We can assist researchers via email, postal mail and telephone with questions that staff can answer in roughly fifteen minutes.
Examples include basic reference questions, checking whether materials are stored on- or off-site, sending electronic copies of finding aids that are not yet available online, and confirming days and hours that we are open for research.
If your question fits this description, please send it using the online form below, call the reference desk at (512) 495-4532, or mail it to us.
Reference Request Form
We answer questions in the order we receive them. Please do not send multiple requests if you do not hear back right away. We strive to answer all questions within a week of receipt.
Other help you might need:
Do you want to order copies? Please consult our duplication section.
Do you want to request an inter-library loan of a book or microfilm reel? Initiate the request with your home library, and it will contact the University of Texas Libraries, which will arrange any eligible loans.
Do you need more research help than we can provide? Consider hiring a researcher from the Austin area to help you where our available services leave off.
Do you need to know how to cite our materials? We have a formatting guide available.
If you intend to cite Briscoe Center materials in your research, please remember to visit our How to Cite page to submit an Intent to Cite form.
Do you want to know the value of something that you own? We do not conduct appraisals, but we do have a list of professional appraisers.