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Assistance to the Physically Disabled
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, and 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.
 
Copiers
Copiers are available 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.

 
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.
 
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.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
Staff Work Areas
Staff work areas are restricted to library personnel only.
 
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.
 
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.

 

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