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Change to HathiTrust full text access as of February 12


Change to HathiTrust full text access as of February 12


When UH Libraries closed and we were unable to circulate physical books and other materials due to COVID-19, HathiTrust, in response to the emergency, created an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). ETAS made our print titles that are in digital format via HathiTrust available to faculty, staff and students.


As we have resumed providing access to the print collection, the conditions for the fair use of digital copies of these materials end and so does our access to this service.  (Titles that have been appearing in HathiTrust as “Temporary Access,” will revert back to having the label “Limited (search only).”)


You may continue to access HathiTrust items in the public domain or available through Creative Commons licensing. These titles are marked “Full view” in the online catalog at Because University of Houston Libraries is a HathiTrust member, you may log in to HathiTrust using your institutional login and password and download full PDFs of those items. 


Please see UH Library’s COVID-19 updates regarding visiting  us or requesting print materials.  

Should you have any questions, please contact

UH Special Collections Receives ‘Prince of Players’ Gift from Grandfather of American Opera, Carlisle Floyd


University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce a gift from opera composer Carlisle Floyd to UH Special Collections.

The former Moores School of Music professor’s gift of the Prince of Players score and accompanying materials coincides with two 2021 Grammy nominations for Best Opera Recording and Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Floyd debuted Prince of Players at Houston Grand Opera in 2016.

Mary Manning, archivist for the Performing and Visual Arts Research Collection, said the materials, including opera piano, vocal, and full scores, original character background, libretto, arias, and programs, will be added to the Carlisle Floyd Manuscript Scores collection donated in 1999. Other scores in the collection include Bilby’s Doll, 1976; Of Mice and Men: An Opera in Three Acts, Libretto and Music, 1968; Wuthering Heights: A Musical Drama in Prologue and Three Acts, 1958; The Martyr, for Chorus, 2 Trumpets, Timpani, and Piano, undated; The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair, 1963; and Soul of Heaven: Reflections on Music, 1992.

“The Prince of Players archives capture Floyd’s creative process and document the steps involved in making the opera—from early notes recording the birth of the idea to multiple versions of the score (handwritten and printed) to costume sketches and stage designs,” Manning said.

“This generous gift will be invaluable to scholars conducting research on contemporary American Opera and practitioners seeking to hone their craft in opera audio engineering and production,” said Madelyn Shackelford Washington, coordinator of the UH Music Library.

Remote Services Available


The Music Library physical space will be closed

Friday, October 9, 2020.

We will continue offering remote services during our operating hours

(8am to 5pm).

For immediate assistance, please send a message via Facebook, Microsoft Teams, or by sending a message to

We look forward to seeing you in the library on Monday, October 12th.

Take Good Care.

Remote Services Available


The Music Library physical space will be closed

Tuesday & Wednesday September 22-23, 2020.

We will continue offering remote services during our operating hours (8am to 5pm).

For immediate assistance, please send a message via Facebook, Microsoft Teams, or by sending a message to

Stay safe and dry.

Get Out The Vote 2020


GOTV 2020

Election day is coming!

The Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts is launching the “Pick A Date, Take A Buddy” Campaign for the 2020 election. Visit the polls and bring a friend!

Please join us for the Get out the Vote, Fall 2020 Virtual Town Hall Meeting, Friday, September 18th at 4pm.

Click here to Join the Virtual Town Hall and learn more about the Get out the Vote initiative.



Re-Opening the Music Library

The Music Library will re-open, Monday, August 17 with the following hours:

Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

Curbside Pick-up hours 11:00am-1:00pm


The Music Library will ensure continued access to services and library collections, both physical and virtual, with consideration for the safety of library users and staff. The Music Library will employ sanitation, use of PPE, and quarantine of spaces and materials as appropriate.


 Services Provided:

Access to physical space with limited occupancy (55 patrons)

Computers available with limited seating.

Research support, consultations, instruction and course reserves offered digitally and physically.

Staff may page print collection materials, CDs, DVDs and reserve items for users to limit stacks access.

Scanning services

Mail delivery of Music Library general print materials, CDs and DVDs (subject to change) are available by arrangement.

For more on borrowing privileges, click here.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

University Archives: UH Students Respond to COVID-19


Call for Submissions

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections seeks stories and perspectives from UH students pertaining to the coronavirus outbreak.

It is important that the experiences of UH students during this challenging time are recorded and preserved in the University Archives. UH students are encouraged to share their stories and creative works — such as performing and visual arts, drawings, songs, monologues–of this unique moment in history for preservation and accessibility.

For more information and to submit stories, visit UH Students! Share Your Experience of the Coronavirus Outbreak.

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: 

For Music Library updates please  subscribe to the UH Music Library Blog: 


Take Good Care and Happy Reading! 

Madelyn Shackelford Washington, Coordinator of the Music Library. 

Remote Services Available

News, 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” 

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