Established in 2003, the Visual Resource Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio provides Art & Art History Faculty and Students with the equipment needed to complete assignments in various photography and new media classes as well as high-quality archival inkjet printing services for various sizes, including large format. All VRC equipment and visual resources are for educational use only and only art majors have access to rentals.

Location: third floor, room 3.01.03c


Monday: 8am-11:30am, 12pm-5pm

Tuesday: 8am-9:30am, 11am-6pm

Wednesday: 8am-11:30am, 12pm-5pm

Thursday: 8am-9:30am, 11am-6pm

Friday: 12:30pm-5pm



Services and Policies


The Visual Resource Center (VRC) provides Art & Art History faculty, staff, and students with supplemental learning materials such as art books, images, magazines, videos, and equipment needed to complete assignments in departmental classes. The VRC lending policies are as follows:

  1. VRC equipment can only be checked out by students currently enrolled in a studio art class in the Department of Art & Art History (AAH), AAH faculty, and AAH staff.
  2. Each borrower must sign an agreement with the VRC upon the first time checking an item out.
  3. Equipment must be borrowed in person with a valid UTSA ID.
  4. Equipment lending periods are for 2 business days. Media, such as books, mags, movies, have a lending period of 7 business days.
  5. Borrowers may check out up to 5 items at a time.
  6. Returns are due by close on the due date. For the most up to date VRC open hours, refer to the Hours section on this page or call the VRC at (210) 458-6701.
  7. 2 renewals are allowed per item.
  8. Renewals and reservations can be made in person, by phone, or by email.
  9. All items must be returned in the same condition as borrowed. Borrowers are subject to pay for any damages to the equipment or lost items.
  10. Never leave equipment unattended.
  11. Items must be returned to a VRC staff member during VRC open hours.
  12. Make sure all the items in a bag or box match the label.
  13. If not returned or renewed by due date, the borrower will receive 2 overdue reminders by email. On the 3rd day of no contact, the VRC will begin issuing a $20 late fee per item, per each additional day overdue.
  14. If an item is lost or stolen, contact the VRC immediately so that we may proceed accordingly: if the item has a UTSA asset tag in addition to the VRC bar code, the UTSA police will be involved, and possibly the SAPD.
  15. The borrower is responsible for the full replacement cost of the item(s) and holds will be placed on University and departmental accounts until payment is made in full.
  16. Certain items are only available to students taking specific classes (See Equipment Catalog in the VRC for restrictions). The VRC uses class rosters to verify course-restricted equipment access. Checking out items for other students who do not have these privileges will result in the indefinite suspension of your VRC access.