All materials must be requested through the Library Catalog by UT ID holders for retrieval at the PCL Desk. There is no access to stacks (shelves) in PCL or other library locations to browse and select books on your own.
1. Search for items in the Library Catalog and click "Pick it Up" to place your request. You will be prompted to log in with your UT EID and authenticate with DUO.
2. When your item is available for pick up at the PCL Desk, you will receive an email with instructions about how to retrieve your materials at PCL. You will need your UT ID card to retrieve your materials. It may take up to 3 business days to fulfill your request. If the item isn't on the shelf, we will notify you after searching for it twice.
3. For information about what to expect when you go to PCL to pick up your item, see Building Access.
Proxy Borrowers: Find information and a request form to sponsor a Proxy Borrower to check out Libraries materials on your behalf.
Archives and Special Collections: Find information about access to UT Libraries Archives and Special Collections during this time.
The UT Libraries offers access to millions of online resources including ebooks, articles, streaming audio and video, maps and more to current UT-Austin students, faculty and staff. In addition to our normally available online resources, we have additional online resources that have been made available temporarily during this time. When accessing Libraries online resources from off-campus, you will be prompted for your EID and required DUO authentication.
I want a physical copy of a book but the Pick it Up option isn't showing up. Instead there is a just a link to an ebook in HathiTrust.
Lending a physical copy of a book available through HathiTrust violates our agreement with HathiTrust. See HathiTrust and Collections Access for more information.
I want to see current issues of a journal and it is only available in print. What do I do?
We are not presently lending current issues of print journals. Since they are not browseable at this time, use the Get a Scan service to request a scan of the table of contents, and then request scans of any articles of interest to you.
I want to borrow a physical map.
The Map Room is closed for construction, making the map collection inaccessible. We anticipate it will reopen some time in the spring semester. See our extensive online map collection and contact us for assistance.
I want to borrow a physical item but I am studying/working away from campus. Can you mail it to me?
Can I use VPN to connect to online library resources so I don't have to log in?
In order to access Libraries resources as though you were on campus, you must use Remote Desktop to connect to your computer on campus. Remote Desktop requires that you have an active, powered-on computer on campus that you can connect to, and know the name/computer credentials to make the remote desktop connection. If you need help doing this, contact IT support in your college/school/department. VPN alone without Remote Desktop does not work. With the implementation of DUO, accessing Libraries resources as though you were on campus may or may not require an EID and DUO authentication. See the DUO guide for more information.
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