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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

October 30th

November 6th

November 20th 






















































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.

Library Request Form Now Available

General Announcements, New Resource, New Service

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library continues to be closed until further notice, but we’ll continue to mail out books and scan pages on demand.

For this reason, we’ve created a temporary library request form that is now available.

Only items from our collection are eligible. Items from other libraries, please visit here.

Shipments are made weekly with limited staffing. We appreciate your patience.

For questions, please email us at