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Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL)

College Library
University of Texas-Austin, Austin
  • Heather G.
    "online to the libraries page and request group study rooms!!"(6 Tips)
    Ashlyn B.
    "Sixth floor = quiet floor"(3 Tips)
    Maribel M.
    "study room on a quiet floor"(3 Tips)
    Dat L.
    "Bring food and extension cords."(2 Tips)
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  • Andrea K.
    Andrea KOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    A go-to for any student at UT (remember your UT ID past 10pm). Tons of seating on all the floors, but get there early in the day during finals if you want a table. Reserve study rooms online!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 30, 2012
    If you need a group study space but the 5th floor is too full or noisy, you can reserve a private room through this link. Many have dry-erase boards, perfect for good cram sessions. Read more
  • Dat L.
    Dat LeApril 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want to study, avoid the PCL. It's a great place to socialize and meet your classmates' friends. You won't get much work done but it's fun as hell! Bring food and extension cords.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WMay 9, 2012
    6th floor is actually a quiet one. Plus there are new more ergonomic chairs than the usual chairs you'd expect at a school library. And always bring a sweater.
  • Heather G.
    Heather GMay 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go online to the libraries page and request group study rooms!! They're awesome. Reserve them 2 weeks before finals to make sure you get one! Combine with friends to reserve one all day/night.
  • Clay C.
    Clay ClarkMarch 23, 2013
    Take advantage of the study rooms. They're super helpful if you have a group and need to get work done. Just reserve one online.
  • Benjamin A.
    Benjamin AmaefuleJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The 4th Floor is the best if you're trying to get some independent studying done. Outlets for laptop charges is a plus
  • The University of Texas at Austin
    The PCL is named for Dr. Ervin S. Perry, the University’s first African-American professor, and Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda, a professor & a developer of UT's Benson Latin American Collection.
  • Maribel M.
    Maribel MolinaNovember 21, 2011
    If you get a study room on a quiet floor, don't forget that everyone outside isn't talking, so don't be loud!
  • Meghan S.
    Meghan SitarApril 9, 2013
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  • Cole R.
    Cole RybergAugust 31, 2011
    These books are in poses of genuflection, begging for me to flip their pages. Books, y'all better be patient. Watch out for people singing along to K-Pop on the sixth floor.
  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie PiñaOctober 21, 2011
    DO NOT LEAVE UR STUFF UNATTENDED. not speaking from a personal experience but it always happens. gotta go to the restroom? pack everything up and take it with u.
  • Ricky R.
    Ricky RooApril 4, 2010
    Depressing as hell for the most part, but there are some nice window seats on the 6th floor. Get there early in the day to snag one.
  • Marc H.
    Marc HamlinMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to hookup!!! Get busy in the stacks........ With books
  • Dawn C.
    You don't have to be a student to get a card! I love texas! Must have austin card to get courtesy card and fee is waived!
  • Brad H.
    Brad HefferFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Men's 6th floor bathroom, far right urinal has a plethora of laughable grout puns.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeeApril 5, 2011
    im learning so fucking much now! books on books up here; whatcha want? they got it. want to charge your laptop? only the first floor has them. cons: apparently your shit gets stolen every 30 mins
  • Chizoba
    ChizobaSeptember 20, 2014
    Need to focus, make a reservation for a room and you'll get a whole lot done than you expected
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BurckMarch 26, 2010
    The best place to study is..5th floor. But people talk on that floor so...not much studying usually commences lol!
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TapiaApril 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring a sweater/jacket/snuggie/etc. It gets cold sometimes
  • Kayla Maro M.
    Kayla Maro MosesOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The third floor is the new sixth floor, only with uncomfortable chairs.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MillerSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have many leather-bound books.
  • Caitlin J.
    Caitlin JamesDecember 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    bring an extension cord or surge protector if you want to find a seat easily.
  • Amber M.
    Amber MehdiFebruary 13, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Scanning is so easy and fast at the PCL!
  • Maria S.
    Maria SolorzanoSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bring your jacket, blanket, or snuggie. This place is a freezer.
  • Džana A.
    Džana AhmetovićFebruary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Badass library but the smell of people eating a full course meal from chipotle is gross :/ so now I'm going to leave
  • Jose R.
    Best place to work. Get my first borrowed book!
  • Rachel D.
    Rachel DaveyOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    ALWAYS opt for the handicapped door. #money
  • Jose R.
    Thanks to all of those who in one way or another, made this happen!
  • Gabriela B.
    Gabriela BehnenApril 5, 2015
    Books are not fresh but will satiate any appetite.
  • Krish D.
    Krish DeSaiMay 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a cubicle and you will get some ish done!
  • Kayla Maro M.
    Kayla Maro MosesFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want to actually get anything done, avoid the fifth floor. It's just a giant social hour.
  • Taylor S.
    Taylor StockettDecember 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring snacks and make friends on the 5th floor!
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RangubphaiDecember 27, 2011
    Find example business plans from graduate BP competitions 4th floor HD
  • Madelline G.
    Madelline GutierrezFebruary 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Ultimate Procrastination - Supposed to study I write haikus to pass time Procrastination's me
  • Amy Sam F.
    Amy Sam FavelaMarch 5, 2012
    Avoid 6th floor if your tummy is grumbling. Everybody will hear you.
  • Chizoba
    ChizobaOctober 9, 2014
    Studying all day everyday
  • Taylor S.
    Taylor StockettFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful with reserve items. Turn them in on time!
  • Ashlyn B.
    Ashlyn B. ⚡September 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sixth floor = quiet floor
  • Ashwini K.
    Ashwini KamathJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Coffee and books!
  • Yoshitsugu F.
    Yoshitsugu FujiwaraJuly 26, 2011
    I loved to study here
  • cindy f.
    cindy f.June 3, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Follow the PCL & other UT Libraries on Twitter: @utlibraries!
  • Andy P.
    Andy PandeMay 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Go across the street to b-school 4th floor if you really wanna get work done
  • bibliotekah
    bibliotekahAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Have a crush on a librarian? Nominate them by Sept. 12 at
  • Ernest G.
    Ernest GarciaFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I should be studying instead of writing this tip!
  • Bonney R.
    Bonney RoachMay 21, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The smell right when you walk in... is divine.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KoDecember 6, 2011
    Quiet floor
  • Albert C.
    Albert ChengMarch 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    get yo study on
  • John I.
    John IadarolaMarch 29, 2010
    Use the quiet study room... Quietly
  • Victoria G.
    Victoria GuerraOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Third floor smells funky. Dislike!
  • Jenny T.
    Jenny TapiaMay 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't pull all nighters!
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangMay 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The commons is where it's at!
  • Jose R.
    About Nonprofit Journalism...
  • Devin F.
    Devin FriedmanOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Basement = frat floor.
  • atxklown
    atxklownSeptember 28, 2010
    Wear your bulletproof vest
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HodgsonMay 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Basement is the place to be.
  • Libby B.
    Libby BowersFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get yo work done
  • Gabriel R.
    Gabriel RafaelApril 9, 2010
    Makes mesleepy
  • Jose R.
    Combatiendo una WIFI lenta...
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