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A community nurtured by curiosity and creativity that drives lifelong learning and scholarship

UH Libraries accomplishes this vision through our values of

  • Partnerships & Collaborations
  • Excellence in Collections
  • Curiosity & Experimentation
  • Communication
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Continual Improvement
  • Excellence in Service & Staff

Every great city deserves a great university, and at every university’s core is a great library

Great university libraries influence our lives and impact our future. In a diverse urban city, like Houston, every person’s potential can be elevated simply by having a leading public university library embedded in the community.

Our philanthropic initiatives under our Strategic Priorities:

Transform UH Library Spaces to Reflect Evolving Modes of Learning & Scholarship

Position UH Libraries as a Leader in Student Success

Position UH Libraries as a Leader in Research Productivity

  • Digitizing our Special Collections
  • Digital Research Commons

Assure the Quality and Relevance of Collections for our Campus and Global Communities

Core Special Collections

Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collection

The mission of the Carey Shuart Women’s Research Collecetion is to gather, organize, and promote materials that tell the story of the many unique, talented, and leading women, and women’s organizations, which have shaped our city, our state, and our country. Read more (PDF)

Energy & Sustainability Research Collection

The mission of the Energy & Sustainability Research Collection is to acquire and promote materials representing the entire energy spectrum; the history, people, development, distribution, exploration, and consumption of resources that fuel human activity. Read more (PDF)

Hispanic Research Collection

The mission of the Hispanic Research Collection is to document Houston’s Mexican American and Latina/o culture, providing a launching pad for scholarship on immigration, identity, borderlands, artistic expression, language, and human rights. Read more (PDF)

Houston Hip Hop Research Collection

The mission of the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection is to preserve Houston’s unique hip hop music and culture, provide a launching pad for scholarship, and offer abundant and compelling resources that engage and empower our community. Read more (PDF)

Houston & Texas History Research Collection

The mission of the Houston & Texas History Research Collection is to highlight the elements that have made Texas and Houston important to our nation and the world, while documenting its role in shaping our future. Read more (PDF)

LGBT Research Collection

The mission of the LGBT Research Collection is to gather, organize, and promote materials representing the people and organizations that shaped the LGBT movement across the country and in the region, to memorialize members of the community who were lost, to give voice to history, and to spark new ideas. Read more (PDF)

Performing & Visual Arts Research Collection

The mission of the Performing & Visual Arts Research Collection is to foster high-impact scholarship and offer abundant and compelling resources that engage and empower the arts community. Read more (PDF)

Rare Books Collections

Our mission is to provide superior collections of rare books that support student success and faculty teaching by serving as tools for hands-on discover, original research, and the development of critical thinking skills in a learning laboratory environment. Read more (PDF)

University of Houston Archives

The University of Houston Archives documents the intellectual, cultural, and organizational history of the University since its founding in 1927.

Empowering Others & Transforming Lives

By embarking on truly transformative endeavors that will change the very nature of libraries through thoughtful philanthropic support, your gifts become agents of change. They shepherd the community, embracing knowledge, serving as accelerators of ideas, and engines of creativity.

Whether you begin your journey of support with an annual fund gift, an honor or memorial gift, by “planting” an acorn endowment, by adding items to a Special Collection’s Archive and then making a gift to grow that collection, or by being a leader whose gifts make major strides forward, your gifts are always transformative.

In the end, I believe you will easily recognize the power your gifts to UH Libraries create, and that you will share in the inspirational joy, sense of legacy in place and time, and the widely beneficial outcomes, of your philanthropy.

Lisa A. German
Dean, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair

The Information Powerhouse

Serving as a knowledge resource to the public, the University of Houston’s mission involves building partnerships across UH, and with other educational institutions, community organizations, government agencies, and the private sector to serve the region and impact the world.

As a center for knowledge, UH Libraries’ role has increased in scope to include mentoring students about the best methods to synthesize information and present new ideas in ways that are both compelling and comprehensible.

The quality and capacity of Houston to thrive rests squarely on UH Libraries’ ability to achieve an ambitious vision that serves our city and its people, fostering a community well positioned to make a positive impact on our future.

The Transformative Power of Philanthropy

All great cultural and learning institutions, libraries included, succeed because donors know that their funding is deeply valued, transformative, and critical to community success.

We are introducing new spaces and resources that serve to inspire lifelong learning in UH students and faculty, to educate and inform everyone in the greater Houston region.

Read our Foundational Gifts Guide to learn more about how to contribute.

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