The Reserves/Media Department is on the third 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. The overdue fine for these materials is a charge for any part of an hour past the due time.
Hours may vary during the Summer, during Holidays, and between semesters. A complete listing of Library Hours, with these schedule changes, may be found on the Library's webpage.
Electronic Reserves are class documents such as readings, articles, answer keys, and sample exams that students can access from the Library’s Electronic Course Reserves. These documents are placed on electronic reserves by faculty for their students. Documents must be found in our licensed databases or owned by the faculty. Students may access them by logging in on to their Blackboard accounts.
Faculty may place these document on Electronic Course Reserves through the Library’s Online Electronic Reserve Request Form.
Each professor will make the decision about the length of time materials can be checked out when the reserves forms are submitted. Checkout time for reserve materials varies from two hours to a week. The charge for overdue material is $0.50 per hour for materials available for less than 24-hour checkout, and $0.50 a day for those available on a 24 hour or longer basis. Patrons must present their own validated and barcoded UTPA ID card to get materials on reserve. Public and non-UTPA students may check-out Library materials on Reserve for in Library use only by providing a valid government issued ID. All in-house use reserves stop circulation, and are due back 30 minutes before library closes.
VHS video tapes, audio cassettes, CD-ROM audio disks, filmstrips, filmstrips with cassettes, and slides may be used by faculty, students, staff, or public patrons. Faculty, staff, and students must have a Bronc ID with a bar code. If a faculty member needs to send his/her ID with a student or staff worker to check out media, a note to that effect must be written on a UTPA letterhead and signed by the professor. Students may check out media for class presentation use for up to three days. Failure to return media after the loan period will result in a hold being placed on the patron account for circulation of all library materials, and a late fee of $1.00 per day will be assessed. Public and non-UTPA students may check out Library materials on reserve for in-library use only by providing a valid government issued ID.
Media materials are not loaned out through Interlibrary Loan. Media materials may not be checked out with a TexShare card, with the exception of CDs for books.
Loan Periods for Media Equipment
For additional information view the Media Materials Circulation Policy, section 7.1 in the Library Policy Manual.
The Library subscribes to major newspapers for student use and research purposes. Below is a list of the newspapers available.