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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.





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