Valentine’s Day Raffle Winners

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Valentine’s Day Raffle!  Over 400 people took the time to share what they loved about the Libraries both online and in our libraries.  Here are the five randomly-selected winning responses:

“I love the seats besides the window on the 4th floor [of PCL] – the sunshine and the calmness there.  I’m really shocked and a little moved by how many Chinese books are here.”

“I love the Classics Library because it is a friendly, quiet place to study and work and it is true to its name!  It will never go out of style!  Roses are red, the OCT section is blue, Classics Library, we’ll always love you!”

“The staff are incredibly helpful if you are having trouble looking for books or other resources. I never feel uncomfortable asking them questions. I also appreciate that there is a great selection of recently published books near the front entry of the PCL because I often find myself picking through there and discovering new books to put on my ‘to read’ list.”

“The request system – it’s really wonderful to be able to pick up books and CDs up at the library in RLM, where I spend all of my time anyway!”

“I love that I have a beautiful working space at the FAL.  The large windows overlooking trees help me to be calm and focused while doing my work.  Additionally, everything I need is right around me.  I have to access to reference materials, Mac computers, printers, etc., not to mention the staff who have always been so helpful.”

Wondering what other people said?  Check out this word cloud that represents frequently used words in responses to the question “What do you love about the Libraries?”

Word cloud showing trends in responses to "What do you love about the libraries?"

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Looking for an electrical outlet in PCL? Don’t forget about the powered study tables!

Update: Just in time for PCL 24/5 in March 2013 – 24 new outlets, 30 new tables, and 60 new seats were added to the 5th floor!

PCL 5th floor







We know it’s tough to find the perfect space for studying in PCL this time of the year and we want to make certain you know that some of the tables in the building provide additional electrical outlets.

The 51 powered study tables that were installed recently added 612 new outlets to PCL this year alone!

Look for powered study tables like the one below in these places:

2nd/Entry level floor

  • Periodicals Room
  • UFCU Student Learning Commons
  • Reference Room
  • Study Carrels in PCL Lobby

4th floor

6th floor

Powered Study Tables on the 6th Floor of PCL

We’ve also installed new outlets throughout the building as part of other renovation projects and will continue to do so.  Don’t forget there are also 350 outlets on the 5th floor too. Total, you’ll find over 1500 accessible outlets located near study furniture in PCL.

We’re continuously working to improve the spaces in PCL for your work.  Right now, we’re looking at potential renovations to the 5th floor.  Do you have ideas for improving those spaces?  Share your ideas with us through this survey.  You can also stop by the 5th floor and contribute your ideas or enjoy reading the ideas contributed by others!

Win beautiful books from University of Texas Press by submitting your photos #utphotosforbooks

The holidays are just around the corner and we have the  perfect antidote for all of you last minute shoppers. The University of Texas Press and the UT Libraries have teamed up to promote literacy and reading, which means you have a chance to win one of three beautiful books from University of Texas Press, a great gift for a book lover, UT fan, or yourself!

You can enter the contest in any of the following ways; just pick the one that’s easiest for you:

  1. Post the photo to Twitter with the hashtag #utphotosforbooks with your caption for the photo or…
  2. Post the photo with your caption to our Facebook page or…
  3. Email the photo to with your caption.

Here are the themes for each week:

*By sharing your photo, you give us permission to use your photo on our social media profiles and in future Library Insiders.

Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook for reminders about the contest each week and winner announcements. We can’t wait to see your photos!

New Knowledge Imaging Center scanners in PCL Periodicals Room

We’re happy to announce the installation of the first of two Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC) Scanner stations in the PCL Periodical Room.  These scanners allows you to quickly and easily scan an item and then either save the file to a USB/Flash drive or email the file to yourself or others.

Read the information from the scanner’s How Do I? entry below.  Expect to see more of these stations rolled out in PCL and the branches in the coming months!

What is a KIC Scanner?

A KIC Scanner is a walkup unit for scanning color and/or black and white material. The KIC Scanner can scan material up to 24” x 17”.

How do I use a KIC Scanner?

Scanning instructions are located alongside each KIC Scanning station. Also, follow the prompts on the touch panel.

How do I save scanned material?

You can save scanned material onto a USB drive (flash drive or memory stick). USB drives are for sale in the Library Copier Services office (PCL 1.102).

After logging in to the attached workstation, UT students, staff, and faculty can send the scanned images (all or selected) out via email.

KIC Scanners are NOT directly connected to any printers at this point in time.

Where are the KIC Scanners located?

Two KIC Scanners are located in PCL 2.400 (the PCL Periodicals Room) at the back of the room just past the photocopiers

Tip Jar Post #22 – Get a Job at the Libraries

So you’ve come back to campus only to find that the coffee shops have already hired all their baristas, teaching assistants have been assigned to classes, and all of the tutoring positions have been filled?  Don’t worry, there’s a perfect job waiting for you in one of the UT Libraries!

Student jobs in one of our 12 libraries on campus could be anything from shelving books, helping students with technology issues, checking out materials, or keeping students safe from vampires. Oops. Wrong library.

But still, the UT Libraries are a great place to work.  You can get your homework done while simultaneously memorizing every book, CD, or DVD that the library owns. You can also wow your friends by being the first to find their course books in the PCL stacks!

Go ahead! Fill out an application and come work with us!

More resources:



Visit the Find It @ UT Tables on the first two days of classes to get the help you need!

Nervous about the first few days of class?  Worried you won’t know your way around campus or find your class locations?  Don’t fret!

Libraries staff and student leaders from the Senate of College Councils and Student Government brave the August heat to host Find It @ UT Tables.  Each table features helpful, smiling faces that can help you navigate this huge campus and provide you with other information you may need to start the school year.

The Tables staffed by the Libraries can be found at the following locations on the first two days of classes, Wednesday, August 29 and Thursday, August 30, from 7:30am-1:00pm at the locations on the map below:

-Outside PCL, on the southwest corner of 21st and Speedway

-On the West Mall outside the Union

-On the East Mall outside the Jackson Geological Sciences Building

-Near RLM at Speedway

Student volunteers will also be available throughout campus Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-2pm.  Just look for students and staff in the bright green Find It @ UT t-shirts!

Check out the Longhorn Welcome site to find more back-to-school activities, including our big event with Student Government and the Student Events Center Film Committee,  Make Some Noise: Dance Party @ the Libraries w/Free Film and LED Pin Maker Break Friday night!

Make Some Noise: Dance Party @ the Libraries w/ free screening of Girl Walk // All Day & LED Pin Maker Break, 8/31!

Did someone say Back to School film screening and dance party? Join the UT Libraries, Student Government and the Student Events Center Film Committee on the PCL Plaza for a screening of Girl Walk // All Day, a film set to the sounds of Girl Talk. Bring a friend or make a new one and prepare yourself for a Friday night full of snacking, creating, and dancing! And yes, this is free!

Start the evening by making your very own wearable LED throwie pin, the perfect accessory for a nighttime dance party.  DJs from KVRX will keep the party going after the film.

The party gets started at 8pm on Friday, August 31st on the PCL Plaza!

Here’s the Facebook event.

Coming out to the dance party Friday night? We’ll have a limited number of chairs on the plaza because we’re certain you’ll want to dance along to this movie. Consider bringing a blanket to sit on the plaza.

Check out the film trailer below for a sample of what you can expect!







Printing now just 10 cents a page – plus more computer and printing news!

We’re happy to announce that black-and-white printing in the Libraries is now 10 cents a page.  This is 3 cents less than the previous price.

You’ll also notice some additional upgrades to computers and printing in all of the Libraries:

  • Duplexing available on all B&W printers and PCL Color
  • 10 cents per page cost for all B&W prints
  • New widescreen monitors

We hope you enjoy these improvements!

Questions about printing or computers in the Libraries?  Ask a Librarian.