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Research Visit

The Briscoe Center is undergoing a major renovation of the first floor of Sid Richardson Hall Unit 2 in 2016. During this time, our public reference services will operate from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room in the LLILAS Benson Latin American Collection, our neighbors in Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 1. While every effort will be made to maintain public research access to our collections during our renovation, limited space at the Benson Collection requires several changes to our reference and access policies and procedures. Please consult the “Plan Your Visit” page of our website for information about hours, appointment requests and retrieval policies.

We urge researchers to request an appointment to do research while we operate from the Benson Latin American Collection. When you arrive for your appointment you will need to follow these procedures before beginning your research:

1. Place the following in lockers provided in the hallway outside the reading room:

  • Hats and coats
  • Purses, backpacks, laptop and camera cases
  • Food and drinks
  • Personal books, notebooks and folders

2. Bring in:

  • A valid photo ID
  • A personal camera for photographing items in the reading room (no personal scanning or photocopying equipment).
  • A laptop computer.
  • Notes on loose paper (no bound notebooks or spirals; we provide additional scratch paper). We will stamp these with our clearance mark before you are seated.

3. Storage of handguns is not allowed in Briscoe Center lockers or other areas. For questions concerning concealed carry on campus, refer to the University Handbook of Operating Procedures, 8-1060 “Campus Concealed Carry,", and the UT Campus Carry website,

4. Register as a researcher using your photo ID at our information desk, or sign in if you have registered here before. When you sign in, we will issue you a parking permit to place on your dashboard if you parked in the LBJ visitor’s lot.

5. Let the reference staff know what materials you pre-ordered when you requested an appointment. They will give you a seat number and your first box, books or files.

6. Enjoy viewing our materials at your table, one box, one map folder, one book, or one vertical file at a time. Turn in these items to exchange them for others to take to your table.. If you wish to see additional materials during your appointment time, you may turn in three more call slips when you are using your last box, file or volume. We take call slips until 30 minutes after the hour, for delivery of materials at the top of the next hour. Materials will be delivered only once an hour.