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Central Library Construction

Central Library is undergoing construction on the first floor during the summer months. A covered corridor from the entrance doors to the elevator has been constructed to allow visitors to pass through the construction zone safely and get to other floors.

All library services that used be on the first floor are now located on the 2nd floor of Central Library and will remain there for the summer. OIT Help Desk is also located on the 2nd floor for the summer semesters.

The library media collection of CDs and DVDs will be placed in storage and unavailable during this time. With an exception for faculty need to use the materials for class, no items will be retrieved from storage.

To request an item from the library media collection to be placed on reserves for a class, email To request an item from the library media collection to show for a class, email

Non-classroom related requests for CDs and DVDs can be handled through Interlibrary Loan. Multimedia requests can take ten or more days to fulfill.

Starbucks in the Central Library is closed for the summer.

Digital Media Studio becoming part of FabLab

The Digital Media Studio (DMS), currently located in the basement of Central Library, will cease operations after Aug. 12. Central Library’s FabLab, opening fall 2014, will include DMS services. Equipment like the plotter printers, 3D printer and 3D scanner will move to the first floor space. DMS computers and software will also become part of the FabLab.

For more information, contact Scott Holmes

Exhibit commemorates World War I


In honor of this year’s World War I centenary, UT Arlington Libraries are exhibiting about 30 period photographs showing the North Texas area’s involvement in the war. The Great War: Fort Worth and Arlington During WWI showcases Fort Worth’s Camp Bowie and the town of Arlington before and during the war. The free exhibit is located in the 6th floor Parlor of Central Library and runs through Aug. 2.

Camp Bowie was founded in 1917 three miles west of downtown Fort Worth. The tent camp housed and trained the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division and encompassed over 2000 acres. On April 11, 1918, an estimated 225,000 people crowded into downtown Fort Worth to watch the four-hour parade of troops departing for France. Following the troops’ departure, Camp Bowie operated as an infantry replacement and training facility. More than 100,000 soldiers trained at the camp during its history. After the armistice in November 1918, Camp Bowie was designated a demobilization center until its closure in August 1919. Builders then quickly developed the area into a residential neighborhood.

UTA has a strong military background with our predecessors Carlisle Military Academy (1902-1913), Arlington Training School (1913-1916), and Arlington Military Academy (1916-1917). Photos from these eras provide a glimpse of life on campus and in the town during the World War I period.

For more information, contact Erin O’Malley.

Cool off with our Summer Movie Hullabaloo!

The UTA Libraries are showing free films Thursdays in July at noon on the 6th floor of Central Library. Free popcorn, too!

July 17: Shakespeare Retold: Midsummer Night’s Dream

From IMDB: During an engagement party thrown by Theo and Polly for their daughter Hermia and James, a man she grew up with but doesn't really love, Hermia's true love Xander shows up. After Hermia declares her engagement to James is off, it becomes clear that her best friend Helena has been in love with James all along. When the King and Queen of the Fairies (themselves feuding) decide to straighten things out with a love potion, their meddling goes terribly wrong and the relationships between all those involved become even murkier than they were. Written by Ron Kerrigan.

July 24: Megamall: A story of money, power, politics, and the American landscape

From IMDB: A story of money, power and politics in the age of sprawl,"Megmall" explores the controversy behind one of America's biggest shopping malls, the Palisades Center in West Nyack, New York. In 1996, the biggest mall developer in the Northeast broke ground on a toxic dump, one mile from the filmmakers' homes. That move ignited a citizen uprising which lasted almost 20 years. With dramatic verite footage, in-depth interviews with key players in the dispute, as well as provocative commentary from leading urban critics, James Howard Kunstler ("The Geography of Nowhere") and Roberta Brandes Gratz ("The Living City"), "Megamall" gives viewers the real story behind the changing shape of America's landscape. 

July 31: Kings of Pastry

From IMDB: The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef - it is a dream and an obsession. The 3-day competition includes everything from delicate chocolates to precarious six foot sugar sculptures and requires that the chefs have extraordinary skill, nerves of steel and luck. The film follows Jacquy Pfeiffer, founder of The French Pastry School in Chicago, as he returns to France to compete against 15 of France's leading pastry chefs. The filmmakers were given first time/exclusive access to this high-stakes drama of passion, sacrifice, disappointment and joy in the quest to have President Sarkozy declare them one of the best in France. 

Plagiarism quiz now available in Blackboard for faculty

The Acknowledging Sources Quiz from the UTA Libraries’ Plagiarism Tutorial is now available through Blackboard. Instructors can upload the quiz into their course for grading instead of relying on student emails. Students still access the tutorial online, but are redirected to Blackboard for the quiz.

To upload the quiz for your course, log on to Blackboard. Under Institution Files, open the Library folder then the Library Content subfolder. Check the box by TestExportFile_org_library_Acknowledging Sources and copy it into your course folder.

For more information, contact Lydia Pyburn at

Special Collections exhibit spotlights "forgotten" U.S.-Mexico War

Capitulation of Monterey Looking for something air-conditioned to do on campus this summer? Visit UT Arlington Libraries’ exhibit Celebrating and Forgetting, Lamenting and Remembering: The U.S.—Mexico War 1846-1848 on the sixth floor of Central Library now through Aug. 30.

The exhibit presents a rare opportunity for visitors to see about 160 items pulled from the library’s Special Collections, renowned as having one of the finest collections of U.S.—Mexico War materials in the world.

Highlights of the exhibit include:

  • An original 1836 copy of Stephen F. Austin’s Map of Texas used by Anglo immigrants.
  • An original 1836 copy of Texas’ Declaration of Independence printed in San Felipe de Austin, with a description on the back of the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos hand-written by one of the signers.
  • Original printed lithographs depicting battles and scenes of the war by artist/entrepreneur Nathaniel Currier (of Currier & Ives) and German artist/illustrator Carl Nebel.
  • Three original daguerreotypes of U.S. participants in the war. These tiny, delicate, one-of-a-kind objects are among the first wartime photographs ever taken and have never been exhibited.
  • Original letters and documents by famous participants in the U.S.—Mexico War such as U.S. Army “junior officers” Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, Zachary Taylor, Winfield Scott, U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and Mexican Generals and politicians Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Pedro Ampudia, and Mariano Arista.

The U.S.—Mexico War is one of the formative events in North American history and continues to have repercussions for modern international relations. The struggling Republic of Mexico lost over half its territory while the U.S. gained Texas, California and the Southwest. Today, however, the war is largely overlooked in popular culture.

Celebrating and Forgetting is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.—5 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to all.

For group tours, contact Ben Huseman.

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