Note from the Dean
Each day that I walk through the doors of the M.D. Anderson Library, I am reminded of how much we have grown as a University and a community. I am consistently impressed by the caliber of our students, the dedication of our faculty and staff, and the passion of our alumni. It is imperative that we continue providing a Tier One Library to support a Tier One University. Many of our services, programs and offerings, even the Library facility itself, would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors. As a proud Cougar, and Library donor, I know firsthand how much of a difference you make to our campus community. On behalf of the Library, I want to say thank you.
Dean Dana Rooks
University of Houston Libraries
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair
About the UH Libraries
The University of Houston Libraries is an academic library system of the University of Houston serving students, faculty, staff and the general public. The M.D. Anderson Library serves as the main campus library at the University. Additionally, there are three other branch libraries: the Music Library, the Weston A. Pettey Optometry Library, and the William R. Jenkins Architecture & Art Library. In the Spring of 2010, the Pharmacy Library closed and was integrated with the main library.
The UH Libraries Vision
We will anticipate and respond to the ways our users find, create and share knowledge, and we will be fully integrated into the teaching and learning process. We will provide a highly interactive, personalized library experience for each user and welcoming spaces for collaboration and discovery. On campus and online, we will be a valued partner in the academic life of our students, faculty and community.
The UH Libraries also all share a unique vision called the Strategic Directions, a vital tool that guides the Libraries into the future.
There are other libraries on the UH main campus that are not a part of the UH Libraries system. These are the Conrad N. Hilton Library & Archives and the John O'Quinn Law Library, and they are managed and maintained by their home colleges. Through a collaboration between libraries, students and faculty of UH Clear Lake and UH Downtown have the ability to check out circulating volumes.
About the M.D. Anderson Library
The M.D. Anderson Library was opened in 1950 and dedicated on April 1, 1951. Since then, there have been three additions made to expand upon the building. The first was completed in 1968 and is known as the Blue Wing (architects: Staub and Rather, expanded to Staub, Rather, and Howze). The second was completed in 1977, and is formally named for M.D. Anderson Foundation trustee John H. Freeman, but is better known as the Brown Wing (architects: Kenneth Bentsen Associates). The third was completed in 2005 and is called the Gold Wing (architects: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott). This addition, designed in conjunction with a major renovation of the existing building, added 48% more space to the library.
For more information, please see this more detailed history of the Libraries.