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2022 Library Excellence Awards


2022 Library Excellence Awards

University of Houston Libraries celebrated its high-performing employees at an awards ceremony this week. The Library Excellence Awards, now in its 22nd year, recognizes librarians and staff who achieve meritorious work goals and embody organizational values of collaboration, empathy, and creativity. Dean of Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair Athena N. Jackson opened the Moon Day-themed event, held in-person at the MD Anderson Library Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion and via Zoom, with praise for all Libraries’ employees and their agility during the intentional restructure of the Libraries to better align with the University’s mission and vision.

This year’s John P. McGovern Outstanding Student award recipient is Ricardo Jimenez Montoya, a doctoral student at the Moores School of Music. Montoya’s positive attitude has made a strong impression on colleagues at the Music Library and fellow students engaged in music performance, scholarship and beyond. As a way to increase the audience for Music Library social media content, Montoya created reviews and recommendations for digital display in both English and Spanish. As a violin player in the Mariachi Pumas and instructor at the Suzuki Academy of Music, Montoya is an in-demand practitioner-educator.

Eric Larsen is the McGovern Staff Rookie of the Year. Larsen is excellent at assisting music library patrons  with using databases and other library resources, teaching methods of conducting research in a library, and leading library staff to complete special projects. After the pandemic changed the nature of the workplace, Larsen seized the opportunity to pivot by providing a high-level of customer service in a hybrid-flexible environment.

Come by the music library to congratulate Eric & Ricardo on their tremendous accomplishments!

Remote Services Available


The Music Library physical space will be closed

Friday, September 11, 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, September 14th.

Take Good Care.

Music Library Beta Space Available for Group Study!


UH Music Library Beta-Space

What is the Beta-Space Study Room?

The Music Library Beta Space Study Room is located in the Music Library in the Moores School of Music Building on the second floor. The room provides a multi-purpose study space geared towards performing arts students based on the Beta space model. A Beta Space is similar to a Makerspace, but with more emphasis on creativity and inspiration.

The Beta Space Study Room is a flexible learning environment with a large TV screen and speakers, whiteboard, piano keyboard, recording microphone, and creative tools. Students of ALL majors are encouraged to use the Beta Space Study Room!


Groups of 2-8 students may use the room for up to 2 hours. If you would like to make a reservation, please visit our website here.
For more pictures of the Beta Space Study Room, click here.


Celebrate Texas Music Month…


…by remembering the Alamo!

October is Texas Music Month


It’s official!  Here’s music from Houston bluesman Sam “Lightning” Hopkins to celebrate.

Early Music Online from the British Library


This collection holds digitized images of some of the world’s oldest surviving volumes of printed music.

Early Music Online is the result of a pilot project in which more than 300 volumes of 16th-century music from the British Library were digitized from microfilm.

Celebrating Franz Liszt


The Music Division of the Library of Congress has released a new web page to commemorate the bicentennial of Franz Liszt’s birth.  The site features an introductory article and a biographical sketch, selected Liszt manuscripts, Liszt-related source materials and descriptions of Liszt resources in the Library’s collections.

Can’t find a score you need in the Music Library?


Use Interlibrary Loan to request items from other libraries.  Set up an account and you’ll be able to request scores, books, recordings, articles, and more – for free.

Oxford History of Western Music Online


Access all six volumes from the comfort of your office or home.

Reset your Cougarnet password


Visit to reset your Cougarnet password. You will need Cougarnet to log into the Music Library’s computers and to access electronic resources like Naxos, Grove Online, Music Online, etc. from off-campus.

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