Information for Visitors

The University of Texas at Dallas is a public research university, and is part of the University of Texas System. The Libraries of the University of Texas at Dallas are open to the public:

Monday through Friday, 7am to 11pm

Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 11pm.

Visitors in the library at 11pm will be asked to leave.

If you have questions about McDermott Library, visit our Ask-a-Librarian page.


McDermott Library Information

  • Phone Number

    For general information, call 972-883-2955. See the Contacts page for other departments.

  • Tours

    If you are interested in a personal tour of McDermott Library, please contact McDermott Library Instruction Services.

  • Meeting Space

    McDermott Library is unable to provide meeting space for outside groups. The use of space within the University by outside groups is arranged by the President’s Office. An outside group will need a University sponsor. The sponsor should contact the President’s Office at 972-883-2201.

  • Materials Checkout
    • McDermott Library contains a number of collections.
    • Most materials from the Main Stacks collection are available to borrow from the Library. Materials from the Reference, Journals, Special Collections, and Microform collections must be used in the Library.
    • Policies for Visitors – Visitors may borrow most books from the Main Stacks section of the Library with a valid TexShare card AND a valid Texas ID card or Texas driver’s license (with picture).
    • Visiting scholars must have a Comet Card to check out materials.


Using the Library

  • Visiting Scholars
  • Visiting Scholars must apply for a Library Card through a university sponsor.

  • Library Catalog
  • The Library Catalog provides information about the books, journals, media, and other items available in the Library. It is available to everyone.

  • Electronic Resources
  • Electronic resources including journal article databases, ebooks, and ejournals are included in the catalog. Access to these sources by visitors (including visiting scholars) is only available from on-campus. OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS TO THESE RESOURCES IS RESTRICTED because of legal agreements. If you have questions concerning access to electronic resources, please contact Ask a Librarian Services.

  • Special Collections
  • The Library has several important research collections including the History of Aviation (located at SP2), the Wineburgh Philatelic Research Library, and the Louise B. Belsterling collection. For information about these materials, visit the Special Collections Webpages.

  • U.S. Government and Texas State Documents
  • The Eugene McDermott Library has been a federal depository library since 1972 and a Texas state depository since 1974. Additional information is available on the Government Document Library Guide. The depository materials are supplemented by microform materials particularly in the area of legislative documents and statistical resources.

  • Scanning to Email
  • Library copy machines have a scanning option where you can scan materials and send them to your email free of charge.

  • Library Computers
  • The Library has 2 computers available to visitors so they can access electronic resources. The computers do not allow general Internet use or email services. They also do not include software for editing documents, generating spreadsheets, or creating presentations, i.e., Microsoft Office or similar software services. Visitors must be at least 18 years of age and present a valid driver’s license or Texas identification card to use the equipment.

    Community users must bring their own thumb/flash/USB drive if they plan to save any data. Printing from the Community Users Workstation is not available.

  • Internet Access
  • Community users may bring their own laptops for access to the Internet via the wireless network. Public Internet access is granted via the UTDGuest wireless network, an open and unencrypted network. The UTDGuest wireless network does not allow access to the library’s electronic resources (databases, e-journals, and e-books). Visitors must use a library computer for access to the library’s electronic resources.


Directions to main campus and McDermott Library


Parking Instructions

The campus Information Center is on University Parkway and is open:

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Center provides temporary parking passes and loading zone passes. Pay-by-space parking is available on the north side of McDermott Library off of Bryce Jordan Drive. The cost is $1 per hour minimum and can be paid by credit card or phone.

Parking Pass Information Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Directions to the History of Aviation Archives


Support Eugene McDermott Library!

Please visit our Giving to the Libraries page for information.

Page Last Updated: November 27, 2018