Academic Plaza

We have worked with partners across campus to centralize and optimize resources for students in the second floor Academic Plaza. Here, you'll find services ranging from tutoring to peer mentorship, research assistance to a place to hang out and buy snacks.

For questions about the Academic Plaza, please contact Gretchen Trkay

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I.D.E.A.S. Center

The I.D.E.A.S. Center provides academic support for students in transition (transfers, sophomores, veterans, and first generation college students). Located in the Academic Plaza on the west side of the 2nd floor of the Central Library, students are able to walk in to receive Peer-to-Peer Mentoring and free Peer-to-Peer Tutoring. There are day, evening, and weekend hours; however, the space will be available for students to study individually and in groups during the Central Library’s regular hours.

University Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction

University Tutorial & Supplemental Instruction (UTSI) provides one-on-one, as well as group-based supplemental learning in the 2nd-floor Academic Plaza. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of peer-assisted weekly study sessions designed to help students succeed in traditionally difficult courses. 

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Research Coaches

Research Coaches are UTA students trained to offer peer-to-peer help for students seeking individualized assistance with their research and course assignments. They help frame research questions, develop search strategies, understand citation styles, and select and evaluate relevant resources.

College of Business Advising

The College of Business is offering walk-in advising in the Academic Plaza this Summer. See them in Central Library, room 212, from 4:30pm - 6:30pm on the following Thursdays: June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, and August 10. For more information, call 817-272-3368 or email

College of Business building
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Faculty Office Hours

Faculty are welcome to use the Central Library to hold office hours. If you are interested in holding office hours in the Central Library, please contact Gretchen Trkay.   

Research Assistance

Librarians are available on-call for research/reference help, by chat, phone, or in-person. See Subject Librarians' contact information and office hours. In addition, you can also request an appointment with your subject librarian or call the service desk at 817-272-3395 for more information. 

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Short Edition Short Story Machine

Short Story Dispenser

In its goal to empower students as creators, UTA Libraries is the first in Texas to install an innovative short story dispenser that aims to encourage both reading and creative writing. Become a published author in three easy steps.