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Books and Bytes with Ronnie Self 10/23/20


The Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Books + Bytes with guest speaker Ronnie Self October 23, 2020 at 2pm.

Ronnie Self is a professor of architecture at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.  He will discuss his experience researching, writing and publishing his book, The Architecture of Art Museums.  A discussion will follow, moderated by UH Coordinator of Art History Sandra Zalman.

Get Out the Vote initiatives at the Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts


Pick a Date, Take a Buddy” is a UH Get Out the Vote Initiative to help voters with a weekly informational guide to register and vote in the November 2020 election.  This initiative includes a weekly update of steps for voters to participate in to check their registration, register to vote, research their ballot online, pick an early voting date, and take a friend to vote on that early voting date.

This initiative began with a Live Virtual Informational Town Hall hosted by KGMCOTA on Friday, September 18, 2020.  The second event an on campus Voter Registration on September 25, 2020, 9AM-5PM.  A Voter Registration table will be set up outside of the Lindall Finley Wortham Theatre.  Anyone is welcome to come register to vote, change your address status,  or check if you are registered.

Contact Karen Stokes or Toni Valle in the School of Theatre & Dance for more information.

Books + Bytes with Reto Geiser

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Books + Bytes with guest speaker Reto Geiser Sept 17th, 2020 at 5pm.

Reto Geiser is the Director of Undergraduate Studies at Rice University and will be discussing his experience researching, writing and publishing his book Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 971 5146 3593

Upcoming Books+Bytes

October 16, 2 pm

Ronnie Self, Professor of Architecture, College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston

Author of The Architecture of Art Museums

Nov 13, 2 pm

Gail Peter Borden, Director of Graduate Studies, College of Architecture and Design, University of Houston

Author of New Essentialism: Material Architecture

Dec 4, 1 pm

Natilee Harren, Assistant Professor of Art History, College of the Arts, University of Houston

Author of Fluxus Forms: Scores, Multiples, and the Eternal Network


Arts & Antiracism Guide Now Available

General Announcements, New Resource

A new Arts & Antiracism libguide is now available.

The guide has key information & resources in support of antiracism initiatives by Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

Thanks to the contributions of Madelyn S. Washington (Music Library) and Catherine Essinger (Architecture, Design & Art Library).

Reach out directly if you wish to contribute.

Virtual Town Hall to Go Out and Vote

General Announcements, New Resource, Planned Down Time, Special Event or Display

Dean Andrew Davis from the McGovern College of the Arts just announced that he will be hosting a virtual town hall Friday, September 18th at 4 pm. This in order to promote the Get out the Vote efforts to all the UH community.

This information and action campaign is kindly coordinated by Professors Karen Stokes and Toni Valle of the Dance Program in the School of Theater & Dance.

To learn more, what the college is facilitating to support these efforts click here. 

Virtual Pop-Up Library Schedule

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



Archived Virtual Pop-Up’s

September 4th

September 25th

October 2nd























































Texas Art Project Coming Soon!

General Announcements, New Resource

UH Libraries Special Collections proudly announced they will be digitizing the Texas Art Project previously archived at the MFAH. The Texas Art project is a collection of visual arts history between 1978-1985 featuring women artists and artists of color. Students and scholars will soon have access to approximately 150,000 primary source images.

This project was made possible through the Texas State Library and Archives CommissionTexTreasures grant, and Institute for Museum and Library Services funding.

Portrait of Dorothy Hood in the studio (1977) | Martha Armstrong | Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Archives

View introductory exhibit at the MFAH.

View collection list at UH Special Collections.

See more details.

Listen to Gerald D. Hines’s Interview

General Announcements, New Resource

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library would like to honor the legacy of Gerald D. Hines by sharing an interview archived in the UH Digital Library.

The interview took place in 2013 between Jorge Munoz and Mr. Hines from the series Building Houston. He discusses his early beginnings, career as a developer, collaboration with important architects, building materials & finishes, and selected projects.

Click here to listen to interview.



Jenkins Library Re-Opens 8/17


On August 17th the Architecture, Design, and Art Library will be implementing its phase one re-opening plan. See new hours and key services below:

New Hours of Operation 

Monday-Friday – 9 am – 1 pm

Saturday-Sunday – by appointment (Contact to request)

Mode of service

  • The general library spaces will continue to be closed to patrons.
  • The service desk will be open in order to provide the following services.
  • Borrowing of library materials
  • Scan requests
  • Research assistance requests
  • Information and basic library instruction
  • Scans and in-depth research assistance will be delivered online.
  • Patrons may return library materials through the drop-box on the interior wall only.



Returning library materials

  • Library items may be returned via the drop-box in the atrium or at another UH library.
  • Materials may also be returned through campus or US mail.


Borrowing library materials



  • The library staff will provide e-reserves, as usual.
  • Pdf’s will be created on request
  • Library staff will link pdf’s and e-materials to Blackboard pages, or deliver them electronically to instructors, who may deliver them via another platform.
  • We will not provide physical reserves (books/dvd’s/etc.) at this time because of potential health risks.  We will, however, make scans of readings from books that instructors require.


Document Delivery


Research assistance

  • Staff members may provide limited research assistance at the service desk, if circumstances are optimal.
  • Most research assistance will be provided virtually.
  • Patrons may request assistance with class and faculty research at





Virtual assistance

  • This semester our staff is committed to providing virtually the same excellent service that they offer in-person.  For the safety of our patrons, staff, and larger community, we strongly encourage our patrons to avail themselves of our virtual services.  Contact archlib@uh.eduwith questions and to request library materials.


In-person assistance

Phase One Hours of operation

Monday-Friday – 9 am – 1 pm

Saturday-Sunday – by appointment (Contact to request)



Patrons may only access the service desk at this time.

  • No in-person events.
  • No browsing.
  • Computer lab is unavailable.
  • Art history graduate student carrels are unavailable.
  • Study tables and carrels are unavailable.



Service desk

  • Only one patron may approach the service desk at a time.
  • Doors will be propped open.
  • The staff will place signs and markers spaced six feet apart outside the door, so that patrons wait in a socially distanced line wrapped around the atrium wall to enter the library.
  • Signs will also indicate that patrons must wear a mask and sanitize hands to enter the facility.  (Hand sanitizer will be provided.)



  • Patrons may return library materials through the drop-box on the interior wall only.
  • At the end of each shift, the box will be replaced with an empty one.
  • Materials will be checked in after two days.  Employees will wear gloves and/or use hand sanitizer when handling returns.





Get Your Free Art & Design Supplies Now

General Announcements, New Resource, New Service

To alleviate any financial burden and health risk students may be experiencing, the Architecture, Design, and Art Library has extended the lending period of its art & design supplies. Students may now borrow these supplies without any worry for an entire semester, either at the service desk or by using our request form.  All while supplies last.

Circulating Art & Design Supplies:








(See supply details here. )

In 2019, the Architecture, Design, and Art Library launched its new non-consumable art & design supplies. The goal was to assist students who may have an economic disadvantage or in need of special supplies to complete their projects.

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