The UTEP Library has been designed to provide University and community users with a modern and efficient facility for study and research. The building houses over one million books, 200,000 government documents and 1,000,000 microforms.
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.
Special facilities include 65 faculty studies, 192 graduate study carrels,and a small auditorium. 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.