Longhorn students experience and contribute to a powerful center of learning that provides access to academic centers and programs, archives, museums, and libraries filled with treasures that bring the world to life.
Whether students need to conduct research or just want to spend a quiet afternoon in the museum, they have the resources they need at their fingertips.
- The university’s library system is the fifth largest in the United States—holding more than eight million volumes in 17 different libraries across campus. The library system holds specialized collections in architecture, Latin American culture and history, law, life and marine sciences and more.
- The Harry Ransom Center, one of the world’s finest cultural archives, contains the world’s first photograph, a rare Gutenberg Bible, original manuscripts from renowned authors including Ernest Hemingway, T. S. Eliot and James Joyce, the collections of Woody Allen and Robert DeNiro, and the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate archive.
- History buffs can visit the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum—the country’s most visited presidential library—to see exhibits and archives from the 1960s and the career of the 36th president. Permanent exhibits include LBJ’s presidential limousine, a replica of the Oval Office, gifts from world leaders, historical documents and videos and much more.
- Art lovers can stop by the Blanton Museum of Art—the largest university art museum in the country and third largest museum in Texas—to gaze at Old Master paintings and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art.
- The Texas Memorial Museum—the state museum of natural and cultural sciences—houses all kinds of geological and natural treasures (and lots of fossils).