FAQs Index


How do I print in the library?

Printers (both black & white and color) are located on the second floor of Hodges in the North and South Commons and on the first floor in the Reference Room. If you need to print on larger paper, you may save your work to a flash drive and use a library copier to print 11 x 17 or visit UCopy on the first floor of the University Center: universitycenter.utk.edu/ucopy.

Printing on campus, including in the UT Libraries, is handled via VolPrint: https://oit.utk.edu/labs/volprint/Pages/default.aspx. NOTE: You will need to have money on your VolCard, or AllStar Plus, account in order to print. Find out how to add money to your VolCard here: How do I add money to my VolCard? Find out about wireless printing here: How do I use wireless printing?

Related Terms: Commons, Printing, VolPrint, Color Printing, Wireless Printing, AllStar Plus Account


How do I use wireless printing?

If you have wireless, you can send print jobs to any wireless printing release station at UTK. Set it up on your wireless computer, and print at any release station on campus where you login. In Hodges Library, the first floor Reference Room and second floor North and South Commons have wireless release stations.

To set up wireless printing or see a list of all wireless printing locations, go to https://oit.utk.edu/labs/volprint/Pages/wireless-printing.aspx


What hours is Hodges Library open?

Find up-to-date hours of operation for all UT Libraries here: http://www.lib.utk.edu/hours/.

When classes are in session during fall and spring semesters, Hodges Library is open 24 hours, 5 days a week.  Hours vary during holidays and breaks.


Where do I find a book or article that my professor has put on reserve?

If your professor has put an electronic article or book on reserve for your course, you can find it in the library’s electronic course reserve system.

If your professor has put a physical article or book on reserve for your course, you can find it at the library’s circulation desk. The circulation desk is located near the main entrance on Melrose Place.  Bring your VolCard (UT ID card) to the desk to check out the item on reserve. Make sure to come prepared with the name of your professor and course – the library staff at the desk will need this information to locate your materials.


How long can I check out a book?

In general, undergraduates can check out books for 4 weeks, graduate students for 16 weeks, and faculty and staff for 52 weeks. Affiliates, subscribers, courtesy card holders, and people with TBR cards can check out books for 4 weeks.

For more information on borrowing books, DVDs, or other library materials, please see the Libraries’ chart of loan periods and fines.


How do I find out what services the library offers faculty?





How do I connect to the wireless network in the library?

The procedures for connecting to the wireless network are available from the Office of Information Technology. More help is available on the second floor of Hodges Library at the OIT help desk or 865.974.9900.


Does the library have a fax machine I can use?

No, there is not a public fax machine in Hodges Library. You can find a fax machine at UCopy, which is in the University Center, room 125. Remember that you can also fax from your computer or scan a document and attach it to an email message. Scanners are available at the Studio on the second floor of Hodges, 865.974.6396


How do I use ebooks?

You can find out about ebooks at the Ebook Research Guide.


How do I obtain a copy of a dissertation or thesis?

UTK Theses & Dissertations available electronically are linked in the Libraries Catalog. Print-only theses and dissertations will be digitized on request at no charge (for anyone, including individuals not affiliated with UTK).

UTK faculty, staff, and students may obtain non-UTK dissertations/theses by


  • Beginning in 2006, dissertations and theses are electronic only.
  • For UTK dissertations completed 1997 to 2006/07, electronic full-text is available via ProQuest Dissertations.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

This database provides citations to dissertations and theses from around the world dating back to 1743.
Full-text is available for about one-third of the database, mostly from 1997 to present.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville stopped contributing dissertations to the database in 2006.


What is the library mobile site?

It provides access to the UT Libraries Website in a format optimized for a mobile device. You can check the hours, number of open computers, get research help or run a quick search in the Libraries catalog.  See it here: http://m.lib.utk.edu/


What is The Commons?

The Commons is the entire second floor of Hodges Library. Areas include Commons North, Commons South, Dixie Marie Wooten Commons West, The Studio, a Starbucks coffee shop, a POD Market, and many help desks, including Research Assistance and Circulation.  Get a map of the Commons here: https://www.lib.utk.edu/about/files/hodges-floor-map-2.pdf.