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Libraries Services Continuity

Access to Collections/Resources

UT-Austin Student/Faculty/Staff Access

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.


  • If you are using Google Scholar from off campus, you can look up any resources you find that are behind a paywall in the Libraries search box.
  • Going directly to a publisher website will not grant you access to the full text through the Libraries subscriptions.  Instead, you must find the publication or resource through the Libraries web site or a database linked from the Libraries databases page.
  • Electronic Resources: Troubleshooting: This guide will help you troubleshoot off-campus access.
  • 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 the 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.

For Faculty: Materials for Course Use

1. If you are teaching in the second summer session, you will receive an email explaining how you may request scans of library materials for course use during the second summer session.  

2. If you are teaching in the fall and normally use the Libraries Reserves service, see the Fall Course Reserves Scans page for more information and a link to the request form. You will also be receiving an email from the Libraries.

3. Your subject liaison librarian can help you locate an alternative online resource, look into purchasing an ebook version of the print resource if it is available, and advise you about copyright if you plan to make scans from a personal copy.

A note about copyright:  The University has an institutional license to the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). This license allows us to share text based resources via Canvas without needing to ask permission or consider fair use. You can share articles and book chapters with this license, but you can’t share entire books.

4. HathiTrust maintains a very large collection of digitized materials, including digitized books.  During this time, any book available in HathiTrust that the UT Libraries owns in print (including books in copyright) is available to UT-Austin students, faculty and staff through HathiTrust.  You will find links to materials available in HathiTrust by searching the Library Catalog. For more information about HathiTrust and collections access, please see this page.

Details of the UTL REOPEN plan

Current Status of the UTL REOPEN Plan -

1. Limited retrieval service for library materials that are not available online began June 22. For more information and to place a request, see the Research - PCL Pickup page.

2. In lieu of physical reserves, the UT Libraries is providing a service to scan Libraries materials essential to Fall 2020 courses. For more information and to place a request, see the Fall Course Reserves Scans page.

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