Visiting Special Collections

Hours and location

Reading Room hours for the general public

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Special Collections is located on the second floor of MD Anderson Library.

Our address
UH Libraries Special Collections
4333 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204-2000

Phone number
Special Collections Service Desk
713-743-9750

Maps & Directions
UH Parking

Reading Room policies

  • All visitors using archival materials must complete and sign a Patron Registration Form. A valid photo ID is required
  • Computers are welcome in the Reading Room, and electrical outlets and wi-fi are available
  • Cameras are welcome in the Reading Room for the creation of images for private study and research only
  • Lockers are available in our foyer area for visitors at no charge
  • Only pencils may be used in the Reading Room. The staff can provide a pencil
  • No books or notebooks are allowed except for those that are necessary for research
  • The following must be stored in a locker:
    • Purses and bags
    • Camera and computer bags
    • Coats and jackets not being worn
  • No food or drink is allowed in the Reading Room

Out of town visitors

The closest airport to the University is Hobby Airport, which is located less than 10 miles south of campus. Hobby is served by 6 passenger airlines — AirTran, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue and Southwest. Houston’s larger airport, George Bush Intercontinental, is located approximately 25 miles north of campus.

The Hilton University of Houston hotel is located on campus. This full-service teaching hotel is conveniently located near the library, the University Center, and the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

Request materials in advance

We are happy to pull materials and have them ready upon your arrival. Please contact the appropriate librarian to make arrangements.

Collecting Area Contact
Architecture & Planning Vince Lee
velee@uh.edu
713-743-9753
Contemporary Literature Christian Kelleher
cdkelleh@uh.edu
713-743-0346
Energy & Sustainability Christian Kelleher
cdkelleh@uh.edu
713-743-0346
Hispanic Collections Elizabeth Cruces
ecruces@uh.edu
713-743-9903
Houston & Texas History Vince Lee
velee@uh.edu
713-743-9753
Houston Hip Hop Julie Grob
jgrob@uh.edu
713-743-9744
Houston History Archives Christian Kelleher
cdkelleh@uh.edu
713-743-0346
KUHT Collection Emily Vinson
evinson@uh.edu
713-743-7696
LGBT History Vince Lee
velee@uh.edu
713-743-9753
Performing & Visual Arts Mary Manning
mmmanning@uh.edu
713-743-5893
Rare Books Julie Grob
jgrob@uh.edu
713-743-9744
University Archives Mary Manning
mmmanning@uh.edu
713-743-5893
USS Houston & Military History Christian Kelleher
cdkelleh@uh.edu
713-743-0346
Women’s Collection Vince Lee
velee@uh.edu
713-743-9753