Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ulrichsweb Downtime This Weekend

The Ulrichsweb serials directory databases will not be available from 7pm on Friday (Dec. 12) until 7am on Sunday (Dec. 14). Representatives apologize for any inconvenience to our users while they perform necessary maintenance.

Winter Break Hours of Operation

Don't forget, we're open 24 hours through December 18 at midnight. December 19, we're open 8am-10pm. For our complete holiday schedule, visit

Monday, December 08, 2014

PAWS For Finals: De-stress at McDermott Library

Come see us in the library. This week, get a free bluebook and mood pencil when you check out an item. And don't forget, tomorrow we're PAWSing for Finals. We're bringing in therapy dogs to help you relieve stress.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Don't Forget-We're Closed on Thanksgiving

McDermott Library will close at midnight on Wednesday and remain closed through Saturday, November 29th. We will resume normal hours on Sunday, November 30th.

Monday, November 17, 2014

McDermott Fall Break Hours

Our Thanksgiving schedule is out. Please take note of our hours during the break.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Emerald Insight Downtime on Friday, Oct. 24th

The Emerald Insight database - publisher of online journals in accounting and finance, economics, education, engineering, and other subjects - will be down for maintenance for up to one hour between the times of 6pm and 10pm on Friday, Oct. 24. Representatives apologize for the inconvenience to our users.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Banned Books Week Display

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Our Banned Books Display on the 2nd floor gives you a glimpse at some of the books on the list. Stop by and see what's inside. You may be surprised.

Monday, September 22, 2014

McDermott Library and the Society of American Archivists Present Oral History Workshop

McDermott Library and the Society of American Archivists are hosting a workshop titled "Oral History: From Planning to Preservation." If you're planning to do an oral history or want to learn more, join us.

Celebrate Banned Books Week- Sept. 21-27, 2014

It's Banned Books Week! Celebrate your freedom to read by checking out a challenged book. Everyday this week, we're posting popular books that are on the banned books list. First up, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. It made the list for religious viewpoint, violence and occult/satanism.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Library Will Be CLOSED on Labor Day, Sept. 1

The McDermott Library will close two hours early on Sunday, Aug. 31, at midnight and remain closed on Monday, Sept. 1, for the Labor Day holiday. We will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Sept. 2:

Fellow Comets, have a fun and safe weekend!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Welcome Week at McDermott Library

Next week is a big one in McDermott Library. Starting this Sunday, August 31 (just in time for your Labor Day break), we're giving away popcorn when you check out a movie from the Multimedia Desk. And on Thursday, come dressed to impress as your favorite book character. BookCon 2014 starts at 6pm in the lobby. Isn't Welcome Week awesome

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Latest "Since You're Here" Library Newsletter Is Here

Access the latest issue, including back issues, via our online archive:

And welcome to all new and returning students, staff, and faculty!

Friday, August 08, 2014

Summer Intersession Hours Start This Weekend

Note that we will be closed this Sunday (8/10) and commence intersession hours starting on Monday (8/11):

Sun (8/10) CLOSED
Mon — Fri (8/11-8/15) 8am—8pm
Sat — Sun (8/16-8/17) CLOSED
Mon — Fri (8/18-8/22) 8am—8pm
Sat — Sun (8/23-8/24) CLOSED
Mon (8/25) Fall Hours Commence 

SPIE Digital Library Is Here!

SPIEDigital Library provides the world’s largest collection of optics and photonics research, with papers spanning biomedicine, communications, sensors, defense and security, manufacturing, electronics, energy, and imaging.
The library subscription includes access to all SPIE proceedings back to 1962, all journals, and hundreds of ebooks, including selected conference video presentations.

See the HELP page for more information on using this database, including instructions on creating a personal account for custom features such as e-mail alerts and mobile access.
Brought to you by the McDermott Library and your Computer Science and Engineering Library Liaisons, Carol Oshel and Matt Makowka.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Wiley Online Library Downtime on Saturday, Aug. 9th

The Wiley Online Library (formerly Wiley Interscience) will be down for up to four hours for maintenance on Saturday, Aug. 9th, starting at 4am. Representatives apologize for any inconvenience to our users during this time.

Friday, August 01, 2014

New Since You're Here Newsletter Is Here (X2)!

We have not ONE but TWO Since You're Here newsletters for your amusement and edification this month. Access both of them and all past issues on this library subject guide:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Is Back

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is back in working order. We appreciate your patience during the downtime.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service Temporarily Down

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is currently down due to system maintenance. It should be back up by the end of the day. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 972-883-2900. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Intermittent EBSCO Downtime on Saturday, July 19th

Users may experience intermittent disruptions in service with our EBSCO databases on Saturday, July 19th, starting at 6am and ending by 1pm. EBSCO will be performing system upgrades and apologizes for any inconvenience to you.

*** NEW *** online titles from SAFARI for the JAVA aficionado

Safari Books Online just added a bunch of new titles for the Java aficionado. Check it out today!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Library CLOSED July 4th. Resume Regular Hours July 5th

The library will be CLOSED on Friday, July 4th, for the Independence Day holiday. We will resume regular hours on Saturday, July 5th, 9am-midnight.

Taylor & Francis Online Downtime on Friday, June 27th

Taylor & Francis Online, responsible for the ejournals in Informaworld, will be down for maintenance for two hours on Friday, June 27th, from 8:30-10:30pm.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Listen! June is Audio Book Appreciation Month

Check out the display behind the Information Desk on the 2nd floor! In it, you will find audio titles that can be checked out from a variety of places both in and outside of the library:

  • Leisure Reading Collection [rear right corner, 2nd floor]: bestseller-type popular books on CD, e.g., Game of Thrones series, Nicholas Sparks, and Dan Brown. 
  • Multimedia Desk [rear of 2nd floor]: academic and classic books on CD, e.g., Great Courses/Teaching Company lecture series, Shakespeare dramatizations, and language learning.
  • Naxos Spoken Word Library: Online streaming of classic literature and academic titles, e.g., The Odyssey, The Republic, and David Copperfield. iPad/iPhone users can download an app for mobile access.
  • OverDrive (Download Books to eReaders):  Downloadable audio books COMING SOON on July 1st!
Titles on display are available for check out. Just ask at the Circulation Desk!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ProQuest Databases Downtime This Weekend

The following ProQuest databases will be down for maintenance starting at 9pm on Saturday (6/14) and ending by 5am on Sunday (6/15). Representatives apologize for any inconvenience to our users.

American Periodicals
Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)
British Periodicals
Dissertations & Theses
Dissertations & Theses @ University of Texas at Dallas
ERIC International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
International Index to Performing Arts Full Text (1864-Current)
Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA)
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database (1975-Current)
New York Times (1851-2010)
PAIS International
Periodicals Archive Online (PAO)
Periodicals Index Online (PIO)
Physical Education Index
PILOTS: Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress
Social Services Abstracts
Sociological Abstracts
Wall Street Journal (1889-1996) & (1984-Current)
Washington Post (1877-1997)
Vogue Archive
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Downloadable Books for the Summer Traveler (OverDrive)

Plan to do some traveling this summer, but you don’t want to spend precious luggage space on a bunch of bulky books? Look no further than the Downloadable Books on OverDrive. These books can be loaded onto your favorite device (phone, tablet, or laptop) and are perfect to take on the go! Because these titles are electronic, you never have to worry about late fees either. Featured on OverDrive are many of the latest travel guides by Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Moon, Lonely Planet, AAA, and other publishers in addition to hundreds of the hottest fiction titles. Check it out today!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Adobe eBooks NOT Available from OverDrive (Downloadable Books for eReaders)

On Sunday night (6/1), the Download Books for eReaders service (AKA OverDrive) discovered that users attempting to download Adobe eBooks (Adobe EPUB eBooks) or activate a new Adobe ID on the Adobe Digital Editions platform could not do so. Previously downloaded Adobe eBooks have not been affected.

Adobe is actively working to bring services back online and we will update you at that time.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Intermittent Downtime of EBSCO Databases on May 30th

On Friday, May 30th, EBSCO will be performing network upgrades. During a brief 2-hour window (9pm to 11pm), users may experience disruptions in access to their databases. Representatives apologize for any inconvenience this intermittent access may cause.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Library Will Close One Hour Early on Monday, May 19th

In a slight departure from our Intersession Hours schedule, the library will be closing at 5pm (one hour early) on Monday, May 19th, for a special event. We apologize for any inconvenience to our users.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Full-Access Rosetta Stone Is Here!

We are proud to announce that users may now start at any level of proficiency when choosing a language to learn on the Rosetta Stone database. For those new to it, Rosetta Stone is an online language learning program that tests reading, writing, listening and speaking proficiency for over 20 languages, including Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish (European and Latin American), Vietnamese, and English (British and American). Try it out today!

Monday, May 12, 2014

4th Annual Haiku Contest Winner!

Congratulations! Madeline Renals (Senior, Mathematical Sciences) is the winner of the 4th Annual Haiku Contest! For National Poetry Month (April), we asked that students submit library-themed haikus for the chance of winning an gift card. A total of 66 haikus were received from 35 contestants. Here is the winning haiku:

Books wait patiently
Scents of coffee drift gently
Thoughts flow easily

Madeline’s haiku will be featured in the next Since You’re Here newsletter and preserved in the UTD online archive, Treasures @ UT Dallas. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

May Edition of Since You're Here ..

The latest edition of Since You're Here  is available for download:

This month's highlights include special hours for finals and reading days, summer library course offerings, and celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Spring Finals Hours @McDermott

If you're staying up all night, we are too. Take a look at our spring finals hours.

Get More@McDermott During Finals

Finals are stressful. We know. But maybe some freebies will help. Starting today, everyone who checks out a book or reserves a room, gets a free bluebook. Next week, we have you covered as well. Check us out in McDermott Library so you have a chance to win a big prize.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Classes for Summer and Fall

If you're registering for classes, don't forget about us. We have some awesome courses that you can sign up for NOW.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Do You Haiku? Celebrate National Poetry Month

Do you haiku?

In honor of National Poetry Month, the McDermott Library Reference Department is holding the 4th ANNUAL HAIKU CONTEST.

Submit your original library-themed haiku (3 lines: 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) to MATT MAKOWKA ( by April 30th via your UTD e-mail account, SUBJECT: Haiku Contest 2014. The winner will be selected during the first week of May.

The winner will:
• Receive an gift card.
• Have his/her work prominently displayed at the library, on its website, and in social media.
• Earn serious bragging rights.

Legal fine print: All haikus submitted become property of the Eugene McDermott Library. The contest is for currently enrolled UTD students only. May the best haiku win!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

McDermott Library Opens Up Additional Study Rooms

Finding a place to study can be hard but we have to new options for you. McDermott Library just opened up two new study rooms for students. Check them out next time you need a place to prepare for your next test or presentation. The Longhorn Room is located at MC 3.444 and The Jalapeno Room is MC 3.602.

Monday, March 31, 2014

McDermott Library Shows Off Creative Side for Good Cause

We're out on the mall participating in Raising Cans, an annual event where various groups on campus create sculptures out of canned goods and other non-perishable items. The event benefits the Comet Cupboard. Come cheer us on as we compete for the most creative sculpture or to see if we have the most items.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Intermittent Disruption of EBSCO Databases This Weekend (3/28)

The library has been informed that our EBSCO databases may experience intermittent disruptions in service while administrators perform network upgrades. The service window is scheduled for Friday, Mar. 28th, from 8pm to 10pm. We thank you for your patience while these important upgrades are completed.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Telephones Out at the Library

The campus is experiencing technical difficulties with phones across campus.

The phones at the following library services desks are NOT working:

Information Desk - 972-883-2955
Reference Desk - 972-883-2643

The following service desk phones ARE working:

Circulation Desk - 972-883-2953
Multimedia Desk - 972-883-2866

We encourage you to use alternate means of communication to contact us in the meantime, Ask-a-Librarian:

We will keep you posted as soon as all phone service has been repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Copy Center Printers Down

The Comet Card office will be doing an upgrade on their software this Thursday and Friday. During the upgrade, our Copy Center printers will also be down until this work is completed. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Spring Forward This Weekend for Daylight Saving Time, Sunday, Mar. 9th

Attention, Comets!

Don't forget to spring forward for Daylight Saving Time this weekend. 

On Sunday, March 9th, move your clocks ahead from 2am to 3am.

Have a fun and safe Spring Break, too!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

March Issue of "Since You're Here ..."

The March issue of the monthly newsletter, Since You're Here ..., is now available for download.

Spring Break Hours at the Library

Sun (Mar 9) noon-10pm
Mon-Fri (Mar 10-14) 8am-6pm
Sat (Mar 15) CLOSED
Sun (Mar 16) noon-2am
(regular hours resume)

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