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Surplus Property

Our purpose is to repurpose.

We collect university items no longer being used and find them a new home.

Surplus Property is responsible for collecting, storing and transferring The University of Texas at Austin's property to other organizations within the university system, other Texas public agencies, or the community at large. We handle approximately 20,000 capitalized and controlled items—about 2,000 tons of property—each year.

We offer the following services to employees on the university's Main Campus, J. J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC), UT System offices, and other facilities such as the UT Elementary School:

  • Collection and storage of the university's surplus furniture such as desks, chairs and tables and equipment such as computers and laboratory equipment
  • Delivery and pick-up of the university's surplus property, upon request (allow 4-6 weeks from time of notice)
  • Supply of chairs, tables, desk-top podiums and portable chalkboards for classroom use

We also provide oversight and coordination of the following services to the Greater Austin and Texas communities:

  • Transfer of the university's surplus property to benefit other local and Texas public agencies such as schools, shelters, clinics and more
  • Public auction of the university's surplus property
  • Safe disposal or recycling of all excess surplus property

Warehouse Information

Surplus Property operates two warehouses at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus:

  • The warehouse space at Building 45 is used for items available for reuse on campus, as well as large items including lab and mechanical equipment and vehicles.
  • The warehouse space at Building 30 is used to house auxiliary items for auction and storage for online auctions. This warehouse also serves as the location for Surplus Reuse Store events.


Building 45 Visiting Hours:

  • University students, faculty and staff: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Fridays. No appointment necessary.
  • Qualifying outside agencies: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Mondays (excluding holidays). Please email surplus@austin.utexas.edu prior to your visit to ensure qualification requirements have been met.

Building 30 Visiting Hours: Building 30 does not currently have scheduled visiting hours. If you would like to pick up an item won through an online auction, please contact Surplus Property at 512-471-7889 or email us at surplus@austin.utexas.edu to schedule an appointment.

Shipping Receiving Hours: 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, by appointment preferred. Contact Surplus Property at 512-471-7889 or surplus@austin.utexas.edu to schedule.

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Please note: Surplus Property is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as periodically before/after live auctions.

Location & Parking

Enter J.J. Pickle Research campus (PRC) at the address below:

10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 75758

(Between U.S. 183 and Braker Lane)

* All visitors must use the Burnet Road entrance. Visitors may EXIT campus through the Burnet Road or Braker Lane gates

Direct Building Addresses:

Building 45: 10301 Creativity Trl, Austin, TX 78758

Building 30: 3300 Read Granberry Trl, Austin, TX 78758

Parking for Surplus Property visitors can be found surrounding the warehouses and nearby streets, as marked. Avoid areas where signage restricts parking.

Contact Us

We welcome you and would like to accommodate your visit, based on our hours of operation and your specific needs. Please call ahead or refer to our hours above to schedule your visit accordingly.

Phone: 512-471-7889
Fax: 512-475-8167
Email: surplus@austin.utexas.edu

Email and fax checked during our office hours of 7:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Mark Engelman
Surplus Property Supervisor

Eddie Mann
Warehouse Supervisor

Public Auctions

auction taking place
auction taking place

General Information

Surplus property not claimed by the university's organizations or other Texas agencies is sold to the general public via online and live auction. The professional auction house that runs the event is independent of the university and follows State of Texas procedures to ensure proper and legal transfer of all surplus property.

Please contact us if you have any questions. You may also contact the Facilities Service Center at 512-471-2020.

Pre-selection by University Organizations or State of Texas Agencies

Before any items in Surplus Property are made available for public auction, the university’s organizations and other qualified Texas agencies may identify through a pre-selection process those Surplus Property items they can use to help them avoid unnecessary purchases. Representatives may preview the inventory during these hours:

  • University students, faculty, and staff: 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Fridays. No appointment necessary.
  • Qualifying outside agencies: 7:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Mondays (excluding holidays).

Please note: Preview and pre-selection of Surplus Property items prior to the public auction should only be carried out in an official capacity, not for personal use.

For the final day to pre-select just prior to a scheduled auction, see the auction schedule.

Online Auction Information

Surplus furniture and other large items not set aside for live auction are most often sold through our weekly online auction process. These items include, but are not limited to, furniture, professional machinery, work-out equipment and various memorabilia. To view items currently available via the Surplus Property online auction, please visit the auctioneer's website.

All online auctions are posted on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and will remain live for a minimum of 10 days before closing.

Items for auction may be viewed by prospective buyers prior to bidding. To set up an appointment for viewing, call us at 512-471-7889 or email us at surplus@austin.utexas.edu.

To pick up an item won via online auction, call 512-471-7889 or email us at surplus@austin.utexas.edu to schedule an appointment.

You can also visit us at our Surplus Property Facebook page.

Live Auction Tips

Never been to a live auction or this auction before? We want to help make your experience here a good one. Our Surplus Property experts have put together some tips to help you.

  • The auction is held at the university's Surplus Property warehouse, located at the J. J. Pickle Research Campus.
  • Arrive early; parking is limited.
  • You can pay with cash, check, or credit card.
  • Payment is due within 30 minutes after the sale.
  • The auction site is not air-conditioned, and no concessions are available. We recommend you dress accordingly and bring your own refreshments.
  • To pick up your item(s), you must provide the paid invoice(s).
  • You must pick up your item(s) by Friday at 4:00pm immediately after the Wednesday auction. Surplus Property will be open from 7:30am - 4:00pm during the week (Monday-Friday) immediately following the auction.
  • For full details, we recommend you review the Bidder's Terms and Conditions.

Live Auction Schedule

Currently Scheduled Auction
Date: TBD
Time: TBD
Last day for UT personnel to view and pre-select before this auction: TBD
Last day for outside agencies to view and pre-select before this auction: TBD
Surplus Property closed for receiving and pick-up, unless authorized: TBD
Open for pre-viewing TBD
Last pick-up day for sold items: TBD
Resume open selection for UT personnel: TBD
Resume open selection for outside agencies: TBD
Next auction: Fall 2017

Generally, our on-site public auctions are held twice per year, October and March. They are held on Saturdays, usually around the middle of the month. They are always held at the same location.

Be sure to view the:

Bidder Terms and Conditions

PRC Campus Map

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