The University of Texas at Austin

Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL)

College Library · University of Texas-Austin
University of Texas at Austin (101 E 21st St), Austin, TX 78712, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (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

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  • What you need to know
    Heather G.
    "online to the libraries page and request group study rooms!!"(6 Tips)
    Cole R.
    "Watch out for people singing along to K-Pop on the sixth floor."(3 Tips)
    Ashlyn B.
    "Sixth floor = quiet floor"(3 Tips)
    Dat L.
    "Bring food and extension cords."(2 Tips)
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  • 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.

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    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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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!

    Dawn Comford-Wilcox · May 17, 2010

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