Community and Visitors

Welcome to the University Libraries, a central foundation for Tennessee’s oldest land-grant and primary research university. We are here to assist you with any information need or research question that you may have.

The information below pertains only to Hodges Library. Please visit our Branch Libraries page for specific information on their services for visitors and alumni.

Building Access
Patrons are not required to sign-in or show identification when entering the Hodges Library between the hours of 7 a.m and midnight. UT faculty, students, and staff ONLY are permitted to enter between midnight and 7 am, and a UT ID is required. Children must be supervised by an adult chaperone.

Computer Access
Sponsored and non-sponsored visitors may log in to the ut-open wireless network. Eduroam is available to visitors from other universities participating in that system (

To use library computers for research purposes, visitors must inquire at the Public Services Desk on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library. Visitors must also follow the UT Libraries’ Internet Access Policy. You will be asked to present a school, alumni, or other ID.

Use of Print Resources
The Libraries’ print collections are available to all users for in-house use. Visitors requiring materials from Library Storage, should use a Storage Request Form to order materials in advance.

Use of Online Collections and Resources
Visitors to Hodges Library using their own laptops and mobile devices may log in to one of two visitor wireless networks to access email, the Internet, and library databases or may obtain a password for library computer access from the Circulation desk.

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a collection of 40+ databases that provide access to over 400,000 magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, primary source materials, and more. TEL is available free of charge to any Tennessee resident and is accessible 24/7 from any computer with access to the internet.

Borrowing Privileges
Visit the Public Services pages for information on borrowing privileges. Non-UT affiliates may also borrow materials by using resource sharing at their local public library or may purchase a borrower’s card.

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Photocopies and Printing
Photocopies are not available to non-UT affiliates. If you wish to make copies of our collection, you may use the Scannx scanners in Commons South and save the documents onto an external USB or e-mail the documents to yourself. Printing from guest computers is not available. Alternatives to printing may be to save the information on a flash drive or e-mail the information to yourself.

For assistance locating materials or using resources, visit the Public Services at the Melrose entrance to the Commons. If you have questions that you would like to ask prior to your visit, you may email your question or call.

Organized groups wanting to schedule a library tour can fill out the reservation form or contact Library Outreach and Community Learning Services.

Directions and Parking
Visitors to Hodges Library should park at Volunteer Hall on White Avenue. Location and parking information is also available for the Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library.

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Note: Parking is very difficult on home football game days.