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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.

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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How to access the Architecture, Design, and Art Library collection


While the College of Architecture and Design building, which houses the Architecture, Design, and Art Library, remains closed, the library staff will distribute physical library materials to University of Houston students and employees by mail and scanned library materials by email.  UH patrons may contact to request materials from the collection.  Patrons not affiliated with the University of Houston should request materials from their home institution or public library.



Due dates for Architecture, Design, and Art Library materials have changed

The College of Architecture and Design building, which houses the Architecture, Design, and Art Library, is closed to the public out of concern for the safety of its students and employees.
All due dates for the library materials on loan have been changed until 8/31.  Patrons will not be charged late fees.  Students who have checked out library materials will not be kept from graduating, nor will they be kept from registering for classes in the fall.
Library materials may be returned to the book drop in front the M.D. Anderson Library.

How to return library materials during campus closure


All books borrowed from the Architecture, Art, and Design Library, as well as other central campus libraries have been renewed until the end of the summer semester.  You can log into your account to check due dates.  Click on the My Account link in the upper right hand of the website.  If you find any of your books are overdue, email the library staff at to request a renewal.

You may return library materials by mail at:

UH Libraries
ATTN:  IAS dept.
4333 University Drive
Houston, TX  77204-2000

You may also place library materials in the book drop between the Student Center and the M.D. Anderson Library  on University Drive.

Architecture, Design, and Art Library provides remote services during building closure


The College of Architecture and Design Building is now closed to students and visitors, so the Architecture, Design, and Art Library will provide services remotely until the building reopens.

All library materials loaned to students, adjunct faculty members, and external borrowers have already been renewed through 5/31. All library materials loaned to full-time faculty members will be automatically renewed in April, as usual

Materials may be returned to the  drop box located in front of the M.D. Anderson Library.


Our primary video streaming service, Kanopy, is currently slow because of its unusually high usage, but they are working to restore service. We also have other platforms that stream video. Academic Video Online, AVON, and Credo’s Complete Core Collection may have content you can use. See list at

Content in electronic databases (articles, maps, materials, reference materials) are available via links on the library website.


The library staff will continue to provide reference and research consultations via email or phone. You may contact them directly, or by using the department email,

Online research guides are available at  Search for these guides:
• Architecture resources
• Art resources
• Industrial design
• Online information literacy lessons
• Research instruction videos

Please know that we are already working with a smaller than usual staff. We can only provide scanning and consultation services between 8-5 on weekdays, at this time.

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


It’s spooky time at the Architecture, Design & Art Library!


Halloween-Mystery Book Display🎃

Come and see our spooktacular Halloween Book Display. We picked out our spookiest books, now available for check-out! No peeking, just have fun unwrapping a scary book. Do you dare to pick one up ’cause they’re cursed!

When: Month of October

Where: Architecture, Design and Art Library (inside the College of Architecture, and Design)

Open to all UH students, faculty, and staff!

Halloween Mystery Book Pop-Up + Friday Studio Sessions🎃

Come check-out our spooky pop-up & book sale table in collaboration with Blaffer’s First Friday Studio Sessions. There will be ongoing activities such as museum tours and art making. Light refreshments will be served

When: 10/04

Where: Blaffer Art Museum’s Cafe (inside the School of Art)

Time: 10-12pm

Free Event

Open to UH students, faculty, and staff!

Halloween Mystery Book-Pop-Up + Red Block Bash🎃

Come celebrate with us all the interdisciplinary arts! There will be special spooky pop-up library & book sale in collaboration with Blaffer Art Museum Student Association. There will also be art making, music, poetry, free food, and giveaways!

When: 10/10

Where: Fine Arts Courtyard (inside the School of Art)

Time: 4-6pm

Free Event

Open to UH students, faculty, and staff!

Our Annual Halloween Library Scavenger Hunt🎃

Easy rules, hunt for clues, complete the phrase, and win a reward! It’s more fun when you bring your friends!

Hungry for more sweet treats? Jump on to the Halloween Bingo Night at Blaffer Art Museum for more.

***Participants who attend both events have a chance to win our final prize drawing. (Collect both stamps and submit your card to Blaffer’s Front Desk.)***

When: 10/31

Where: Architecture, Design, and Art Library (inside the College of Architecture, and Design)

Time: 1-3pm

Free Event:

Open to all UH students

Halloween Bingo Night🎃

Come play bingo with us at Blaffer Art Museum this Halloween along with other fun activities! Winners will receive a sweet reward! Costumes are welcome, so bring your friends!

**If you attended the scavenger hunt, collect the last stamps to enter our final prize drawing (submit your stamp card to Blaffer’s Front Desk)**

When: 10/31

Where: Blaffer Art Museum’s Cafe (inside the School of Art)

Time: 5-8pm

Free Event

Open to all UH students, faculty, and staff!

Pop-Up Library Fall Schedule


Join us every first Friday of the month during First Friday Studio Sessions at Blaffer Art Museum. Our pop-up library & book sale will just be one of many exciting activities, so come check it out! Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

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