Use of the Library by Community and TexShare Users
The primary mission of the UTEP Library is to support the teaching, research, and public service programs of the University of Texas at El Paso. While UTEP students, faculty, and staff have priority in the use of materials and services, the Library recognizes its responsibility to serve the local, regional, and international community.
Community and TexShare use
Community and TexShare users are encouraged to exhaust the resources of the El Paso Public Library and their school libraries before using the University Library. Community and TexShare users are welcome to use the UTEP Library's facilities, services,
All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied and supervised at all times by an adult. Children may not be left unattended. Unattended children under the age of 12 will be placed in the custody of the UTEP police until a parent or legal guardian arrives to assume responsibility for them.
Teachers, parents, and community organizations may bring
- All tours must be scheduled and approved by the staff of the Research/Instruction Department, email@example.com, or call 747-5643. Staff may not be available to conduct tours for groups that arrive without making the prior arrangements. Groups without reservations may be asked to leave the building.
- The UTEP Library is a place for quiet study. It is disruptive and generally inappropriate to bring large numbers of pre-school or grade school children to the Library during the school semester. Therefore, the preferred time for these tours is during intersession.
- Tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance to ensure proper scheduling.
- The maximum suggested
sizefor a tour group is 25. Groups of young children should have a ratio of one adult for every 8 children.
- No tours will be given during the week prior to finals, or finals week
It is strongly recommended that all groups of 5 or more who will be coming to the Library for tours or research purposes notify the Library Research/Instruction Department two weeks in advance, in order to facilitate their accommodation.
In-House Use of Library Materials
Most books, periodicals, and other materials in the Library may be used by members of the general public.
Community User Cards
Residents of El Paso County, 18 years of age or older, may secure borrowing privileges by acquiring a Community User Card. The fee is $50 per year and includes Interlibrary Loan privileges at a cost of $5.00 per item. Fines are charged for books returned late, lost, or damaged.
Users associated with UTEP may obtain a free Community Users card. Examples:
- Alumni Association Member
- Associate of the Library
TexShare User Cards
Residents of El Paso County, 18 years of age or older, may secure borrowing privileges by acquiring a TexShare card, which may be obtained at the El Paso Community College, Public Library, and other Texas libraries.
|Main Stack Collection:||14 days|
Maximum number of items allowed to be borrowed concurrently: 3
Maximum number of renewals: 3 per item -- in-person renewals only
Borrowing is not permitted from the following collections:
Browsing, Children's, Special Collections and Reference
Periodicals do not circulate.
|Overdue fines:||$ .25 per day|
Cause for suspension of library privileges:
- 3 or more items overdue concurrently
- $25 or more owed to the Library in bills or fines
- Not returning overdue items which have been recalled
Renewals can only be done in person at the Library. They cannot be done over the phone or by email.
Interlibrary loan services are available to Community Users who have purchased a card. There is a handling charge of $5.00 per transaction, in addition to any charges accessed by the sending library.
Reference and other information services are provided to all patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. However, at all times, priority is given to UTEP students and faculty.
Instruction in the use of Library resources is available only to University classes. Occasionally exceptions are made for high school honors classes and groups with special needs. Class instruction is provided strictly by appointment. Contact the Research/Instruction Department (747-5643) for additional information
Telephone / E-mail / Live Chat queries
Short reference questions are answered as time permits. In-house users at the public service desks are given priority.
The equipment and services of the Collaborative Learning Center are exclusively for the use of currently enrolled UTEP students. Community and TexShare users may access the Library's electronic resources using the computers in the Media & Microforms Department on the first floor and on the designated computers in the Collaborative Learning Center on the second floor.
UTEP students, faculty, and staff have priority in the use of the Library's Internet, CD-ROM, and related electronic products. Community and TexShare users may be asked to relinquish the use of Library computers in order to allow UTEP users access. Certain databases are not available to Community and TexShare users due to licensing agreements. Remote access to the Library's databases is not available to TexShare users.
Library computers must be used for their assigned purpose. Computer use is restricted to databases authorized by the Library. Web "surfing," "chatting," e-mailing, or other personal use of this equipment is not permitted.
The Library's meeting and instruction facilities may only be used by University-affiliated groups. They are not available to community groups or individuals.