Resources and Services for Faculty

The Libraries take pride in the services provided by the staff and the collections available both in print and online. The Library takes full advantage of technology to offer a broad range of online resources selected to support the University's research and teaching missions. Most fields are represented in the million-plus items available within the Library. The Library is a depository for selected publications and maps from the U.S. Government and the State of Texas.

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Checkout Privileges for Faculty

Borrow up to 300 items from the Main Stacks Check out books for a semester, with 6 renewals. To renew items online please follow these instructions.
To gain access to an academic or public library in Texas, consider a TexShare card.

Interlibrary Loan (Connect)

Our Interlibrary Loan Service provides electronic copies of articles and short term loans of books not available in the UTD Libraries. Login using your NetId and password.

E-Delivery (Connect)

The E-Delivery Service provides electronic copies of chapters from books in our collection, articles from proceedings or from our print or microform journal collection. Use the E-Delivery button on your Interlibrary Loan main menu.

Course Reserves

The Libraries provide course reserve materials both in print and electronically. The Reserves Service digitizes the materials while adhering to all copyright and license agreements.

Information Literacy, Instruction, and Tours

Librarians offer assistance in developing library research skills while utilizing the Library and its resources. Librarians can prepare a customized session for your class on locating specific information, conducting a literature review, preparing a marketing plan, or undertaking a legislative history. Also librarians offer one on one instruction sessions for students, faculty and staff as well as library tours and various workshops.
Faculty Request for a Group Instruction Session  –  (FAQ about Library Instruction)
Request A Personal Instruction Session
Request A McDermott Library Tour

Liaison Services

Liaison librarians are appointed for each School at UT Dallas. These professionals can assist faculty by providing reference assistance; instructing a class on the use of the Library and its collections; and purchasing materials in support of faculty research and the curriculum.

WebCT / Blackboard and Your Liaison

Library instruction can also be included in your course management system (WebCT or Blackboard). Some easy ways to accomplish this are:

  • Invite a librarian to join your course as a guest lecturer before an assignment is due to manage a discussion and suggest scholarly sources.
  • Arrange for a librarian to prepare tutorials/handouts tailored to fit your assignment that can be posted within your course.
  • Invite a librarian to create announcements that you can post throughout the semester to highlight library resources/services.
  • Link to your liaison's contact information (IM/email/phone number).
  • Include a link to the Library's Ask-a-Librarian service.

Assistance When You Need It - Reference Services

Knowledgeable in a broad range of print and electronic sources, Reference Librarians assist faculty in identifying and locating vital research materials. Reference librarians also communicate essential information about materials, services, and resources by teaching classes in research methods and by creating subject research guides. Experts in the Library's 200-plus databases, Reference Librarians advise faculty in search strategies to get maximum effective use of online research materials. Additionally, they assist the University community at the Reference Desk, by phone, and by instant message services (Ask a Librarian).
For more information, contact Ellen Safley, Dean of Libraries, [email protected] or 972-883-2916.


The Libraries use a variety of approaches to purchase materials. The Policy concerning how materials are collected is provided electronically. The Libraries use an approval plan vendor, order materials directly from publishers, or purchase materials consortially with other libraries. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the librarian for your School.

Honored Faculty & Honored Books

Since 2006, the Dean of Libraries at UT Dallas and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost have organized and sponsored an annual event to celebrate the publishing contributions and tenure achievements of our creative, distinguished, and dedicated faculty. The Faculty-Author Reception recognizes faculty, staff, and students who are making considerable and notable contributions to UT Dallas, not only in the literary world but also academically. To ensure that your recently-published creative work qualifies for inclusion at our reception, please read UT DALLAS FACULTY – AUTHOR RECEPTION GUIDELINES to participate in this program.

Achieving Tenure: Celebrating Books Program

Newly-tenured faculty members are also an important part of the Faculty-Author Reception. Eugene McDermott Library recognizes the bond between the written word and the achievement of faculty members who have attained tenure. The reception celebrates these faculty members and the books that influenced them. Their books will be added to the Library’s collection, complete with a personalized bookplate to celebrate their promotion. Please read UT DALLAS FACULTY Achieving Tenure: Celebrating Books PROGRAM GUIDELINES.