Frequently Asked Questions


The library is located in the Braniff and Blakley Buildings (see campus map). The entrance can be found in the Braniff Foyer. Both buildings are located on the mall, north of the Tower on campus. The two buildings are connected by an indoor walkway.
The library is open to the public from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Hours vary according to the academic calendar. To see full hours and hours for students, click here.
After registering through Admissions at UD, get your current ID card from Campus Security and bring it to the Circulation Desk to activate it for library use.
There is a ladies' room and a men's room on the lower level. There is also a men's room on the second floor and a ladies' room on the third floor.

Browse the catalog and request the item(s) that you need for your research. If the item you placed on hold is currently checked out, it will be routed to the next patron in line once returned. Hold requests are filled Monday-Friday from 9:00am-4:00pm. Requests are available for pick up the same day, or the next day if placed after 4:00pm. You will be notified via email when your item(s) are ready for pick up. Once you are notified by email that your item(s) are available for pick up, you can visit the circulation desk, where you will check out your hold(s).

Holds will be removed from the shelf after 10 days. 

Our books are shelved according to the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Letters A and B are located on the lower level, C-N on the second floor, and P-Z on the third floor. The Reference section is located on the main floor.

Print materials reserved by professors for the use of their students are located behind the Circulation Desk.  Inquire at Circulation Desk stating that you need material reserved under the professor's name and give the title of the book or the subject of the material. Other reserve materials are online.
Books and articles that are not available in this library may be obtained by using the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library's Interlibrary Loan service, Tipasa, as a current student, faculty, staff member, adjunct, or retiree.  You will need to know your UD network username and password to utilize the Tipasa service. If materials are needed immediately, the reference librarian can assist you in identifying other local libraries that have the relevant book or journal.  Another option is to go to the database WorldCat to see if a local library has the publication.  The TexShare Card Program may be helpful when materials are needed from other libraries. Please refer to the two following FAQs for more detailed information on Tipasa and the TexShare Card Program. Undergraduates can also open a College Card with the Irving Public Library.
You may borrow books via Interlibrary Loan through the Tipasa system as a current student, faculty, staff member, adjunct, or retiree. You will need to know your UD network username and password to utilize this service.
The TexShare Card Program allows registered users of participating TexShare libraries to have direct access to library materials not available at their local library. The Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library is a member of TexShare and provides TexShare cards to graduate students and faculty members. Undergraduates and others wishing to obtain a TexShare card should contact the library in Texas where they are registered card holders. 

Subscribed databases, e-books, and e-journals require a University Network Account for use in the university's computer centers, for remote access, or for off-campus access.

Questions regarding student accounts should be directed to the IT Department. Location: Gorman G - Email: support@udallas.edu 

There are seven computers located near the Reference Help Desk, on the first floor of the Library. 

There are 20 computers available in the Blakley Research and Information Center (BRIC).  These computers are limited to current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Dallas.  A network account is required for accessing the computers in the BRIC.

All of the computers located near the Reference Help Desk on the first floor of the Library are connected to a printer at the Circulation Desk. Printed copies are 10 cents per page (no cards), and payable at the Circulation Desk.  When printing from the Blakley Research and Information Center (BRIC) make sure the printer selection is set at Front Desk.

The library does not provide writing support; however, find information for the Writing Lab as well as citation and style guides here.

The University Archive Office, headed by Susannah Bingham-Buck, is located separately from the Cowan-Blakley Memorial Library, in an office in the back of the Blakley Building, facing the Haggerty Arts Village.