Most materials in the collection can be loaned for presentations, research purposes, and hands-on inspiration.  The Materials Lab’s users are mainly comprised of faculty and students in the School of Architecture , though faculty and students from the College of Fine Arts and the Cockrell School of Engineering have also taken advantage of the resource.  The facility is open and available to the University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, staff, alumni, local design professionals, and the general Austin community.


Normal loan period is 1 week.  In order to check out a material, you must be a current or former student, faculty, or staff member of the University with an EID.

Loan period for a high demand material is 3 days. 

A maximum of 30 materials may be checked out at one time.

Loaned materials become the responsibility of the patron to whom the material was checked out.  


An item may be renewed for one additional week, and up to three renewals are allowed on a single item.

To renew an item, you may:

1.  Bring your materials back to the circulation desk

2.  Send an email requesting a renewal to:; include your name and EID

3.  Call the Materials Lab at 512 232 5969

You may request to place a hold on a specific item to reserve it for your use.


The borrower will be held liable for any replacement costs associated with damage, loss or theft of the material. The replacement charge of a damaged or lost material represents the cost to the Materials Lab to re-purchase and re-process a replacement of the same material where applicable.

The Materials Lab is not responsible for notifying borrowers that materials are overdue.  Failure to receive reminders or overdue notices does not excuse patrons from the responsibility of returning or renewing materials on time and avoiding penalties.

If materials samples are overdue by more than one month, they will be considered Missing/Lost and the patron’s borrowing privileges will be suspended until the overdue materials are replaced or returned. If a patron has repeatedly overdue materials, indefinite suspension of borrowing privileges will occur.


One of our material researchers helps a patron check out a material sample from the collection