The University of Houston Libraries Rare Books Collections are built largely on gifts from individuals, whether they be single books, treasured collections built over years, or endowments intended to build and expand collections. Books are accepted into Special Collections based on their rarity, significance for research, and condition.
As part of the Rare Books Collections, books support student success by serving as tools for hands-on discovery, original research, and the development of critical thinking skills. Books are also displayed in physical and online exhibitions to bring delight and knowledge to the campus community and the general public. Books expand our world, preserve our shared history and culture, and inspire new discoveries by scholars and in the classroom.
All donors of books will have a bookplate acknowledging their gift laid in each item. Donors of large collections will also have their names listed in the online catalog record for each item in the collection.
To learn more about donating to the Rare Books Collections in Special Collections, please contact curator Julie Grob at 713.743.9744.