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MD Anderson Library Collections and Space Project Begins

Last year, University of Houston Libraries initiated exploring new and effective ways to reposition the library setting in alignment with current infrastructure enhancements and strategic goals of the University. While ensuring we have critical resources both in print and electronic formats, we have begun an intentional, scaled approach to collections assessment and development, which will soon revitalize a large portion of the MD Anderson Library’s physical space for research, learning, and study.

Key Dates

October 16: Floors 7 and 8 of MD Anderson Library will be closed for an extended period to visitors and seating will be redistributed within the library. Books currently housed in these locations will be moved to off-site storage and will be available by request through interlibrary loan.

December 4: Users will be able to discover collections records in the catalog and request for check-out.

This activity signals the first phase of preparation toward building the Digital Humanities Core facility on floor 7 in partnership with the Division of Research, and complements the University’s anticipated innovation hub; while floor 8 will be cleared for new engagement spaces.

The collections and space project prioritizes critical needs of UH students, faculty, and the scholarly community. For libraries supporting R1 institutions (Carnegie-designated as the most research-intensive), the emphasis on circulating print resources has decreased, while preference for and usage of electronic resources has exponentially increased.

UH Libraries serves as a partner in curricular and scholarly activities, and this project enables a thoughtful and holistic study of the spaces and services offered to provide an enhanced experience of research and learning, alongside collaborative and scalable specialist knowledge.

The collections and space project will span several years and connects to the long-term vision of a reimagined library, where ideas converge, spaces inspire, and people connect.

How will this benefit UH students?

Students will continue to have access to all resources currently offered at UH Libraries during the stacks relocation. The stacks relocation will:

  • free significant library space earmarked for independent and group immersive study areas
  • facilitate direct experience with research activities taking place on campus via programming
  • prioritize tech capacities

How will students be able to access the collections?

For the October 16 – December 4 collections relocation period, students can request titles via interlibrary loan. After this period, users will be able to discover collections records in the catalog and request for check-out.

How will this impact UH faculty?

Stakeholder engagement will continue throughout the project as necessary to ensure we are offering effective and meaningful services and expertise.

The DH Core and engagement spaces support complex research partnerships and services already provided by UH Libraries via our commitment to the research and learning lifecycle. The new spaces will strengthen the Libraries’ capability to serve as the University’s center for intellectual readiness and provide more flexibility which can amplify scholarly productivity.

How will faculty be able to access the collections?

For the October 16 – December 4 collections relocation period, faculty can request titles via interlibrary loan. After this period, users will be able to discover collections records in the catalog and request for check-out.

How can faculty learn more?

Dean Athena Jackson will be available for any requests to present information and address questions at faculty meetings.


Contact collections@uh.edu with your questions.

$75K Gift to Support Research and Learning Spaces

University of Houston Libraries has received a gift of $75,000 from the John P. McGovern Foundation, designated for updates to research and learning spaces.

In its ongoing evaluation of critical infrastructure, spaces, and services for the campus community, UH Libraries identified opportunities for enhancements to high-impact areas in MD Anderson Library. The McGovern Foundation gift will allow UH Libraries to begin better alignment of research and learning spaces, including computing, study, and consultation areas, with the dynamic needs of students, faculty, and researchers. Upgrades, including furnishings, technology, and other resources, will reflect the research and learning lifecycle of the University and facilitate connection between scholarly and public communities.

Departments within UH Libraries were recently restructured to advance the University’s Strategic Plan. A new Libraries unit, Research and Student Engagement (RASE), comprises Information and Access Services, Research Services, and Teaching and Learning, three departments with high public engagement. The priorities of this unit are connected to the University’s initiatives toward student success, nationally competitive research, and social responsibility. Physical space improvements related to the services and resources of this unit will support the University’s key initiatives. “The generosity of the McGovern Foundation advances the Libraries’ innovative teaching and research practices, connecting UH students, faculty, and staff with the resources and expertise needed to be successful in the classroom, in scholarship, and beyond,” said Santi Thompson, associate dean of Research and Student Engagement.

“This generous gift from the McGovern Foundation allows us to enhance the core and collaborative services we offer to the UH community and complements campus-wide services in direct ways,” said Athena Jackson, dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. “UH Libraries remains focused on engaging and empowering those who visit our spaces and e-spaces, with the goal of inspiring knowledge-sharing partnerships among research and learning communities in the heart of the University.”

By on September 9th, 2022 in Announcements, Featured, Spaces

Featured Books: Pride Month

University of Houston Libraries invites visitors to explore our book display celebrating Pride Month, located in MD Anderson Library. Selections comprise a variety of nonfiction and fiction, with historical and contemporary perspectives.

A book display in MD Anderson Library highlights voices of LGBTQ communities..

A book display in MD Anderson Library highlights voices of LGBTQ communities.

Featured books include:

Alternate Channels: The Uncensored Story of Gay and Lesbian Images on Radio and Television, 1930s to the Present (2000), Steven Capsuto

After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation (2014), Carolyn D’Cruz and Mark Pendleton

Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in Organizations: Global Perspectives on LGBT Workforce Diversity (2016), Thomas Köllen

Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection Between Queer and Feminist Theory (2010), Mimi Marinucci

Not Straight, Not White: Black Gay Men from the March on Washington to the AIDS Crisis (2016), Kevin J. Mumford

More to Explore at UH Libraries

With the Spring 2022 semester underway, Coogs are busy leaning into new schedules, new interests, and new goals. UH Libraries locations, including MD Anderson Library, Architecture, Design, and Art Library, Health Sciences Library, and Music Library, are the best places on campus to find books and print media, plus plenty of study space, but did you know that you can check out equipment, browse unique digital collections, or visit a virtual pop-up library?

We've got all the study space at UH Libraries...and much more to explore.

We’ve got all the study space at UH Libraries…and much more to explore.

This semester, explore something new at UH Libraries. Whether you’re on campus or studying remotely, you can:

Borrow a heart
Or a brain, available at Health Sciences Library, along with other anatomical models. Art and design students can check out basic tools, sculpting sets, and brushes. For those musically inclined, we have headphones, cameras, and mics. Also projectors, laptops, a laser cutter station, Raspberry Pi kits, dry erase markers, and much more equipment to borrow — just bring your Cougar Card for check-out or reservation.

Time travel
OK, not really. But our revamped Digital Collections repository is home to an immersive assortment of digitized historical documents, images, video, and audio representing various locales and time periods. You can experience a vintage University of Houston from midcentury, early 20th century architecture of Rome, or DJ Screw’s recording sessions, to name a few.

Find out what your instructor means by “literature review”
Our librarians have compiled course guides and info lit videos that will help you zero in on scholarly resources and knock out that research paper.

See what’s new in collections from afar
Remember the thrill of book fairs? This is like that, only it’s online and free. Architecture, Design, and Art Library hosts virtual pop-up libraries that feature beautiful, engaging books from our collection that are available for check-out (access last semester’s pop-ups here).

Let us know how we can help you have an outstanding Spring 2022 semester. Contact us

Revamped Study Space at UH Music Library

University of Houston Music Library has a sleek new look. Research, relax, refine, and recharge at the transformed study space located in the Moores School of Music.

UH Libraries Spaces

Welcome to University of Houston Libraries! Take a quick video tour of our public spaces.

Take a video tour of University of Houston Libraries.

Take a video tour of University of Houston Libraries.

Welcome to UH Libraries

University of Houston Libraries welcomes the UH community for the start of the fall semester. As a reminder, the University strongly encourages everyone to wear masks in public indoor settings, including MD Anderson Library, Architecture, Design, and Art Library, Health Sciences Library, and Music Library.

MD Anderson Library at University of Houston

MD Anderson Library at University of Houston

Beginning Monday, August 23, UH Libraries will expand hours of operation for all locations. UH Special Collections Reading Room is available by appointment. Additionally, the 24 Hour Lounge located at the front of MD Anderson Library will be accessible to students after our regular hours of operation.

MD Anderson Library Turnstiles

Students are strongly encouraged to bring their Cougar Card when visiting MD Anderson Library. Swiping or tapping a physical Cougar Card at the turnstiles is the fastest option for entry. At certain times, card access will be the only option for entry. In addition, the Cougar Card serves as a library card for book and material check-out, and allows students to release print jobs from library printers. Students without a physical Cougar Card will be asked to present their digital Cougar Card on the UH Go app to the security officer for access.

New Self-Service Lockers

MD Anderson Library now offers users an additional pick-up option for library materials. The remote locker system, located in the 24 Hour Lounge, allows users to pick up requested materials easily with just the swipe of a Cougar Card. When placing a request through the online catalog, users can select the remote locker delivery location and have their items placed in one of the 18 available lockers. Materials can be retrieved at the user’s convenience any time day or night. Users will have up to 7 days from notification to pick up items. Planned enhancements for fall 2021 include 24 additional lockers, 12 of which will be stocked with supplies and technology (such as a marker kit or graphing calculator) for users to check out on demand.

New self-service lockers allow users to pick up requested materials with the swipe of a Cougar Card.

New self-service lockers allow users to pick up requested materials with the swipe of a Cougar Card.

Spaces, Services, and Resources

Popular Libraries services and resources, including remote access to digital items, librarian consultations, interlibrary loan, and printing and scanning, will continue to support UH student success. High demand spaces, such as computer labs, group study rooms, and multimedia studios, will also be available. Floors 5, 7 and 8 of the MD Anderson Library Blue wing are under construction and will re-open later in the fall semester. All other public areas of the library will be open and available.

“The Libraries team warmly welcomes new and returning Coogs to the library,” said Athena Jackson, dean of UH Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell chair. “We’ve enhanced our spaces, services, and resources during this transformative time to engage and empower the UH community, and more improvements are on the horizon. Please stay safe and Cougar Strong!”

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UH Special Collections Receives Collage from Third Ward Artist

To commemorate the connection between George Floyd and DJ Screw, University of Houston Libraries Special Collections commissioned an artwork by Robert L. Hodge, a notable artist from the Third Ward. His collage titled 8:46 will be displayed at the MD Anderson Library in Special Collections.

"8:46" by artist Robert L. Hodge

“8:46” by artist Robert L. Hodge

Houstonian George Floyd rapped on a handful of the underground mixtapes created by DJ Screw, whose archival collection is part of the Houston Hip Hop Research Collection at UH Special Collections. Following Floyd’s death in 2020, Julie Grob, curator of the collection, invited Hodge to create one of his signature collages in a way that would honor Floyd. 8:46 is a vibrant layering of figures reclaimed from old record album covers, anchored by Floyd’s gaze.

The faces in 8:46 represent the various perspectives and reactions to Floyd’s death. What emerges from the work is a tale of two Americas, Hodge said, and how we are all interconnected. “It’s the story of a flawed man who, no matter what you thought about him, is a human being who didn’t deserve to die.”

Like Floyd, Hodge was raised in the historic Third Ward neighborhood where UH is located. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses, an exhibition of artwork and archival material related to DJ Screw. Hodge also contributed label text to the UH Libraries exhibition Brothers in Rhyme: Fat Pat, Big Hawk, and the Screwed Up Click.

Of the Third Ward as inspiration to his work, Hodge said, “The people make the community, and the people are so diverse. From a jazz musician to a mailman to an addict, each has a story. This keeps me grounded in reality, in my work.”

A few of Hodge’s artistic influences include Romare Bearden, David Hammons, David McGee, Rick Lowe, Jesse Lott, Frida Kahlo, Robert Rauschenberg, The Art Guys, Otabenga Jones, Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert Pruitt.

Hodge has been doing collage work for many years and it is an art form for which he holds great respect. His technique is organic and involves finding older, lesser-known soul, blues, and country records and using the album cover art to create a new image. “It’s a stress breaker for me,” Hodge said. “I love taking an existing narrative and making something new out of it. That’s a lot like hip hop, sampling older records and making something new while honoring the past. The layers represent life in collage; there are a lot of things you see and a lot of things you don’t see.”

New Book Drop Installed

A new University of Houston Libraries book drop is now open on the first floor of the UH School of Art.

A new book drop is located at the UH School of Art.

A new book drop is located at the UH School of Art.

Virtual Pop-Up Library Spring Schedule

The Architecture, Design, and Art Library is pleased to announce its virtual pop-up programming for the spring semester. Each pop-up consists of curated art books on view and prize drawings on Instagram.

February 5
Theme: Black History Month

February 12
Theme: Valentine’s Day

March 8
Theme: International Women’s Day

April 16
Theme: Spring

May 7
Theme: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 14
Theme: National Photography Month