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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.

Border Studies Archive
The Border Studies Archive houses collections focused on the folklore, histories and lives of people living along the U.S.-Mexican border in South Texas. Our collections include material, aural, and visual documentation.

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Current Periodicals
Current Periodicals including Newspapers can be found at the Library Service desk located on the 3rd floor East side of the Library.

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Disability Services
A Kurzweil machine for the visually challenged and a TDD system (access via telephone) for the hearing challenged are available on the 3rd floor. Inquire at the Service Desk on the 3rd floor for arrangements to use this equipment. Designated restrooms have been enlarged to accommodate wheelchairs. Specific tables and desks in the Reference Room and in the Library classrooms are also designated for patrons in wheelchairs. The Reference Room on the 2nd floor of the Library has JAWS screen reading software and scanner, large monitors, Sorenson VRS (Video Relay Service), and a ball mouse for use.

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General Book Collection
Books are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System. This is an alphanumeric classification, which means that it begins with a letter of the alphabet and continues with a number. Example of a call number:

HV [major topic]
4708 [subtopic]
.R43 [author]
1994 [publication date]

Books on the third floor have call numbers HD - PR. Books with call numbers A (general works) - HC are on the 2nd floor. Books with call numbers PS - Z (library science) are on the 4th floor.

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Group Study Rooms
Group Study Rooms are found along the South side of the 3rd floor and are available for reservation to students of 3 or more. The room can be used by an individual as long as there is not a request or reservation for group studies. Library staff can ask the individual to leave the room when there is a group study request or reservation. For more information on Group Study Rooms, click here.

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Interlibrary Loan
The InterLibrary Loan Office is located just to the North of the elevator. Material not available in this library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL.) You may fill out a form in the ILL office, at the reference desk, or online. This service is provided only for UTPA faculty, staff, students, and members of the Friends of the Library. Allow two weeks, or more, for arrival of material.

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Media (Audiovisuals)
Media (Audiovisuals) are located on the 3rd floor of the Library. The Library contains a large collection of audiovisual materials such as VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc, including materials required for classes, as well as the AFI's 100 Greatest Americans Films of all Time. Media is catalogued by call number order and can be found through the online catalog. Media may be checked out for up to three days; equipment is also provided for in-house use. For more information view the Media Circulation Policy.

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Microfilm/Microfiche Collections
Periodicals on microfiche are arranged alphabetically by title in self-serve cabinets. Journals and newspapers on microfilm are shelved alphabetically by title. Census data, journals, and books reproduced on microfilm are also available. Microfilm boxes are labeled with titles and dates. Microfiche should be returned in the baskets placed on top of the cabinets or by the reader/printers. Please do not reshelve the microfiche.

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Microform Reader/Printers
Reader/printers are available to make reproductions of articles on microfilm reel or microfiche. These printers are self-serve, but you may ask at the Service Desk if you need assistance. The charge is $0.20 per page; debit cards are no longer accepted.

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Reference Books
Reference books are arranged by the Library of Congress Classification System within the General Book Collection. Reference books are for use only in the reference room and may not be checked out or removed from the Library.

Books on the 2nd floor have call numbers A - HC. Books with call numbers HD - PR are on the 3rd floor. Books with call numbers PS - Z (library science) are on the 4th floor.

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Reserves/Media Desk
The Reserves/Media Department is on the 3rd floor, East side of the Library. This department houses reserves material, laptop computers, audio/visual materials, microforms, and current newspapers. Materials for class assignments are placed on reserve by faculty and teaching assistants. Reserve material is listed in the web catalog and can be found by course title or by instructor's name. Instructors may use the online forms to place materials on reserves. In addition to reserve materials, the Library also has laptop computers, digital cameras, and other media-related equipment that can be checked out. For more information visit the Reserves/Media Website

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Reserve Room
Materials for class assignments are placed on reserve by faculty and teaching assistants. Checkout time for reserve materials varies from two hours to a number of days. Charge for overdue material is $0.50 per hour, or any part of the day. Reserve material is listed in the online catalog and can be found by course title or by instructor's name.

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Service Desk
Library personnel are always available at the service desk to answer your questions. If you need assistance using the microform equipment, using media, etc., ask at the service desk.

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Study Area, Seminar, and Conference Room
Seminar and Conference rooms are available by reservation for faculty or staff.

These rooms are reserved by the Administration Office.

Note: we do not reserve the IGNU Room.

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