The University of Texas at Austin

Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL)

College Library
University of Texas at Austin (101 E 21st St), Austin, TX 78712, United States
Closed until 7:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 7:00 AM–2:00 AM
  • Fri
    • 7:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–2:00 AM

Central branch of the University of Texas Libraries on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

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  • What you need to know
    John I.
    Use the quiet study room... Quietly(5 Tips)
    Heather G.
    online to the libraries page and request group study rooms!!(6 Tips)
    Ashlyn B.
    Sixth floor = quiet floor(3 Tips)
    Caitlin J.
    extension cord or surge protector(2 Tips)
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  • sixth floor
  • quiet floor
  • coffee
  • good for working
  • study area
  • basement
  • classes
  • snacks
  • Gabriela G.

    Books are not fresh but will satiate any appetite.

  • Chizoba

    Studying all day everyday

    Chizoba · October 9, 2014
  • Chizoba

    Need to focus, make a reservation for a room and you'll get a whole lot done than you expected

    Chizoba · September 20, 2014
  • Josh M.

    They have many leather-bound books.

    Josh Miller · September 15, 2014
  • Amber M.

    Scanning is so easy and fast at the PCL!

    Amber Mehdi · February 13, 2014
  • Meghan S.

    Win prizes and bragging rights as the Mayor of PCL on Foursquare! Details available at

    Meghan Sitar · April 9, 2013
  • Clay C.

    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.

    Clay Clark · March 23, 2013
  • Brad H.

    Men's 6th floor bathroom, far right urinal has a plethora of laughable grout puns.

    Brad Heffer · February 19, 2013
  • Džana A.

    Badass library but the smell of people eating a full course meal from chipotle is gross :/ so now I'm going to leave

    Džana Ahmetović · February 12, 2013
  • Madelline G.

    The Ultimate Procrastination - Supposed to study I write haikus to pass time Procrastination's me

    Madelline Gutierrez · February 11, 2013
  • Ashwini K.

    Coffee and books!

    Ashwini Kamath · January 23, 2013
  • 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.

  • Kayla M.

    The third floor is the new sixth floor, only with uncomfortable chairs.

    Kayla Moses · October 17, 2012
  • Rachel D.

    ALWAYS opt for the handicapped door. #money

    Rachel Davey · October 1, 2012
  • Social N.

    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

    Social News Network · June 30, 2012
  • Sarah W.

    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.

    Sarah W · May 9, 2012
  • Jenny T.

    Don't pull all nighters!

    Jenny Tapia · May 3, 2012
  • Jenny T.

    Bring a sweater/jacket/snuggie/etc. It gets cold sometimes

    Jenny Tapia · April 30, 2012
  • Albert C.

    get yo study on

    Albert Cheng · March 27, 2012
  • Marc H.

    Best place to hookup!!! Get busy in the stacks........ With books

    Marc Hamlin · March 27, 2012
  • Amy Sam F.

    Avoid 6th floor if your tummy is grumbling. Everybody will hear you.

    Amy Sam Favela · March 5, 2012
  • Ernest G.

    I should be studying instead of writing this tip!

    Ernest Garcia · February 22, 2012
  • Kayla M.

    If you want to actually get anything done, avoid the fifth floor. It's just a giant social hour.

    Kayla Moses · February 9, 2012
  • Benjamin A.

    The 4th Floor is the best if you're trying to get some independent studying done. Outlets for laptop charges is a plus

    Benjamin Amaefule · January 23, 2012
  • Jennifer R.

    Find example business plans from graduate BP competitions 4th floor HD

    Jennifer Rangubphai · December 27, 2011
  • Jane K.

    Quiet floor

    Jane Ko · December 6, 2011
  • Maribel M.

    If you get a study room on a quiet floor, don't forget that everyone outside isn't talking, so don't be loud!

    Maribel Molina · November 21, 2011
  • Stephanie P.

    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.

    Stephanie Piña · October 21, 2011
  • Victoria G.

    Third floor smells funky. Dislike!

    Victoria Guerra · October 10, 2011
  • Andrea K.

    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!

    Andrea K · October 10, 2011
  • Maria S.

    Bring your jacket, blanket, or snuggie. This place is a freezer.

    Maria Solorzano · September 28, 2011
  • Ashlyn B.

    Sixth floor = quiet floor

    Ashlyn B. ⚡ · September 26, 2011
  • Cole R.

    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.

    Cole Ryberg · August 31, 2011
  • bibliotekah

    Have a crush on a librarian? Nominate them by Sept. 12 at

    bibliotekah · August 16, 2011
  • Yoshitsugu F.

    I loved to study here

    Yoshitsugu Fujiwara · July 26, 2011
  • cindy f.

    Follow the PCL & other UT Libraries on Twitter: @utlibraries!

    cindy f. · June 3, 2011
  • Jose R.

    About Nonprofit Journalism...

    Jose Requejo Aleman · May 23, 2011
  • Jose R.

    Combatiendo una WIFI lenta...

    Jose Requejo Aleman · May 19, 2011
  • Krish D.

    Get a cubicle and you will get some ish done!

    Krish DeSai · May 12, 2011
  • Jose R.

    Thanks to all of those who in one way or another, made this happen!

    Jose Requejo Aleman · May 9, 2011
  • Jose R.

    Best place to work. Get my first borrowed book!

    Jose Requejo Aleman · May 9, 2011
  • Dat L.

    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.

    Dat Le · April 24, 2011
  • Michael L.

    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

    Michael Lee · April 5, 2011
  • Taylor S.

    Be careful with reserve items. Turn them in on time!

    Taylor Stockett · February 11, 2011
  • Taylor S.

    Bring snacks and make friends on the 5th floor!

    Taylor Stockett · December 8, 2010
  • Caitlin J.

    bring an extension cord or surge protector if you want to find a seat easily.

    Caitlin James · December 6, 2010
  • Devin F.

    Basement = frat floor.

    Devin Friedman · October 18, 2010
  • atxklown

    Wear your bulletproof vest

    atxklown · September 28, 2010
  • Heather G.

    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.

    Heather G · May 24, 2010
  • Bonney R.

    The smell right when you walk in... is divine.

    Bonney Roach · May 21, 2010

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