Library Services for K12 Teachers

UT Arlington Library is committed to connecting with our community and helping K12 students prepare for the transition from high school to college. Our goal is to promote the library as a tool for academic success and help our users become lifelong learners by offering tours and instruction sessions.

Educators and students may access many of our resources online or schedule a class visit.

Online Resources

These resources may be freely accessed from any computer with an Internet connection and used in the classroom.

Library Catalog

Allows users to find relevant books and journals on any topic. Please note that e-books cannot be viewed from outside the library unless you are a UT Arlington student or employee.


History's Lessons

A collection of historical documents, images, and maps from UT Arlington Library Special Collections. Each item has a TEKS-aligned lesson plan accompanying it.

Subject Guides
A tool to assist students working on extended essays or other research papers by listing relevant databases and resources. Databases may only be accessed within the Library.

Visiting UT Arlington Library

The library offers opportunities for students to use our research resources or to tour the building and experience how college libraries are different from their school or public libraries.

Instruction sessions are taught by librarians and typically last two hours. Instruction curriculum includes:

  • When to use books versus articles
  • How to use the Library's catalog
  • How to locate books on the shelf
  • Which databases are suitable for their needs
  • How to access and use those databases

The librarian leaves time at the end of the session for the students to conduct research and is available to answer questions or assist with finding information.


Individual Research
Individual students may come to the library to do research. To access the computers and databases during their visit, they must get a 1-hour computer pass from the Service Desk at Central or in any branch library. Library databases cannot be accessed outside the library.

Borrowing Privileges
Students and educators may borrow up to five books for 21 days. A parental permission form is required for students under 18.

UT Arlington Library offers tours as a way to decrease students' confusion with the library and to show services available to students. Tours may be combined with instruction or taken on their own.

Making an Appointment
To bring a class for a tour or instruction session, please contact Librarian Diane Shepelwich at least three weeks in advance of your visit by emailing

Printing and Copying
Visitors may buy a print card from a Print Card vending machine located on the first floor of Central Library near the OIT Help Desk. Photocopiers accept cash. The library also offers document scanning stations. For online items, visitors may email articles or save them to a USB drive.


         Tips for Research at UT Arlington Library Handout.

During Your Visit

Directions and Parking
Campus maps and directions to the campus are available.

A parking garage is located on the east side of Central Library. For buses or other parking arrangements, contact the UT Arlington Parking Office at 817-272-3907.

Dining on Campus
UT Arlington can accommodate your class at one of its dining areas. The Plaza Food Court offers fast food outlets like Chik-Fil-A and Pizza Hut, while Connections Cafe features all-you-can-eat dining in a large cafeteria space.

Other UT Arlington Departments

Contact Information

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact:

Diane Shepelwich