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UTA Parent and Family Weekend

Explore the new UTA FabLab as part of the university's parent and family weekend. Central Library will host an open house from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25 where visitors can tour the FabLab and explore exhibits on the first and sixth floor. On the first floor, MavsArt Fall 2014 showcases 67 works by 25 artists from the UTA community. The exhibit is self-guided. On the sixth floor, the Special Collections' exhibit “The Price of Manifest Destiny: Maps Relating to Wars in the Southwest Borderlands, 1800-1866” will be open. In the parlor, visitors can relax and enjoy free snacks while watching a slide show commemorating Central Library's 50th anniversary. All events are free and open to the public. UTA Parent and Family Weekend.




Congratulations Faculty

Victorian ProfessorThe UTA Libraries recognize and congratulate our faculty who have achieved promotion and tenure. To see their selection of materials, visit our Digital Bookplates.











New policy improves security

At UT Arlington Libraries, we believe in providing a transformational learning experience for our students by offering quality resources, cutting-edge tools, and a safe, welcoming environment. We want the UTA community to feel secure in the library so they can focus on what matters—connecting with others, exploring the world of ideas, and creating new and innovative knowledge.


For years, UTA Libraries have required students and staff to swipe their MavIDs before entering Central Library between midnight and 7 a.m. Starting Sept. 15, the library will expand the existing program and begin using a card-swipe system similar to the one used at the Mavericks Activity Center. UTA students, faculty, and staff will swipe their MavID before entering and exiting Central Library. Visitors must show a government-issued photo ID and register at the desk before entering the library. For quick entry and exit, please have your MavID ready.


The new program is intended to deter would-be thieves and unauthorized persons as well as provide data about general patterns of building use. By analyzing times of peak operation, the library can better plan for the future needs of our students. Improving the student experience is a continual process for us and we welcome your feedback.




Exploring Manifest Destiny through maps

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 00481Geography shapes wars and wars shape geography. Cartography, being directly concerned with geography, is affected by wars through direct association. A new exhibit, The Price of Manifest Destiny: Maps relating to Wars in the Southwest Borderlands, 1800-1866, examines how maps and war interlock in the nineteenth century. 


Curator Ben Huseman, UTA Special Collections cartographic archivist, selected approximately 100 rare maps for the exhibit, including John Robinson’s Map of Mexico, Louisiana, and the Missouri Territory, the first map to name Pike’s Peak, Stephen F. Austin’s map of Texas, and John Disturnell’s “treaty map” used in the negotiations to end the U.S.-Mexico War in 1848. The exhibit will also feature U.S. Army maps relating to various Indian wars and the “Mormon War” of the 1850s, maps relating to the Civil War in the American Southwest, and maps pertaining to the French Intervention in Mexico.


“The theme of Manifest Destiny is such a rich area for the history of cartography,” Huseman said. “It allows us to display more of our U.S.-Mexico War maps and some of our Civil War maps.” The exhibit also shows maps reflecting both sides of the conflicts, not just the U.S. side. "Historians of the United States and Mexico can find much common ground to explore, both literally and figuratively, since in many cases we are talking about shared pasts involving the same geographical territories. By studying maps depicting areas on both sides of the border we can see how our histories intertwine," Huseman said.


Special Collections is located on the sixth floor of UTA’s Central Library and is open Mondays 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Tuesdays-Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to all.




Nursing librarians hold office hours in Pickard Hall

Librarians for the College of Nursing will again hold office hours in the Learning Resource Center at Pickard Hall Room 119. Students will find a librarian available on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., beginning August 25. For more information contact Peace Ossom Williamson at