Chapter’s end: Library print collection heads south to shared UT/A&M facility

The UT Southwestern Medical Center Library has permanently stopped circulating books, to allow the print collection to be moved to the UT System/Texas A&M Joint Library Facility in College Station.

The Joint Library Facility (JLF) is an initiative of the UT and A&M library systems. Opened in May 2013 on A&M’s Riverside campus, it is designed to store up to 1 million volumes in secure, climate-controlled conditions.

“The opening of the JLF came at just the right time for us. The director’s offer to take our entire collection enables us to preserve a valuable resource not just for UT Southwestern but for all of Texas and the rest of the country,” said Laurie Thompson, Assistant Vice President for Library Services. “While it may seem that anything you could ever want is available online, there is still a wealth of knowledge to be found in those printed volumes.”

Once in the facility, materials are available to libraries through interlibrary loan. Journal articles will be scanned and delivered by email; books will be delivered by FedEx.

The UT Southwestern Library collection, recognized as the most comprehensive medical collection in Texas, will become the core of a shared resource used by students and faculty throughout the state, including the new UT System Medical Schools in Austin and South Texas.

The Library will retain a small print collection of titles held on reserve – as well as rare, unique, and archival materials – which may be used in the Library. The rest of the collection will be available electronically or through interlibrary loan. There will be no charge to UT Southwestern employees or students to request materials located at the JLF.

The vacated space on the Library’s middle and top floors will be used for new educational activities. The Library’s collection of electronic books and journals will remain available through its website.