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.
If you have questions about McDermott Library, use the Ask-a-Librarian Services.

McDermott Library Information

  • Library Hours
    Hours vary during the semester and over intersession periods. Changes are posted on the Library Website.
  • 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 – read also Policies for Visitors page.
    • McDermott Library contains a number of collections.
    • Most materials from the Main Stacks and Leisure Reading collections 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).

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, 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.

Photocopying and Printing
The Libraries have black/white and color copying and printing equipment available. There is a charge for these services. The Library does not have a cashier to make change.

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 are encouraged to bring their own thumb/flash/USB drive if they plan to save any data. Alternatively, a print card may be obtained at the Circulation Desk. Card may be loaded in $1.00 increments using bill money only.

Internet Access
Community users must 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 7:00am - 2:00am;
Saturday & Sunday  2:30pm - 2:00am.
The Center provides temporary parking passes and loading zone passes.  Metered parking is available on the north and south sides of McDermott Library ($1 per hour maximum).

Support Eugene McDermott Library!

Please visit our Giving to the Libraries page for information.