The present Library opened October 12, 1984. It features a unique Bhutanese architecture, as do many of the buildings on campus. The light and airy atrium of the Library houses one of the University's collection of tapestries sewn by Buddhist monks in Thimphu, the Bhutanese capitol. The Library building is 275,000 square feet, with six floors and a book capacity of 1.2 million volumes. Please see the Fact Sheet for more information about the Library and its services.
There are over 200 works of art on permanent display, including paintings by Tom Lea and over 100 original drawings by Jose Cisneros. There is also a small used bookstore located in the library atrium.
The Library is a participating member of TexShare.
The library provides innovative and high quality services, programs, and resources that support UTEP's stated mission of education, research, scholarship, and community service. The library provides access to a range of print and electronic information resources that meet the individual needs of its users in its multicultural university community and the U.S. – Mexico Border Region.