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Moving and repairs


The reconstruction of the Architecture and Art Library has sped up in the past two weeks.  We will begin moving books and journals back into the library during the month of  December.  Furniture and equipment will be gradually replaced in the months afterwards.

In order to supervise the move, we will suspend customer service in room 106F after Wednesday, the 26th.  Beginning next weeks, students should visit the information desk at the M.D. Anderson Library for research assistance.

Students and faculty members may also email the Jenkins librarians directly, but our work in the Jenkins Library will preclude our ability to answer email during the workday.  Responses, therefore, may be delayed.

Due to a renovation at the M.D. Anderson, Interlibrary Loan will be unable to accept new patron requests starting on Monday, Dec. 1.  They will resume normal service on January 5th, 2009.  Requests placed before December 1 will be handled in the normal fashion, so ILL requests for December should be placed before then.

Library books available on campus


About half of the books and bound journals from our library collection are available on campus.  Books within the call number range A-NB from the general collection are on the 4th floor of the M.D. Anderson Library’s blue wing. A moving crew has been working very hard to get these books in order during the past month. While they are not yet in perfect order, many sections are complete and others are close enough to be browsable. All these books may be checked out.

Before you visit another library, come visit the 4th floor. The subject areas covered include: art museums (A), aesthetics (BH), archeology (CC), Classical civilization, art, and culture (DE-DG), Mesoamerican civilization, art, and culture (F), city planning (HD and HT), visual arts and art history (N), architecture (NA), and sculpture (NB).

In addition to the subjects listed above, we have many books from our collection on other subjects available on the 4th floor, though those sections are not complete.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Were your library books damaged during the hurricane?


If any library books checked out to you were damaged as a result of the hurricane damage on campus, please notify Catherine Essinger as soon as possible.  Email or phone 713-743-2340.

DVD & tutorial collection has been moved


All DVD’s and software tutorials, including the Gnomon series, have been moved to 106F in the M.D. Anderson Library. All may be borrowed, as usual.

The GA Houses, GA Documents, and El Croquis are housed in 106F, as well.

Course reserves may be retrieved from the M.D. Anderson Library Service Desk.

Online resources for American Art II (ARTH 3388/6394)


The ARTH 3388/6394 class now has its own webpage. Please visit for specialized information online.

Library service moved to 106F in the M.D. Anderson Library


Please visit the Architecture and Art Library staff in room 106F at the M.D. Anderson Library for research assistance. The staff will be present to help you from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. At other times, please visit the Information Desk in the M.D. Anderson Library lobby.

106F is on the left side of the library lobby, directly behind the Information Desk.

You may also schedule an appointment with the library staff by emailing Tina McPherson at

Library closed until further notice

Planned Down Time, Uncategorized

The College of Architecture building suffered extensive damage during Hurricane Ike. Part of the roof was blown off and rain flooded the library. The Architecture and Art Library will be closed until further notice. During this time, please visit the M.D. Anderson Library for assistance. ILL books and books on hold may be borrowed at the M.D. Anderson Library service desk. All Architecture and Art Library books should be returned at either the M.D. Anderson, Music, Optometry, or Pharmacy Library.

You may contact the Jenkins Architecture and Art Library staff at or 713-743-2340.

Library survey

Libraries Survey

 As most of you know, the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library staff has conducted satisfaction surveys in each of the past three fall semesters.  The survey results guide planning and track development.  The UH Libraries system also conducts its own survey each spring, called LibQUAL.  In the past, the library was unable to do a separate analysis for each of the branch libraries. That is now corrected, however.  In the future, therefore, the Jenkins Library will offer its survey in the spring. 

I know many of you recently helped us by completing our survey last semester, and we are very grateful.  If you are willing and able, would you please consider completing the new one.  It is quite different and will be open through Friday, the 18th.  It should take 10 – 15 minutes for you to complete the LibQUAL survey. It was developed and is administered by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Your responses are sent to ARL’s office, and only the analysis and compiled demographic data are available to us. If you would like more information about the survey, it is available on their web site at Collected data will be used to improve library services.

To take the survey, go to:

e-Book survey

Libraries Survey

ebrary, which produces a large number of our library’s e-books, is hosting a survey to determine how our students use e-books.  We will use this data to improve our online book services, so please feel encouraged to complete the questionnaire which is available at


Chat service now available for students in need

New Service


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