Colleges and Schools
The University of Houston libraries include
- the M.D. Anderson Library
(the main library),
- the William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library,
- the O'Quinn Law Center Library,
- the Music Library,
- the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library,
- and the Pharmacy Library.
These libraries constitute a premier research facility with collections
of more than 2,000,000 volumes, 15,000 journal and other serial subscriptions,
as well as large quantities of microforms, manuscripts, maps, and other
The M.D. Anderson Library is open more than 100 hours a week.
Reference service, available more than 70 hours a week, provides users
with assistance in locating information and resources. Subject librarians
in all major disciplines offer 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 200 networked databases. These databases
contain the full text of millions of articles, indexes to help users identify
articles and reports, statistics, directories, and many other types of
information. Most of the databases are available to UH students from their
homes or offices. A wireless network within the M.D. Anderson Library
provides access to the Internet and online library resources. Students
may use their own laptop or borrow a wireless-enabled laptop to use within
the library building.
Many introductory library classes and tours of the M.D. Anderson
Library are offered each semester, and printed guides are available to
assist library users in conducting research. Other 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. Quiet study areas are available for approximately
800 students and private study rooms are reserved for small groups.
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 of
- the London Times,
- the New York Times,
- the Houston Post and Chronicle,
- plus substantial runs of other significant national papers.
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 rare books, the University
Archives, the Women's Archives Research Center, manuscripts
of several American authors, including Larry McMurtry, Beverly Lowry,
and Fritz Leiber, and substantial collections of rare and historical works,
especially in Texas history.
An online 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 online catalog may be searched from
remote sites through the campus network or the Internet. University
of Houston students may borrow materials from all University of Houston
In addition to this large size and scope, the university libraries
extends its collection by participating in a number of resource sharing
networks. On the state level, the university's membership in the TexShare
cooperative program provides access to some of the most popular 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 borrow 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. Online access to the
cataloging records of more than 32 million items in 30,000 libraries worldwide
is also available. Students may borrow materials from other research libraries
in the United States and abroad through the Interlibrary loan program.
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,
- and 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 staff of the libraries welcomes inquiries concerning library programs,
resources, and services.
M. D. Anderson Library
Dean of the Libraries: Dana Rooks
Librarians: L. Patricia Bozeman, Judy Myers
Senior Associate Librarians: Charles W. Bailey, Jr., Evelyn
Brass, John E. "Jeff" Fadell, Richard Guajardo, John D. Hall,
Keiko Horton, Lawrence R. Keating II, Barbara Kemp, John Lehner, Carolyn
Meanley, Derral Parkin, Laura M. Snyder, Robert C. Spragg, Audrey Taylor,
Linda Thompson, Mary Beth Thomson
Associate Librarians: Jeffrey Bullington, Damon Camile, Jill
Emery, Clara Fowler
Assistant Librarians: Andrew Darby, Richard Dickerson, Julie
Grob, Diane Gwamanda, Judith Harris, Laura Koltutsky, Nancy Linden,
Anne Mitchell, Ericka Patillo, Sara Ranger, J. Michael Thompson, Robert
William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library
Head: Margaret Culbertson
O'Quinn Law Library
Acting Director: Michelle Wu
Senior Associate Librarians: Rod Borlase, L. Virginia Davis,
Chenglin Liu, Harriet Richman, Marek B.C.M. Waterstone
Associate Librarian: Peter Engler
Assistant Librarian: Maryellen O'Brien
School of Music Library
Head: Ericka Patillo
Assistant Librarian: Tammy Ravas
Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library
Director: Suzanne Ferimer
College of Pharmacy Library
Head: Robert Wright
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