UHV Library During COVID-19

Book your spot to use the UHV Library.

In order to maintain safety requirements due to COVID-19, you will need to book a spot to use the UHV Library. 

You can book your spot in the following ways:

  • Stop by the Check Out Desk on the 2nd floor
  • Book online
  • Call us at 361-570-4166

Safety requirements while in the library:

  • Patrons MUST wear a mask in the library
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often
  • Alert a staff member when you are done using your spot so they can disinfect the area

You can access Virtual Reference through our chat service, which is located on our main library homepage, as well as this guide. 

The Katy Virtual Library is open the same hours as the Katy site:

  • Monday: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (building will lock at 9 p.m.; Security will be on-site till class ends at 9:45 p.m.)
  • Tuesday-Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

The first floor of the Commons building is open so that students can access WiFi and study space. Building hours are 7:45 a.m.-10:00 p.m.


We will update this page with any changes to our hours or services.

Remote Research

As always, UHV and VC faculty, staff, and students will be able to access our online materials. Any restriction on access is indicated on our Databases A-Z list (see below).

If you access our material from off campus, you will be required to authenticate with your Blackboard credentials (UHV users) or your Pirate Portal credentials (VC users). 

How to find articles, reports, conference proceedings, streaming videos and more:

Start at OneSearch (search box below). OneSearch searches nearly half of our databases at one time, as well as the library catalog.

If you want to do more focused research or find that OneSearch is not producing enough/relevant results, you can start searching in individual databases.

How to find e-books, audiobooks, and streaming video:

Search in the library catalog. If you are not looking for articles, reports or conference proceedings, you can skip OneSearch and start your search at the library catalog. 

Need help knowing where to start on your research?

Check out out library guides, which are created by our librarians on different topics. Each guide has resources that can help you find information about your topic!

Class Reserves

Professors have the ability to put course material on "reserve" either physically at the UHV Library or online. You can see if your professor has materials on research through our Course Reserves page. If your professor does have something on reserve, they likely mention it in their syllabus.