Tutorial - UNT VPN Access

Any UNT student, faculty, or staff member from virtually any device in the world can access Electronic Databases provided by UNT Libraries. Through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, your computer, tablet, or smart phone is able to securely connect to the UNT Libraries' website both on- and off-campus.

This video tutorial demonstrates how to connect to the UNT Libraries' website through the VPN.


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North Texas State Normal College Scrapbook

We have recently added to the Portal a scrapbook compiled by Hilda L. Hugon during her junior and senior years at North Texas.  Covering 1916-1918, the scrapbook includes photographs, newspaper clippings, event programs, and other items collected by Hugon--with handwritten annotation.  Among the photographs, you can see views of early campus buildings as well as houses on Hickory and Sycamore Streets.  Don't miss "The Librarian's parting gift!" on page 88.  You may also be interested in The Yucca, Yearbook of North Texas State Normal School  from that time period.

--submitted by Nancy Reis, Communications Specialist, Digital Libraries Division

The Cat’s Out of the Bag: Recent Acquisitions in Special Collections

The origin of the phrase “letting the cat out the bag” is not clear. Some believe that the phrase did not first appear in print until 1760—33 years after our recently acquired first edition of Les Chats (The Cats) was published in France. Regardless, the phrase holds true for this exhibit of recent acquisitions, seen here for the first time since arriving at UNT.

The items selected for this exhibit demonstrate the full breadth of special collections. Highlights include works from the University Archive, the fine press and print history collection, the artists’ book collection and modern manuscript collections. Collections of folk art and antique cameras in this display are just a small sample of the extraordinary artifacts in special collections.

An online preview of The Cat’s Out of the Bag: Recent Acquisitions in Special Collections can be found on the University Libraries' Exhibits website.

This exhibit in Special Collections will be on display until May 9, 2014.

Location Willis Library, Room 437

Exhibition Hours

Best Picture Oscar Nominee Has Ties to UNT Libraries

When the creators of the Oscar-nominated movie “Dallas Buyers Club” needed to better understand the AIDS crisis among the city’s gay community during the 1980s, they only had to contact the UNT Libraries.

Since August 2012, the UNT Libraries’ Special Collections department, formerly known as Archives and Rare Books, has housed a letter from Ron Woodroof, who started the Dallas Buyers Club to obtain non FDA-approved drugs for AIDS after being diagnosed with the disease; 10 Dallas Buyers Club newsletters, which were read by AIDS patients around the world who received the drugs from Woodroof; and a photograph of the medication, which is featured in the film.

They are just some of the approximately 100 items from Woodroof that were originally part of the Phil Johnson Historic Archives and Research Library at Dallas’ Resource Center, which is one of the largest LGBT community centers in the U.S. In August 2012, the Resource Center donated the archives to the UNT Libraries. The collection is now known as the Resource Center LGBT Collection and includes approximately 100,000 items.

Some of the items connected to Woodroof can now be viewed anytime online through the UNT Digital Library.

To learn more, see the full article in UNT's InHouse: Best Picture Oscar nominee has ties to UNT.

Anti-Valentine Books - February Book Display

“The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone.” ―Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” —John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”―Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”―Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

“It isn't possible to love and part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.”―E.M. Forster, A Room with a View

Stop by the New Books Area in Willis Library on the first floor to check out our themed book display. To learn more, see the complete list of the books on display this month.