COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updates and resources during the global outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

University of Houston main COVID-19 updates page

Returning and delivering items

Due dates have been extended for items borrowed by students. Most items are now due either May 31 or June 1. Please contact us for questions.

Deliveries to other branches and faculty deliveries are suspended until further notice.

Status of physical spaces and locations

MD Anderson Library

MD Anderson Library (including the 24-Hour Lounge) is closed until further notice. Library services are being provided remotely at this time.

Contact us for assistance.

Health Sciences Library

The Health Sciences Library space is closed until further notice. Most services are still available, as detailed in this announcement. Please check the HSL blog for updates.

William R. Jenkins Architecture, Art, and Design Library

The College of Architecture and Design building is now closed to students and visitors. Library services are being provided remotely until further notice. More information can be found in this announcement. Please follow the blog for updates.

Music Library

The Music Library is closed until further notice. Services are being provided remotely.

Special Collections

Special Collections is closed until further notice, but staff remain available to support teaching, learning, and research activities. Please contact our librarians and archivists or inquire here.

Access library materials

Most UH databases and journals are available anywhere that has an internet connection, including your home. You will be prompted to log in via CougarNet if off-campus.

If you use Google Scholar, set up Library Links or use Google Scholar on our website so that you have access to resources off-campus.

Streaming media is available for your classes. Services may experience high demand.

Working with librarians

Subject and research support librarians are working remotely. We are available to support students and faculty with:

Research videos, online lessons, and guides are available online.

Contact your subject librarian or Kerry Creelman for direct assistance.

Print book purchases

We are unable to purchase and receive print materials due to the closure of MD Anderson Library and campus mail services.

Where possible and desired, we will request the electronic version instead.  Where that is not possible, requests for print materials will be held until further notice.

Request a purchase

Interlibrary loan and document delivery

Our electronic request services are currently available. Print request services are not available.

Where possible, ILL will attempt to obtain electronic copies of materials requested in a physical format.  We are also available for consultations if questions about requesting materials arise.


Returning ILL materials

We have turned off ILL overdue notices for all patrons and libraries as of March 16, 2020.  All materials now out will be due April 30, 2020 (this will be extended as needed).


The University Libraries remains in regular contact with campus officials and will continue to provide updates to our patrons when warranted. The following communications have been shared, beginning with the most recent: