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General Announcements, New Resource, New Service, Special Event or Display

Thanksgiving Week & Intersession Hours

General Announcements, Planned Down Time


Monday 11/19: 8am-8pm

Tuesday 11/20: 8am-8pm

Wednesday 11/21: 8am-5pm

Thursday 11/22: Closed

Friday 11/23:  Closed

Saturday 11/24: Closed

Sunday 11/25: Closed



Intersession Hours

December 13th- January 13th

Monday-Friday : 8am-5pm

Saturday& Sunday : Closed


Winter Break

December 24th- January 1st : Closed


First Day of Class:  Monday, January 14th



Fresh from the Digital Library

General Announcements, New Resource

Student Art Exhibit “Play and Process” by  Felicia Lourdes Leyva is now available in the UH Digital Library.

Leyva is a sculpture BFA student at the University of Houston. While she has experimented with several mediums, her work mainly focuses on her increasing interest in fiber arts. Known for her fun and colorful style, she enjoys bringing new life to everyday soft materials like yarn, foam, and felt. Her work was recently exhibited at The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library August-November 2018.

To find more information on Student Art Exhibits go here.

Pop-Up Art Library & Book Sale Nov 26th & 27th

New Service, Special Event or Display

Catch the Architecture, Design, and Art Library in its latest adventure with the Blaffer Art Museum!


November 26th & 27th at the Fine Arts Courtyard (School of Art)

Browse through a selection of art books available for check-out with your Cougar Card as well “mystery boxes” for sale.

FREE hot chocolate!


New Building Houston recordings online

General Announcements, New Resource, New Service

The Architecture, Design and Art Library has developed an online collection of interviews called Building Houston, which documents the oral history of Houston’s built environment, as told by the people who impacted it.  Architects, developers, planners, scholars, philanthropists, and community leaders discuss their work and its relationship to Houston’s urban fabric in this online collection.  Each subject is interviewed by a scholar or colleague who frames the discussion and provides context.  Ten recordings made earlier this year are now available in the UH Libraries’ audio/video repository.  Click on the link to see interviews with Leslie K. Elkins, Natalye Appel, James B. Thomas and others.

Social Media Challenge

Special Event or Display

“BE A LADY” Student Art Opening Nov 2nd

Special Event or Display

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library is happy to present BE A LADY by student artist Amira Maruf. An opening reception will be held on Friday, November 2nd with light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display through January and everyone is welcome to attend.

Amira Maruf is a Houston-based graphic designer whose works explore 2D design to site-specific installations. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Marketing from the University of Houston. During her undergraduate studies, she found joy in designing campaign collateral, which lead her to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design (from the University of Houston). As an MFA candidate, her research is focused on anthropologist studies and spatial concepts. When she graduates, she wants to pursue a career in teaching and own her studio practice.

Artist’s Statement

As a graphic designer, I use visual storytelling to exhibit social and environmental issues. With the heart of an anthropologist, my studies are heavily focused on the understanding of people and their interaction with the world around them. I am fascinated by the parts of history that are undocumented, for the uncertainty of the past offers opportunities for new discoveries. By analyzing time and space in relation to environment and culture, I actively look for new ways to encourage public engagement with issues that constitute against them. Inspired by visual artists such as Olafur Elision, Rana Begum, Rashid Johnson, and Candice Lin, my art and design practice questions diverse perspectives and seeks to find and exhibit hidden truths

Halloween Library Scavenger Hunt!

Special Event or Display



*Play individually or with a partner

*Hunt for clues and write down the letters

*Spell out the phrase

*Win a reward

Translate library’s website into multiple languages


By selecting a language from the drop down menu at the bottom of the Architecture, Design, and Art Library’s page, users can now translate this site into 80 different languages.

Two of a Kind 

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

Fresh from the Kenneth Franzheim ll Rare Books Room, the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents two Fall Semester displays: Clyfford Still and Les Vieux Hôtels de Paris.

The Clyfford Still’s exhibit consists of books gifted from the Clyfford Still Foundation which were formerly in the artist’s personal collection.

Les Vieux Hôtels de Paris previews photographs from three hotels in Le Quartier Saint-Paul from the early 20th century. To view the rest of this—one of a kind portfolio, contact Catherine Essinger at for an appointment.


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