Renderings from McKinney York Architects.
Why was the PCL chosen as the new location for the Welcome Center?
The UT Libraries anchor the UT Austin student experience, and they represent a broad range of academic resources, groundbreaking research, and opportunities for experiential learning available to students. Positioning the Admissions Welcome Center within the PCL provides the opportunity to prominently feature the UT Libraries as the hub of the academic experience in prospective students’ first engagement with the campus. In addition, the central location and access from Speedway makes it possible for visiting students to experience the campus culture and life as a student.
When will the new Welcome Center be completed?
Construction is scheduled to be complete by fall of 2019.
What impact will the placement of the Admissions Welcome Center in the PCL have on resources?
This relocation primarily impacts open study space used by students, but also involved the transfer of some low-circulation collections to remote preservation facilities and relocation of other materials within PCL. All physical materials transferred to preservation facilities are still accessible through the Libraries retrieval service, usually within one business day.
What Libraries’ resources are being relocated?
The items moved to preservation facilities were identified as needing a climate-controlled environment to protect the physical copies from further deterioration, which the PCL facilities cannot provide. The Libraries have transferred the United Nations government documents collection to the Collections Deposit Library where they are still available for browsing. In order to provide better preservation and security for theses and dissertations, the library had previously planned the transfer of those materials to its preservation storage facility. Theses and dissertations submitted electronically or that have been digitized are available through the university’s institutional repository, Texas ScholarWorks. All physical materials transferred to preservation facilities are still accessible through the Libraries retrieval service, usually within one business day.
How will the university minimize disruption to library operations at PCL?
The Admissions Welcome Center will be on the ground floor, the level below the main entry level of the PCL. The construction will create some noise in the library, however, construction will be mindful during high-traffic periods.
Why were the bicycle racks removed from the PCL plaza and what will be done with them in the future?
The bicycle racks were removed to allow space for the Admissions Welcome Center construction activities. Approximately half of the racks located near the PCL entry have been permanently relocated off of 21st Street near Jester, close to the mail drop-off. The other racks have been temporarily relocated east of Speedway Mall, along the south side of 21st Street. The final location of those racks has not yet been determined. More information, including maps, is available from Parking and Transportation Services on the PCL Bike Rack Relocation webpage.