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A Pledge to our Students & Community

General Announcements, New Service


Concrete steps toward equity and social justice in William R. Jenkins Library staffing, collections, services, outreach, and operations 



Our library employs one librarian, 3-7 student workers, 1 part-time and two full-time assistants who specialize in art and design information resources.  We actively recruit our professional staff from the alumni of the academic departments we support, which has typically resulted in an ethnically and racially diverse department.  (Three-fourths of our current professional staff are UH alumni.)  We recognize that we need to recruit from many parts of our campus population, as well as our city’s art and design community, so that our students benefit from many cultural perspectives and circles of knowledge.  We will strategically promote our job openings to ensure a diverse pool of applicants for our open positions.   

  • We will continue to promote open student worker positions to the students of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and the Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts.  We will also promote job postings directly to student organizations for people of color and groups traditionally under-represented in higher education. 
  • We will promote our professional job postings directly to arts organizations for people of color and groups traditionally under-represented in higher education, as well as community organizations dedicated to connecting under-represented groups to employment opportunities, in order to ensure a diverse pool of applicants for these positions. 



The librarian wrote an analysis of the general collection in 2008, which noted a lack of diversity in the collection and developed a plan to increase resources in under-represented subject and geographic areas, in order to create a more balanced set of resources.  As a result, the librarian began purchasing comparatively more materials on those identified subjects.  In 2019 the librarian also developed a plan for the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room collection. The Franzheim Room is the rare books room located within the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art.  The plan recognized the lack of racial inclusion in the rare books collection and acknowledged that the collection does not sufficiently reflect the major research interests of our academic departments.  The general collection of the Architecture, Design, and Art Library is roughly 100,000 volumes and the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room collection is approximately 1,000 volumes.  Given those numbers, as well as the collection budget and the expense of rare books, it is not possible to quickly create a balanced collection.  While the number of titles in those muchneeded subjects has increased over the past dozen years, the effect has not been significant.  The library staff is cognizant of the fact that, for most of our patrons, the library collection is the most fundamental representation of the University of Houston LibrariesIt is the physical manifestation of the library’s mission, more so than any other service or staff member.  In order to increase progress at a faster pace, therefore, we pledge to implement the following measures. 

  • We pledge to spend endowments designated for the library’s general collection on works by and about people of color, as well as activist art and design during Fiscal Years 2020-2022 in order to create a more representative collection.  This will also help us align with the curricula, goals, and faculty interests in the College of the Arts, as well as the College of Architecture and Design.   
  • We will pursue the goals of the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room Collection Plan (2019), which include increasing the number of books by and on people of color in the rare book collection.   
  • During Fiscal Years 2020-2022 new purchases for the Franzheim Room will be books by or about people of color or about the visual culture of under-represented regions.  By increasing the holdings in these subjects we will not only support the faculty interests and curricula of our academic units, but will also more closely meet the needs of our many students who select thesis and other research topics for which the collection offers few resources.   



The Architecture, Design, and Art Library’s services and programming include traditional library services, such as research assistance, technology support, and resource procurement.  It also offers services related to its foci on art and design.  The facility features exhibitions of student artworkThe staff curates digital and in-house exhibits.  They host talks on architectural publishing.  They organize pop-up libraries in fine arts centers around campus.  The staff pledges to ensure equitable service and representation to the populations we serve.   

  • We will launch an annual assessment of the inclusivity and equity of our programs and services.  Our good intentions are not enough.  At the end of each academic year we must publicly assess the balance of ethnic and cultural perspectives of our exhibits, artists, speakers, and programs.   


Community engagement 

According to the Houston Arts Alliance’s Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 national economic impact study, Houston’s arts and culture industry generates $1.12 billion in annual economic activity in the greater Houston region—supporting 25,817 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $119.3 million in local and state government revenues.i  The Architecture, Design, and Art Library has opportunities to partner with arts organizations in Houston in order to leverage support for both art and design research on campus as well as artistic expression in the City of Houston.  That community support should include all segments of Houston’s population of artists.  Houston is and has been home to a thriving community of visual and performing artists who claim ancestry from Africa, Asia, indigenous America, and Latin AmericaIt is our privilege, as the largest public art library in the region, to work with, to celebrate, and to assist that community. 

  • We will reach out to community art organizations committed to social justice and equality to learn how we can support and partner with them.  
  • We will explore opportunities to facilitate dialogue with academic units and community partners on how information resources support social justice, as well as racial, ethnicity, gender, and identity-based equality. 
  • We will leverage our social media presence by creating spotlights for diverse members of our artistic community, including members of our academic departments and student bodies, to show their work and give them a space to talk about their educational influences, the books and resources they recommend, and talk about the importance of art and design research in their endeavors. 


Being held accountable 

As stated earlier, our good intentions are not enough.  As members of a service profession, as educators, and as State of Texas employees, we owe it to our patrons and to our community to account for our actions.  We plan, therefore, to distribute an annual report on our progress at the end of each academic year.  We will also undergo annual training and self-education.  It is our good fortune to work for a library system that provides training and is served by a Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, which provides a monthly reading and discussion group.  The University of Houston is also home to a Center for Diversity and Inclusion, a Women and Gender Resource Center, an LGBTQ Resource Center, and a Center for Students with DisABILITIES, all of which offer robust training opportunities.   

  • Every summer semester we will undertake an assessment of our collection development, services, outreach, training, staffing, and operations.  We will note the diversity of student artists, staff, and exhibits annually to ensure we are presenting multiple perspectives. 
  • Our report will include a list of training and other educational efforts undertaken by the library staff. 


Virtual Student Art Exhibit

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

Immerse yourself in a virtual art experience from the comfort of your own home. The Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents Inspiration Intention Process by student artist Dario de Leon now on view. Viewers are able to interact with the artwork, listen to his studio play list, and more.


I  was born in 1996 in The Valley, a region comprising the southernmost lands in Texas. A place neither fully Mexican or American, but something in between. Growing up I hated any art that wasn’t a touchstone to academic standards or antiquated beyond belief. In high school I figured out that was because I just didn’t understand how to understand art that wasn’t feeding me a narrative. When I was 17 Basquiat and a national treasure of an art teacher enlightened me and here we are. This year I’m graduating with a degree in art history. I believe as an artist I have an obligation to inspire others, explore what art is and its limits, and create something larger than myself as an individual. Art is too powerful to be squandered on goals of selfish ambition, awards, and achievements; those should come as affirmations of your Intentions.


Student Art Exhibits

Beginning in 2008, the University of Houston Libraries hosted an annual juried exhibit of student artwork, open to all students of all classifications and majors. A jury of professionals from the Houston arts community as well as UH School of Art faculty members selected work which was mounted each spring semester at the M.D. Anderson Library. After spring 2014, the very successful program, moved to the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library in order to host solo and group exhibits all year-round.

Accessing Virtual Software

General Announcements, New Resource

Students that can’t come to campus still have access to UH Libraries’ virtual software. Below is a list all available software. Click this link to follow the steps and download.

Virtual Software:

  • Adobe Acrobat DC
  • Adobe After Effects CS6
  • Adobe Bridge CS6
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Adobe Encore CS6
  • Adobe Fireworks CS6
  • Adobe Flash Builder 4.6
  • Adobe Flash Professional CS6
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6
  • Adobe InDesign CS6
  • Adobe Media Encoder CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Adobe Prelude CS6
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS6
  • Adobe Speedgrade CS6
  • ArcCatalog 10.6
  • ArcGlobe 10.6
  • ArcMap 10.6
  • ArcScene 10.6
  • AutoCAD 2019
  • Calculator
  • EndNote X9
  • IBM SPSS Statistics 25
  • MATLAB R2018b
  • R x64 3.5.1
  • RStudio
  • StataSE 15
  • Wolfram Mathematica 11


The Photographic Diptych Reception March 6th at the ADA Library

General Announcements, Special Event or Display

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library proudly present the work of UH Photography & Digital Media BFA Class of 2020! On view February- April 2020. A reception will be hosted Friday, March 6th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Always free and open to the public.

About the group exhibition:

Photographers often work in series, telling a story through multiple images. Diptychs, which pair two images together, ask us to consider both images as part of the same work. Diptychs can present slight variations on theme, look at the same thing from different perspectives or juxtapose drastically different images. The images in this exhibition, all created by the Photography and Digital Media BFA senior class, encourage us to ask: How do the two images change the meaning of each other, making the sum greater than its parts? Do the images complete each other or challenge each other?


This exhibition is organized by UHPDM Associate Professor Keliy Anderson-Staley in collaboration with the SPE 2020 Vision Conference.

Go on a Blind Date with a Book at the ADA Library!


Spring 2020 Pop-Up Schedule

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library & Blaffer Art Museum proudly announces their new pop-up schedule this spring! Now in multiple locations.

The pop-up library program began in 2018 to introduce students to two-on campus resources that never knew existed. Each pop-up consists of curated art books available for check-out, museum catalogs for sale, and fun engaging activities.


FRIDAY-02/07: 10AM-12PM @Blaffer’s Café

(Find our table at FIRST FRIDAY STUDIO SESSIONS, participate in art making activities, hands-on workshop on archival film, go on a free tour, snack, and the first 14 couples that show up will receive a free Valentine’s Day’s mystery bag.)

WEDNESDAY-02/12: 10AM-12PM @Fine Arts Building/ 3rd Floor

(Play “Blind Date with a Book”, snack, and enter for a chance to win a raffle prize.)

THURSDAY-02/27: 2PM-5PM @Fine Arts Building/ 4th Floor  

(Spin the wheel, win prizes, snack, and browse our fine collection of art books, supplies & catalogs.)

FRIDAY-03/06: 10AM-12PM @Blaffer’s Café

(Find our table at FIRST FRIDAY STUDIO SESSIONS, participate in art making activities, go on a free tour, snack, and browse through a selection of art books & catalogs.)

THURSDAY-03/19: 12PM-2PM @M.D. Anderson Library/ Outside Front Doors

(“First Day of Spring” activities, snack, and browse through a selection of fine art books & catalogs.)

THURSDAY-04/02: 4PM-6PM @Fine Arts Courtyard/RED BLOCK BASH 

(Find our table at RED BLOCK BASH art festival, free food, art making activities, tours, entertainment, games, raffle & prizes.)

FRIDAY-04/03: 10AM-12PM @Blaffer’s Café

(Find our table at FIRST FRIDAY STUDIO SESSIONS, participate in art making activities, go on a free tour, snack, and browse through a selection of art books & catalogs.)

THURSDAY-04/23: 12PM-2PM @Cullen Family Plaza Fountain & Reflection Pool

(“National Picnic Day” activities, snack, relax, and browse through a selection of fine art books & catalogs.)

FRIDAY-05/01: 10AM-12PM @Blaffer’s Café

(Find our table at FIRST FRIDAY STUDIO SESSIONS, participate in art making activities, go on a free tour, snack, relax, and browse through a selection of art books & catalogs.)

New Rare Exhibits On View

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

Welcome to the roaring twenties! Visitors at the Architecture, Design, and Art Library will be able to view two new rare books exhibits featuring several works relevant to the 1920’s in celebration of the new decade!

On the first floor south wing exhibit case there are selections from our Franzheim Rare Books Room that contain key components of the development in modernist architecture, art and design. The books on display include a copy of Corbusier’s The Modular and an issue of Derrier Le Mirroir featuring a Kandinsky cover.

On the upper mezzanine display case visitors may find illustrations of cheery dancing figures by the famous belle époque caricaturist, SEM, from the volume White Bottoms.

To view the rest of this—one of a kind portfolio, contact Catherine Essinger at for an appointment.

Student Art Exhibit Opening 02/13

General Announcements, Special Event or Display

Come Meet, Eat & Greet student artist Reema (Reema F. Yeager) during her reception at the Architecture, Design, and Art Library Feb 13th at 12pm. She will be talking about her new exhibit All Roads Lead to Home on view Feb-Apr 2020.

Reema was born in South Dakota, grew up in California, North Dakota, U.S.A and Damascus, Syria, and currently based in Houston, TX. In 2007 Reema received a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Houston in Interior Design, and has been a practicing designer for over ten years. Currently, Reema is a Masters of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Houston in Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms focusing on Transmedia Storytelling: the use of digital and analog mediums to tell narrative stories across platforms.


When: Thursday, Feb 13th, 2020

Time: 12pm

Venue: Architecture, Design, and Art Library located inside the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture & Design

Cost: Free to all UH students, faculty, and staff

Refreshments will be served


Phone: 713-743-2340

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Books & Bites with Donna Kacmar

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

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library welcomes you on Friday, February 7th for a discussion for architects & designers.

Donna Kacmar will give a presentation about her experience researching, writing, and publishing Victor Lundy: Artist Architect. 

There will also be an array of selected material from the Kenneth Franzheim II Rare Books Room, Architectural Archives, and general collection.

Everyone who is interested in learning about researching & publishing are welcome to attend. The doors will open at 5pm with light refreshments and at 5:30 Donna’s presentation will follow.

New Holiday Hours

General Announcements


Monday 11/25: 8am-8pm

Tuesday 11/26: 8am-8pm

Wednesday 11/27: 8am-5pm

Thursday 11/28: Closed

Friday 11/29:  Closed

Saturday 11/30: Closed

Sunday 11/31: Closed


Winter Intersession

December 12th- January 12th

Monday-Friday : 8am-5pm

Saturday & Sunday : Closed

Winter Break/ Library Closes

December 23th- January 1st : Closed

January 13th: Back to school/ Regular hours resume

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