News and Events

Central Library Construction

Central Library is undergoing construction on the first floor during the summer months. A covered corridor from the entrance doors to the elevator has been constructed to allow visitors to pass through the construction zone safely and get to other floors.


All library services that used be on the first floor are now located on the 2nd floor of Central Library and will remain there for the summer. OIT Help Desk is also located on the 2nd floor for the summer semesters.


The library media collection of CDs and DVDs will be placed in storage and unavailable during this time. With an exception for faculty need to use the materials for class, no items will be retrieved from storage.


To request an item from the library media collection to be placed on reserves for a class, email To request an item from the library media collection to show for a class, email


Non-classroom related requests for CDs and DVDs can be handled through Interlibrary Loan. Multimedia requests can take ten or more days to fulfill.


Starbucks in the Central Library is closed for the summer.



Garrett Lectures explore Manifest Destiny

S. Augustus Mitchell, Sr. (1790-1868) Map of Mexico, Including Yucatan and Upper California, exhibiting the chief Cities and Towns, the Principal Travelling Routes &c., engraved transfer color lithograph, 43 x 64 cm. (Philadelphia: S. Augustus Mitchell, 1847).  90 00481Map enthusiasts and scholars will mark a trail to Dallas-Fort Worth Oct. 16-19 for the Ninth Biennial Virginia Garrett Lectures on the History of Cartography and Map Fair of the West hosted by UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections, the Texas Map Society, and the Rocky Mountain Map Society.


Scholars from Texas and Colorado will speak at the Garrett Lectures held at UTA’s Central Library on Oct. 16 and 17. This year’s theme, “The Price of Manifest Destiny: War and American Expansion, 1800-1865,” examines the impact of U.S. expansion as it was reflected in maps from the time of Thomas Jefferson to the end of the U.S. Civil War. The lectures also examine how maps reflect Mexico’s loss of territory after war with the U.S. and the intensified political problems resulting within the young Mexican republic.


The Garrett Lectures will feature an exhibit of about 100 rare 19th-century maps illustrating the conference’s theme. Highlights include U.S.-Mexico War battle maps hand-drawn by U.S. Army engineers and an 1819 map of Mexico, Louisiana, and Missouri Territory that labels Pike’s Peak for the first time in cartographic history. The Map Fair of the West at the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas Oct. 18-19 is an extravagant shopping event for map collectors and the general public bringing in map dealers from around the U.S. and Europe.


The Map Fair will also feature lectures on how to care for and preserve antique maps as well as other topics. According to Gerald Saxon, president of the Texas Map Society, “This is the first year the Map Fair has come to the DFW area, giving people in Texas and the region an opportunity to talk with the finest map dealers in the world and to see and purchase rare and historically significant maps.”


For more information about the Garrett Lectures and the Map Fair, visit


The Texas Map Society and the Rocky Mountain Map Society, two of the Fair’s co-sponsors, are nonprofit, member-based organizations dedicated to the study, understanding, preservation, restoration, and collection of historical maps. More information about the Texas Map Society can be found at Information about the Rocky Mountain Map Society is at




Group study rooms move to self-service reservation system

Group study rooms will be unavailable during intersession starting August 15th as the UT Arlington Libraries make the transition to OpenRoom for all group study rooms reservations. Students will be able to make room reservations online, but will no longer need to check out a key for a room. Group study room reservations will be available in OpenRoom on August 21st.


For more information, contact Rene Tamez.




Digital Media Studio becoming part of FabLab

The Digital Media Studio (DMS), currently located in the basement of Central Library, will cease operations after Aug. 12 at 5:00 pm. Central Library’s FabLab, opening fall 2014, will include DMS services. Equipment like the plotter printers, 3D printer and 3D scanner will move to the first floor space. DMS computers and software will also become part of the FabLab.


For more information, contact




Exhibit commemorates World War I


In honor of this year’s World War I centenary, UT Arlington Libraries are exhibiting about 30 period photographs showing the North Texas area’s involvement in the war. The Great War: Fort Worth and Arlington During WWI showcases Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie and the town of Arlington before and during the war. The free exhibit is located in the 6th floor Parlor of Central Library and runs through Aug. 30.


Camp Bowie was founded in 1917 three miles west of downtown Fort Worth. The tent camp housed and trained the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division and encompassed over 2000 acres. On April 11, 1918, an estimated 225,000 people crowded into downtown Fort Worth to watch the four-hour parade of troops departing for France. Following the troops’ departure, Camp Bowie operated as an infantry replacement and training facility. More than 100,000 soldiers trained at the camp during its history. After the armistice in November 1918, Camp Bowie was designated a demobilization center until its closure in August 1919. Builders then quickly developed the area into a residential neighborhood.


UTA has a strong military background with our predecessors Carlisle Military Academy (1902-1913), Arlington Training School (1913-1916), and Arlington Military Academy (1916-1917). Photos from these eras provide a glimpse of life on campus and in the town during the World War I period.


For more information, contact Erin O’Malley.




Plagiarism quiz now available in Blackboard for faculty

The Acknowledging Sources Quiz from the UTA Libraries’ Plagiarism Tutorial is now available through Blackboard. Instructors can upload the quiz into their course for grading instead of relying on student emails. Students still access the tutorial online, but are redirected to Blackboard for the quiz.


To upload the quiz for your course, log on to Blackboard. Under Institution Files, open the Library folder then the Library Content subfolder. Check the box by TestExportFile_org_library_Acknowledging Sources and copy it into your course folder.

For more information, contact Lydia Pyburn at



Special Collections exhibit spotlights "forgotten" U.S.-Mexico War

Capitulation of MontereyLooking for something air-conditioned to do on campus this summer? Visit UT Arlington Libraries’ exhibit Celebrating and Forgetting, Lamenting and Remembering: The U.S.—Mexico War 1846-1848 on the sixth floor of Central Library now through Aug. 30.


The exhibit presents a rare opportunity for visitors to see about 160 items pulled from the library’s Special Collections, renowned as having one of the finest collections of U.S.—Mexico War materials in the world.


Highlights of the exhibit include:

  • An original 1836 copy of Stephen F. Austin’s Map of Texas used by Anglo immigrants.
  • An original 1836 copy of Texas’ Declaration of Independence printed in San Felipe de Austin, with a description on the back of the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos hand-written by one of the signers.
  • Original printed lithographs depicting battles and scenes of the war by artist/entrepreneur Nathaniel Currier (of Currier & Ives) and German artist/illustrator Carl Nebel.
  • Three original daguerreotypes of U.S. participants in the war. These tiny, delicate, one-of-a-kind objects are among the first wartime photographs ever taken and have never been exhibited.
  • Original letters and documents by famous participants in the U.S.—Mexico War such as U.S. Army “junior officers” Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott, U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and Mexican Generals and politicians Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Pedro Ampudia, and Mariano Arista.


The U.S.—Mexico War is one of the formative events in North American history and continues to have repercussions for modern international relations. The struggling Republic of Mexico lost over half its territory while the U.S. gained Texas, California and the Southwest. Today, however, the war is largely overlooked in popular culture.


Celebrating and Forgetting is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to all.


For group tours, contact Ben Huseman.