The University of Houston libraries include:
- the M. D. Anderson Library (the main library)
- the Architecture and Art Library
- the O'Quinn Law Center Library
- the Music Library
- the Optometry Library
- the Pharmacy Library
These libraries' collections contain more than 2,000,000 volumes, 3,700,000
microform units, 15,000 journal and other serial subscriptions, as well
as large quantities of manuscripts, maps, and other library materials.
The M. D. Anderson Library contains a balanced collection with particular
strengths in science, engineering, education, psychology, and business.
The library is a depository for both United States and Texas state documents.
Extensive holdings of newspapers on microfilm include complete files
plus substantial runs of other significant national papers.
- the London Times
- the New York Times
- the Houston Post and Chronicle
Several large sets of research materials are available on microform,
such as the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) research reports
in education, company 10-K and annual reports, and the papers of a number
of United States presidents.
The Special Collections and Archives department of the library
houses the University Archives, along with manuscripts of several American
authors, including Larry McMurtry, Beverly Lowry, and Fritz Leiber, and
substantial collections of rare and historical works, especially in Texas
The M. D. Anderson Library is open more than 100 hours a week.
Reference service is available more than 70 hours a week to provide users
with assistance in locating information and resources.Subject librarians
in all major disciplines provide specialized reference and research assistance,
lecture regularly to classes, and develop the library collections in their
In the Electronic Publications Center on the first floor, faculty
and students can use over 100 networked and several hundred non-networked
information databases. Some of the databases contain references to
articles or reports, while other databases contain statistical data, directory
information, or complete texts of articles. The full text of more than
7,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers are available via the libraries'
databases. Most of the databases are available from UH computers and computer
accounts outside the library building.
The UH Libraries' Home Page provides access to World Wide Web resources.
A series of introductory library classes and tours is offered each semester,
and printed guides are available to assist library users in conducting
Other user services include a staffed area in which 8,000 current
periodicals are displayed, inexpensive photocopying and word processing
facilities, and an automated book check-out system. Seating is available
for approximately 800 readers. More than 40 faculty and 400 individual
study carrels are assigned to library users.
An on-line library catalog provides information about the collections
of the University of Houston libraries as well as those of the UH Law
Library, the UH-Downtown Library, and the UH-CLear Lake
Library. The on-line catalog may be searched from remote sites
through the campus network or the Internet. Reciprocal borrowing agreements
have been implemented among all University of Houston System institutions.
Despite this large size and scope, the university libraries cannot meet
all the research and information needs of the campus community. To extend
services, the libraries participate in a number of resource-sharing networks.
On the state level, the university's membership in the TexShare cooperative
program provides access to selected databases. Traditional collections
of books and journals are available through the TexShare library card
program. This allows students, faculty and staff of the university
to check out items at over 130 libraries statewide. At a national and
international level, the university's membership in the Center for Research
Libraries provides shared ownership of more than three million research
materials. On-line computer access to the cataloging records of more than
32 million items in 30,000 libraries worldwide is also available. Interlibrary
loan provides access to these materials in other research libraries in
the United States and abroad.
Locally, the Houston Area Research Libraries Consortium (HARLiC)
functions as a cooperative network by sharing research materials and services,
acquiring research materials, and building a shared awareness of available
resources and services.
The HARLiC member libraries are:
- Rice University
- The Texas Medical Center
- Texas Southern University
- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- Houston Public Library
- Prairie View A&M
- Texas A&M University
- The University of Houston.
In cooperation with the Houston Public Library, all university libraries
are affiliated with the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, which
houses a large collection of manuscripts, archives, and photographs pertaining
to the city of Houston.
The staffs of the libraries welcome inquiries concerning library programs,
resources, and services.
M. D. Anderson Library
Dean of the Libraries: Dana Rooks
Librarians: L. Patricia Bozeman, Margaret Culbertson, Judy
Senior Associate Librarians: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Evelyn
Brass, John E. "Jeff" Fadell, Suzanne Ferimer, Richard Guajardo, John
D. Hall, Keiko Horton, Lawrence R. Keating II, Barbara Kemp, Carolyn
Meanley, Darral Parkin, Audrey Taylor, Linda Thompson, Mary Beth Thomson,
Associate Librarians: John Lehner, Laura M. Snyder, Robert
Assistant Librarians: Julie Grob, Diane Gwamanda, Amy L. Huff,
Maryhelen Jones, Anne Mitchell, Ericka Patillo, Darby Syrkin, J.Michael
William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library
Head: Maraget Culbertson
O'Quinn Law Library
Director: Jon Schulz
Senior Associate Librarians: Rod Borlase, L. Virginia Davis,
Gary R. Hartman, Richard Guajardo, Marek B.C.M. Waterstone
Associate Librarian: Tim Mulligan
School of Music Library
Acting Head: Ericka Patillo
College of Optometry Library
Director: Suzanne Ferimer
College of Pharmacy Library
Head: Derral Parkin
Files Archived: February 5, 2003
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