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University of Houston Libraries Statement in Support of Protests and Anti-Racist Practices


University of Houston Libraries stands in opposition to the racism and systemic injustices that shape the lives of Black people in the United States. Black lives matter. We grieve the death of George Floyd, who belonged to the Third Ward and Screwed Up Click communities that we have been honored to work with in building the UH Houston Hip Hop Research Collection. We grieve for Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others lost to racist and police-inflicted violence. We share in the sorrow and anger of our community and stand in solidarity with protests against police brutality. This statement affirms our commitment to equity, inclusion, diversity, and anti-racist practices and our pledge to use our skills and resources to advance the sharing and production of knowledge for racial justice.

HathiTrust expanding access temporarily to full text.


Some Good News… 

Due to COVID19 and the unavailability of print collections to users, HathiTrust is expanding access temporarily to full text! 

HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust offers reading access (to the fullest extent allowable by U.S. copyright law), computational access to the largest set of digitized books managed by academic and research libraries. 

HathiTrust has matched the University of Houston print holdings to HathiTrust holdings, and for every match it finds, it will allow full text access to those UH titles.  Based on this matching, they report that we will now have full text access to almost 48% of our print collection.   

Current UH faculty, students and staff will need to login to HathiTrustchoose the University of Houston from the dropdown menu, then use their Cougarnet credentials to access materials 


Specifically, the University of Houston will have: 

  • Reading access to the book online, within a web browser.  
  • Ability to “check out” a copy for a limited period of time (1 hour)Access will renew automatically at the end of that hour, unless another user requests the book after that hour is over.  


If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out at 

For UH Libraries COVID-19 updates please visit: 

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Take Good Care and Happy Reading! 

Madelyn Shackelford Washington, Coordinator of the Music Library. 

Remote Services Available

Planned Down Time


During the period of the stay at home order, the M. D. Anderson Library will be closed.  The main library will close as scheduled at 10:45pm Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and will not reopen until further notice.  The three subject libraries (Music, Health Sciences, and Art, Design, and Architecture) are closed and will not reopen until further notice.


The Libraries’ Covid-19 webpage has been updated to reflect closing of the physical spaces.  It also provides information on the full range of virtual services that continue to be available.  The page will be updated continuously.



  • Reference and research consultations 
  • Instruction 
  • Scan and email requested book chapters from available Course Reserves 
  • Purchase Materials (it is likely that we will only be able to make electronic materials available)



The Music Library’s general email address ( will be monitored from 8am–5pm, MondayFriday. Emails sent to this address are forwarded to all three full-time staff.   


To contact any full-time staff member of the Music Library directly please visit: 


To ask a question, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, and click “Ask Us” 

Music Library provides remote services during building closure

Planned Down Time

Moving forward…

I hope this message finds you in high spirits and good health.  

As the COVID-19 pandemic poses unprecedented personal and institutional challenges, I wanted you to let you know that effective 5pm on Friday, March 20, the Music Library will close until further notice and provide services remotely.  

Please lean on us for questions about access to electronic resources, instruction requests, research consultations, literature search assistance, and more!  You may contact us directly, or by using the department email,

We look forward to serving the faculty, students and staff of the University of Houston during this time of transition.

Take Good Care,

Madelyn Shackelford Washington, Coordinator of the Music Library



Happy New Year!

Special Event or Display

Welcome back Coogs!

While you are in the music library, please check out our Texas folk music display. We wish you a successful Spring 2020 semester!

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