UTA Central Library: tour


Here you will find information about the staff, services, resources, and physical spaces of the UTA Central Library.

Library staff are available 24/7 to help.

To enter and exit the Central Library, bring your UTA MavID, government issued photo ID, or use the keypad to enter your student ID number.

Service Zone

When you enter the Library, turn to your left to visit the Service Zone. In this space you will find Library staff to answer your questions and checkout items to you. You will also find OIT Help Desk staff to answer your tech questions.

A Self-Checkout Station is setup in this area so you can quickly checkout library resources to yourself and be on your way!

Next to the Service Zone, you will find copiers and scanners. If you need help, ask at the Service Zone.

(FYI - the poster plotter is now on the 2nd floor)

FabLab is to your right as you enter the Central Library. The FabLab is a creative hub for UTA students, faculty and staff, providing access to technologies, equipment, training, inspirational spaces, and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration in support of invention and entrepreneurship.

academic plaza

On the 2nd floor, you will find the Academic Plaza. Here you will find help with your research projects and course assignments, tutoring, supplemental instruction, mentoring, academic advising, lots of computers and study spaces.

If you have questions about the IDEAS Center or meeting with an IDEAS Center tutor or mentor, turn to your left as you exit the elevators and you will see the service desk.

As you exit the elevators, you are greeted by the Research Coaches. The Coaches are UTA students with the skills and knowledge to help you navigate the Library. Meet with a Coach to help you identify relevant resources and get you started on your research quest.

Turn to your right as you exit the elevators and you will see the area designated for UTSI (University Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction). If you are meeting with a tutor, this space is where you need to be.

Behind the elevators is a large space used for group study. It's a great place to meetup between classes or do some late night cramming. There are also a couple of treadmill work stations if you are looking to get a bit of exercise while you study. If you are looking for a quiet place to study, the 4th and 5th floors are designated quiet spaces.

3rd Floor

On the 3rd floor, you will find bound and current periodicals and government documents. The 3rd floor also has computers, areas for collaborative study, group study rooms, and a classroom which is open for general use when not reserved for instruction.

315A is located directly across from the elevators. This room is open for your use when not reserved for classroom instruction. As you enter the classroom you will see information about the schedule and times it is available for open study.

There are many places throughout the Library to use for group study. The space pictured above is located on the 3rd floor. Food and drink are allowed in the Library so feel free to bring snacks to get you through the long study sessions.

4th & 5th Floors

The 4th and 5th floors are designated as quiet study. If you need a study space with less noise, you'll want to head to these floors.

The 4th floor has books A-L and the 5th floor has books P-Z. If you need help, ask a Research Coach in the Academic Plaza or staff in the Service Zone, first floor.

On the 4th floor you will find lots of DVDs to browse. When you find one you want to checkout, take the case to the service desk on the first floor, and library staff will pull the actual DVD and give you a 3-day checkout.

The Reading Resource Collection contains children's and young adult literature. This area on the 4th floor also contains many of the textbooks used in Texas school districts.

Floors 3-5 all have study rooms. The study rooms are for group study and are different sizes; some have monitors and designated computers. Click on the button below for a complete list of study room locations, equipment in each room, and to make a reservation.

The Graduate Study Room is located in room 521. Only graduate students have access to this space and no reservation is required.

Writing Center, room 411. Writing consultants are available by appointment.

You'll find plenty of food options in the Library. On the first floor is Einstein Bros. There is a market located in the Academic Plaza where you can purchase a variety of snacks and beverages. There are also a couple of microwaves for your convenience and seating areas for you to meet your friends and have lunch or just take a break. Other vending options are located throughout the Library. Or, feel free to bring your own food and drink.

6th floor

On the 6th floor you will find Special Collections, the Library's Administrative offices, exhibit space, an open group study space you can use when it is not reserved for events, and the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies.

Special Collections focuses on materials related to the history of Texas, Mexico, the Mexican War (1846-1848), and maps, which depict the cartographic history of the Gulf of Mexico region and the greater Southwest.


The dataCAVE provides support and services centering on data-driven research. Services include teaching and consulting on working with data, partnering with researchers in use of data visualization tools, publishing datasets, and reviewing data management plans.

In the basement behind the elevator core, you will find a library classroom, B20. The basement floor also has open study space, gaming equipment, vending machines, and the microfilm collection.

The Basement, gaming space, includes PlayStation4, XBox One, PC, AR/VR, and tabletop games.

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