Pub Co., 2007.  


Estuarine Ecology - MNS 352C

Instructor: Kenneth H. Dunton / Teaching Assistant: Cody J. Dawson


Estuarine ecology / ed. by John W. Day, 2nd ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. [ E book ]

Marine botany / Clinton J. Dawes, 2nd ed., John Wiley, 1998.

Interlibrary Services at UT Libraries in Austin will obtain books or articles not owned by the Marine Science Library. The service is available for UT faculty, students and staff with a valid UT EID.

Before making any requests, verify material(s) by using the Library Catalog, or the Electronic Journals page.

ILS Login (UT EID) - Place requests, check status, view articles.

User information profile only needs to be set up once (Name, MSI address, etc.)
For Location Status: must select REMOTE DELIVERY 

When requesting book(s): leave the default as Main Campus Pickup Location PCL

Requested books will arrive at MSI's shipping/freighting office. 

THE ILS office has changed the way materials are returned to the library by our Remote Delivery patrons residing outside of the Austin area.

UT Libraries no longer supplies pre-paid, padded envelopes with materials shipped. With each loan, you will receive a paper pre-paid return label which should be placed on your own packaging. ILS is asking patrons to use boxes to protect the volumes during return shipping. 

This new process should cut down on the number of lost and damaged items. As always, you may elect to return materials via a commercial courier other than USPS if there is a recall deadline or due dates are fast approaching.

OTHER OPTION - The Marine Science Library will be happy to return the book for you.


Computers: Three PCs (UT EID access only) provide access to the online catalog, electronic resources and the internet. 1 computer connects to the library catalog only (no internet access).

Books: Open, browsable stacks; books are shelved by Library of Congress call numbers. New books are shelved at the end of the 1st range, nearest map cabinet.

Journals: Current journal issues are located at the front of the library, near the tables. All bound journals are shelved alphabetically by title, in rear compact shelving unit, continuing into stack area on the last range.

Reserves: Reserve books are located on the table next to staff office. Materials do not circulate and are library-use only. Use of materials must be recorded on clipboard.

Library Storage Facility: Some older journals are located at UT Austin's Library Storage Facility located in Austin. Holdings are indicated in the online catalog and can be retrieved for checkout.

Book drop off bin: Located in library directly across from entrance doors.

Copiers: The copier is located outside the staff office door.

Self-service book scanner (UT EID access) is available for patrons to use - scan to USB flash or email only; located next to copier.

Copyright restrictions:

The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Photocopies or other reproductions can be furnished only under certain specified conditions. One such condition is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study,scholarship or research." Use of the reproduction may make the user liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgement, fulfillment of the order would violate the copyright law.

Study areas:

2 group study rooms - rare book room (seating 6) and group study room (seating 8). Please reserve on MSI RESERVATIONS. Rooms are constantly being used. 

3 double-sided carrels; 2 small tables near current reading area and several individual lounge chairs.

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