11 Library Things For the Fall Semester

The fall semester is here and the libraries are here to help you get through the semester.

1. Longer Hours

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Beginning this Fall, the library will close at 1:45 a.m., Sunday-Thursday!  Come early and stay late for a late-night cram session or to perfect your research paper.  These new hours will begin on August 26, 2013.  For a complete listing of the library’s hours, please click here:  Hours: Fall 2013


2. Library Open House (there will be prizes!)


Wednesday, September 4th 9 am to 12 pm on the first floor in the Liaison’s Services department. Stop by the MD Anderson Library Open House to meet your subject librarian, learn about library services, and play library pong to win prizes!


3. Many study spaces for you to choose from

Silent and Quiet Zones


Carrels for individual silent study are offered in the Brown Wing, on floors 2-5, no key required. Other silent and quiet spaces are in the Blue wing 2-6 floors, Gold 3rd floor, and in the Basement.

Or study with friends


For groups of 3-6 people, keys for group study rooms  can be checked-out at the Service Desk on the library’s 1st floor.  Some group study rooms come equipped with a widescreen monitor so you can practice your presentations or work on a group multimedia project.  Additional information on the library’s many study spaces can be found here: Study Areas


4. 340 Computers


The Academic Research Center (ARC) and Learning Commons (LC) on the 1st floor boast over 340 computers, specialty and design software, study areas, an audio recording studio, and more!  Access to computers in these labs is provided via Cougarnet account.  If you need to retrieve your Cougarnet account and/or reset your password, you can do that here: Computer Account Management


5. Print all the things

Each semester that you are enrolled, you receive a print credit for 500 single-sided black & white pages, or 333 duplex black & white pages, at no additional cost!  This credit is available on your Cougar Card at the beginning of each semester.  You will need to bring your Cougar Card with you to the library to print.  Additional information about printing policies and procedures is available here: Print & Scan


6. Reserve your space

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The library has several group study rooms available for reserve. You must have at least 3 people to reserve these rooms. Some of the rooms have computers. Use your CougarNet information to login. Room Reservation System

All of the computers in the Learning Commons are available for reservation via the link below as well as at the Learning Commons front desk. Reservations may be made up to 1 week in advance and are in 2 hour increments. All you need is a CougarNet account to log in to the reservation website! Learning Commons Reservations



7. Break time! Leisure Reading

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Need to take a study break?  The newly upgraded Leisure Reading collection offers New York Times Bestsellers, popular fiction, magazines, and newspapers.  You can relax on the new couches and catch up on your favorites, or find a new one!  Many of the items in this collection are also available for check-out.  This collection is located on the 1st floor of the library. Browse the collection online.



8. New ADA Technology Room


The Hamill Foundation ADA Technology Room offers a number of assistive software and technologies.  The new suite, located on the library’s 1st floor, has 6 PCs with height-adjustable furniture, an Optelec Magnifier, Braille keyboard, and a Kurzweil scanner.  No key is required!  This equipment is first-come, first-serve.


9. Mango Languages: Online Language-Learning System

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We are pleased to announce that Mango Languages is now available for FREE to all UH students, staff and faculty.  Mango Languages is an online Language Learning System that can help you learn Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, German, and more!  You can access Mango Languages from the Database listings on the library homepage.  When you select the letter ‘M’, it is the first Database listed. Mango Languages


10. Special Collections


Special Collections is on the second floor of the MD Anderson Library. We’re open to everyone – undergrads, graduate students, faculty, and the general public – Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm and Saturdays 12pm-4pm. You don’t need an appointment; just drop by anytime to view our rare books and archival collections. Be sure to check out our blog and Facebook page too! Still have questions about Special Collections? Check out our FAQ.

In October, Special Collections will unveil their new first floor exhibit: Collective Herstory, A Mosaic Masterpiece: Exploring the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive.

You can now browse Special Collections by subject area. These subject area pages pull together the finding aids, digital collections, and related materials into one location.


11. Filming in the Library

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You’re welcome to take photos or film in the library but you have to have permission from the library first. Also it is the libraries’ policy that individuals cannot be photographed without their permission. Find forms and policy information on the libraries website.


So remember… don’t panic

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Keep calm


And study on!

University of Houston


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