Flawn Academic Center

Flawn Academic Center
The Flawn Academic Center, with the Main Building in the background
Former names "Harry's Place", Undergraduate Library and Academic Center
General information
Town or city Austin, Texas
Country United States
Coordinates 30°17′11″N 97°44′25″W / 30.286259°N 97.740319°W / 30.286259; -97.740319Coordinates: 30°17′11″N 97°44′25″W / 30.286259°N 97.740319°W / 30.286259; -97.740319

The Peter T. Flawn Academic Center (abbreviated FAC, formerly the Undergraduate Library and Academic Center)[1] is an undergraduate library and "technology and collaboration" facility located on the University of Texas at Austin campus.[2][3] The center, named after former university president Peter T. Flawn in 1983,[4] opened between 1963 and 1964.[5][6] Upon its opening, the building featured the first open-stack library on campus for undergraduates along with much of the Humanities Research Center.[5]

Among the permanent displays in the Center's Leeds Gallery is a re-creation of Perry Mason creator Erle Stanley Gardner's study along with personal effects. Charles Umlauf's sculpture The Torchbearers is located at the front of the building.[7]


The undergraduate library was constructed at a cost of $4.7 million, not including the price of the 60,000 volumes it originally housed.[8]

In 2005 the library underwent a major change by removing 90,000 volumes to other libraries within the university system and replacing them with "250 desktop computers... 75 laptops available for checkout, wireless Internet access, computer labs, software suites, a multimedia studio, a computer help desk and repair shop, and a café."[9][10] According to Fred Heath, vice provost for the general libraries, claimed that the University of Texas remains the nation's fifth-largest academic library with more than 8 million volumes.[9]


The fourth floor contains the Humanities Research Center's Leeds Gallery.[8]


  1. Holland, Richard A. (2006). The Texas Book: Profiles, History, and Reminiscences of the University. University of Texas Press. p. 22. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  2. "Peter T. Flawn Academic Center". University of Texas. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  3. "Peter T. Flawn Academic Center – FAC". University of Texas. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  4. "Portrait of Peter Flawn hangs in Academic Center". The Alcalde. Emmis Communications. 78 (1): 44. September–October 1989. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  5. 1 2 Drake, Miriam A. (2003). Encyclopedia of library and information science. 3. CRC Press. p. 2991. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  6. Heaberlin, Dick (2001). From Texas to the World and Back: Essays on the Journeys of Katherine Anne Porter. TCU Press. p. 92. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  7. Smith, Mark L. (May–June 1999). "Strong, Silent Type". The Alcalde. Emmis Communications. 87 (5): 48. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  8. 1 2 Sander, Leigh (September–October 1983). "The UGL Turns 20". The Alcalde. Emmis Communications: 14–15. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  9. 1 2 Axtman, Kris (August 22, 2005). "Academic libraries empty stacks for online centers". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  10. "Libraries undergo an e-volution". Vox. IPC Media. September 29, 2005. Retrieved March 25, 2011.
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