1st Floor Map
See below to find out more about the services and resources available throughout the UTPA Library.Click on the area you are interested in to find out more about the services and resources available throughout the UTPA Library.
FOOD IS NOT PERMITTED IN THE LIBRARY. DRINKS ARE ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY PROVIDED THEY ARE KEPT IN A CONTAINER THAT CAN BE SEALED WITH A TIGHT FITTING LID. FOR MORE INFORMATION REVIEW THE FOOD AND DRINK POLICY.
On the West side of the lobby is a set of double doors and a security gate that leads to the Circulation area. Present your valid UTPA barcoded ID with the books you wish to borrow. You may also reserve material that is checked out by placing a Hold Request at the Circulation Desk or via our online catalog. Please stop by the Circulation Desk and make sure we have a valid phone number and/or email address so that we may contact you once the book is returned. A "missing" search card may be filled out for a book you cannot locate. Also, any materials you have requested through Interlibrary Loan, can be picked up at the Circulation Desk.
BronCards may be used in copiers throughout campus as well as in microform readers on the 3rd floor of the Library. For guests without a valid UTPA ID/BronCard, guest Vending Cards are available for purchase for $1.00 on the 1st floor. Cash may be added to the Vending Cards in denominations from $5.00 - $20.00, and may be reused indefinitely. Any problems with vending cards are handled by Auxiliary Services, (956) 665-7276.
Copies are $0.08 when using your UTPA BronCard or guest Vending Card and $0.10 when using coins.
The Library Archives are across from the Circulation entrance to the Southeast side of the lobby, through the Shary Room. This is a collection of archival or original papers, maps, photographs, and other materials from local people and businesses.
Library Instruction Classrooms
Classes are offered throughout the school year on proper research methods and the use of library materials including government documents, books, journals, and internet sources. Instructional sessions may be scheduled for specific courses and will be geared toward the needs of that class. The Schedule Library Instruction form for is available online.
The Lower Rio Grande Valley Special Collections is located on the 1st floor of the Library, next to the Circulation Desk, in room 1.104. Special Collections is used to describe our collections within the Library that are special, either because they refer to our geographic region, such as the Lower Rio Grande Valley Collection (LRGV) or because they refer to our unique Archives.
You may enter the Library from the North or the South side of the building. The main lobby of the Library is a popular place to study and socialize. Soft drink machines and snack machines are located here.
Popular Literature/New Books Display
These books, which provide current reading for students and other patrons, are located in the big bookcase next to the Circulation Desk and are available for a two-week checkout.
The Shary Room reproduces John H. Shary's original office, and has a collection of photographs and other items from the Shary mansion in Mission. There is a conference table which seats 10, and it can be used as a meeting room.