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Marine Science

Library Services

UT faculty, students, and staff may check out books for a semester. 

  • Books with cards: fill out checkout card found in the book pocket.
    • add date, name, UT EID & place in small wooden box on top of map cabinet.
  • NEW books / books without cards: fill out Book Checkout Form found on top of map cabinet, outside librarian's office.
    • add name, UT EID, book title(s) and call number(s)

Patrons are responsible for ALL checked out materials until they are returned to the library. PLEASE DO NOT "SHARE" after you have used a book. Check-in book first. 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. Fee may apply.


  • Current issues, bound journals, some serials, and rare books - LIBRARY USE ONLY. 
  • Reference materials - non-circulating (short-term loans possible); please ask staff for assistance.
  • New books - remain on new bookshelf for 2 weeks, after which checkout is possible. Holds may be requested; please ask staff for assistance.
  • Please DO NOT reshelve anything (for statistics recording purposes). Leave materials on tables or place them on available book trucks.


  • Replacement costs may be assessed for damaged or lost library materials.

Requesting materials from UT Libraries in Austin.

Click here in library catalog and at the upper right hand corner, Sign in. (UT EID

You can see available items in your account, too.

Search title of the book you're requesting.

If available, click “Pick It Up. 








Pickup Location = Marine Science Library

Terms of Use = Semester Loan 




To renew books, Go to Your Library AccountMajority of books may be renewed, but not all. Items from other libraries (non-UT via Interlibrary Loan) may have certain policies on renewals and usually have limited loans.

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

Students have SEMESTER loans.

MSI patrons should use the Interlibrary Loan account/form to request non-UTL materials (materials from other libraries)

Search the LIBRARY CATALOG first before submitting a request. 

Log in to your Interlibrary Loan account to access your user options. Click the "Change User Information" link under the "Tools" subheading of the left-hand navigation menu. Select "Remote Delivery" from the drop-down menu in the Location Status field. Please use the University of Texas Marine Science Institute address and CAMPUS MAIL CODE: T2500

For more information --- >> **  Remote Delivery for Off-Campus Users 

MSL Floor Plan

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, near tables.

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; continues into stack area on the last range.

Reserves: Reserve books are located on the table in front reading area. 1 day loan circulation; library-use only preferred. 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.

Printing from library computers: retrieve documents from printer in staff work room. 

Self-service BOOK SCANNER (UT EID login) is available for patrons to use; scan to USB flash or email only; located next to library copier. Please heed copyright restrictions.

Study areas:

2 group study rooms: rare book room (seats 6) and group study room (seats 8).
Please reserve on MSI RESERVATIONS

Carrels along the windows, tables in current reading area and several individual lounge chairs.

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