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Copy Machine
The Copy Machine is located on the 1st floor of the library.

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 BroncCard or guest Vending Card and $0.10 when using coins.
 
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.
 
Elevators
Elevators for general use are on the west side of the library on each floor.
 
Fire Exits
In case of fire, do not use the elevators; use the stairs to move downstairs and exit the building.  Stairwell doors will automatically close, but can be opened easily.  Emergency exit doors may be used in case of fire; alarms go off when those doors are opened.
 
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 with call numbers A (general works) through HE are located on the 2nd floor. Books with call numbers HF through PR are located on the 3rd floor. Books with call numbers PS through Z (library science) are located on the 4th floor.

 
Group Study Rooms
Group study rooms are available on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors. These rooms are available to students of 3 or more on a first-come basis. The room can be used by an individual as long as there is not a request for group studies. Library staff can ask individuals to leave the room when there is a group study request. If needed, white board markers, erasers, or SMART board pens are available at the 3rd floor service desk.
 
Help Telephones
A campus telephone is available on the northwest side of the library on the 1st floor.  This phone is for on-campus calls only.

A courtesy phone which allows outside calls is located on the 2nd floor.

Library Help telephones are available on the 2nd3rd and 4th floors West stacks area for those in need of assistance in locating books.

 
Juvenile Collection
The Juvenile Collection consists of a sampling of books for pre-school through high school, and are located on the 2nd floor. All, except books labeled JuvR (Juvenile Reference), may be checked out. Juvenile books in Spanish are labeled JuvS.
 
Kurzweil Machine
A Kurzweil machine for the visually challenged is located on the 3rd floor. Inquire at the Service Desk on the 3rd floor for arrangements to use this equipment.
 
Library Catalog
The library catalog is available on computers throughout the library, the UTPA campus, and around the world.  The catalog lists the books, newspapers, journals, movies, etc., that the library owns. 
 
Library Instruction Classrooms
Classrooms are located on the 1st floor of the library. 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.
 
Library of Congress Classification System
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]

 
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.
 
Microfilm/Microfiche Collections
The Microfilm and Microfiche collections are located on the 3rd floor of the library. 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..
 
Microform Readers/Printers
The Microform Readers and Printers are located on the 3rd floor of the library. 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 $.20 per page, debit cards are no longer accepted..
 
Oversize Books Collection
Oversize Books are located on the 4th floor of the library. The Oversize Collection is a collection of large or oversized books, too tall to fit on the normal bookshelves. Spine labels on these books display the word OVERS above the call number..
 
Periodicals
Current and bound periodicals are located on the 2nd floor West side of the library. For help with these periodicals, please contact Reference Desk personnel on the 2nd Floor. Newspapers can be found at the Library Service desk located on the 3rd floor East side of the library.
 
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 through HE. Books with call numbers HF through PR are on the 3rd floor. Books with call numbers PS through Z (library science) are on the 4th floor .
 
Reference Desk
As you enter the 2nd floor from the elevators you will immediately see the Reference Desk.  Librarians and other library staff are available at all times to help you with your research. The Reference area includes 80 PCs with Internet access, the library catalog, web databases and other research tools.  Printing is available.  If you are not sure where to start, or need help using the catalog or a database, ask at the desk for assistance. .
 
Restrooms
Restrooms are on the southwest side of the library on each floor. Designated restrooms have been enlarged to accommodate wheelchairs.
 
Scanners
Scanners are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Library. Scans can be saved through a USB drive or the files can be emailed directly to the user.
 
Stairs
Stairwells for general use are on the southwest and northwest side of the library on each floor. 
 
Study carrels
Study carrels (desks) are quiet areas scattered throughout the Library.  These are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

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