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Facilities & Resources

Visual Resources Library

 The Visual Resources Library (VRL) is an encyclopedic teaching collection of more than 250,000 digital images and slides, with extensive concentrations in Pre-Colombian, photography, medieval, and contemporary art images.  It also houses a modest collection of DVDs on art historical topics. These collections are continually growing and expanding. Images are scanned in and added to the digital collection on an ongoing basis. Graduate students may request image scanning for seminar and research purposes. 

The VRL is also the primary source for supplying AV equipment and technical support to faculty and students for classroom presentations.  Digital projectors, slide and video projectors, DVD and VCR players, and laptops are in inventory, and a limited number of workstations are available within the library for student use.

The VRL includes group and individual work/study space for students as well as opportunities to take advantage of digital technology for research and collaboration.

The library is conveniently located within the Fine Arts Building, and is open Mon. through Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library

The library collects resources on all periods of art history, as well as art criticism and museum studies.  The collection consists of approximately 100,000 books on art disciplines, art history, architecture, and design.  It contains over 1000 serial titles, 189 of which are current subscriptions.  Many of the books and journals are available in electronic, as well as print format. Over 300 video titles may be borrowed, as well.  In addition to library holdings, the library system provides access to online databases and indexes in the arts and humanities.  These include the WilsonWeb suite of arts and humanities databases, Artbibliographies Modern, the Bibliography of the History of Art, Grove Art Online, the Index of Christian Art, and three databases of image reproductions (ARTstor, Art Museum Image Gallery, and the Bridgeman Art Library Archive). 

The library is located in the School of Architecture building, next door to the Fine Arts building, and is open Mon.- Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm; Fri. 8:00 – 5:00 pm; and Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

M.D. Anderson Library

In addition to the facilities and collections of the Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston art history graduate students have full access to the M. D. Anderson Library, the main library on campus.  While most art history materials are housed in the Jenkins Library, M. D. Anderson offers a wealth of books and journals--many in electronic format--in such related areas as history and religion, as well as inviting spaces designed to meet a variety of student needs, from quiet carrels for individual reading and writing to comfortable study rooms for collaborative projects.  For those with an interest in technology, the library boasts a state-of-the-art Learning Commons featuring specialized software and expert support staff.  You are also invited to work with any of the highly qualified liaison librarians whose subject knowledge and research skills can help you make the most of your library experience.

Special Collections in the M.D. Anderson Library holds over 60,000 rare books and over 5000 linear feet of archival materials, which are available for research projects and student-curated exhibitions. Among the holdings are a dozen medieval manuscripts, including a very fine 13th century decorated Bible and three books of hours. Other collection highlights include over 50 incunables (books printed before 1501), the Alvin Romansky Collection of Franco-Prussian War and Paris Commune Caricatures, and a wide array of fine press and artists’ books.

The M.D. Anderson Library is centrally located and easily accessible from nearby parking garages.Monday - Thursday, 7:00a.m.–12:45p.m., Friday, 7:00a.m.-9:45p.m., Saturday, 8:00a.m.-7:45p.m., and Sunday 12:00p.m.-12:45a.m.

Additional Library Resources

In addition to University of Houston’s own resources, students have access to other libraries in Houston, including at Rice University, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection.

Art Resources include the Menil Collections (including the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, the Rothko Chapel, the Cy Twombly Museum, and Dan Flavin Light Installation) and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, as well as smaller institutions such as the Contemporary Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, the Houston Holocaust Museum, and the Museum of Printing History – to name only a few – and an array of contemporary art galleries and alternative art spaces. The UH Anderson Library offers an impressive collection of medieval manuscripts, modern book illustration, and artists’ books. UH students can also easily access art museums in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, as well as high quality but perhaps lesser-known collections elsewhere in the state.