Scholars Commons

The Scholars Commons is a UT Libraries pilot initiative introducing new spaces and approaches to research and data lifecycle support at UT Austin.

We hope to support and inspire scholarship through research consultations; a data lab with advanced software; workshops introducing tools for digital scholarship, data analysis, and scholarly communication; spaces for collaboration; and exhibits and events that provide opportunities for scholars to share their research.


Students getting research help

Research Support

We provide research consultations, digital scholarship focused workshops, citation management, data management and writing support services.

Student in PCL

Scholarly Publishing

We offer information and consultations for copyright issues and authors who have questions about where and how they can share their work, and are interested in learning more about retaining rights to their work.

Spaces in the Scholars Commons

Data Lab

Data Lab
icon for location marker  Perry Castañeda Library, Floor 2

Located in Scholars Commons, the Data Lab has 15 iMacs. Software programs specific to this lab include Stata MP, NVivo, and OpenRefine. This lab is open to all current staff, faculty, and...

Graduate Landing Spot

Graduate Landing Spot
icon for location marker  Perry Castañeda Library, Floor 2

Located at the far end of the Scholars Commons and accessible by UT ID cards, the Graduate Landing Spot offers a kitchenette, lounge areas and media-equipped, reservable meeting rooms for UT...

Scholars Commons Exhibits

South Asian books displayed in a glass case
icon for location marker  Perry Castañeda Library, Floor 2

Exhibit Guidelines | Exhibit Proposal Form...

Scholars Commons Study Rooms

Study Room in the Scholars Commons
icon for location marker  Perry Castañeda Library, Floor 2

UT Graduate Students: Reserve a room. These rooms are only available to UT graduate students.

Silent Study Area

Silent Study Area in the Scholars Commons
icon for location marker  Perry Castañeda Library, Floor 2

The main room in our Scholars Commons is dedicated to silent study when not being used for presentations and symposia. Designed with a variety of needs in mind, the goal was to create a...

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