Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and we are celebrating in style! Now through October 15th, part of the fifth floor book display will be devoted to titles by Hispanic authors and will feature art books showcasing work by Hispanic artists.

books on a display table celebrating hispanic heritage month

Included is an exhibition catalog for the exhibit Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950, now on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston through October 1st. If you are a student and have a student ID, the MFAH is offering an amazing deal: entry to the exhibit for only $5!

If you can’t make it to the exhibit, be sure to check out the book on display.  an open book with images from the MFAH Paint the Revolution exhibit

Also included are titles like The Aztec Love God by local author and activist Tony Diaz (also known as el libro-traficanteor the book smuggler). We also have handouts of events going on at UHD that are sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.books on a display table celebrating hispanic heritage month And finally, thanks to our generous friends at the Alamo Drafhouse Cinema, we are also holding a raffle! The prize? A pair of movie passes to see the upcoming documentary about Dolores Huerta, an activist who co-founded the first farm workers union along with Cesar Chavez. raffle box and flyer with raffle information

Post-Harvey Resources and Information

The University has compiled a number of resources for employees and students to get the help they need to get back on their feet after Hurricane Harvey. These resources are not only for those who were seriously impacted by the storm, but also those who might be struggling with post-storm anxiety or stress, and even those looking for ways to give back to their community.

The Harvey Resources and Information page is a great place to start, no matter what you’re looking for. On this page you’ll find ways to help, where to find shelter and relief, and official disaster recovery information from the City of Houston, FEMA, and the Red Cross.

If you are a student and have questions about financial aid, enrollment, distance classes, and other general questions, please visit the Student Resources and FAQ page for a comprehensive list of questions and answers. If the information you’re looking for isn’t listed, the page also has a Student Inquiry Form to contact the university.

You can also keep up with the Office of the President to get the latest communications on university-wide storm recovery efforts and other pertinent information.

If you have immediate needs regarding FEMA applications or other disaster relief assistance, contact UHD’s Disaster Assistance Specialist at 713-221-8091 or stop by N441 in the One Main Building.

The University of Houston Libraries has also put together a helpful resource guide that contains links to local news & weather sites, emergency organizations, local charities, and other information on disaster recovery.

And don’t forget, if you’re feeling overwhelmed UHD offers counseling services to help you through this difficult time.

Teach Yo Self!

It’s a new semester here at the University of Houston-Downtown and we at the library want to welcome all of our students, both new and returning!

Whether this is your first semester or your first semester really using the library, we know that it can be hard to figure out where to find the information you really need. In this post, we invite you to learn some library basics that will make the rest of the semester easier for you!

1. I have a question! Help!
2. Ummm, I’m lost. Is this even a library? Where are the books?
3. How can I book a study room?
4. I’m severely under-caffeinated.
5. Do you check out laptops?

parks and recreation meme reading "teach yo self"

1. I have a question! Help!
That’s great, we love questions! In fact, we love them so much, you can ask us a question 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. What is this witchcraft, you say? It’s our Ask A Librarian chat service. And it’s not actually witchcraft, it’s *technology*.

If you don’t want to chat with a librarian you can also email a librarian, call us, make an appointment, or send a good old fashioned text (phone numbers available in the right sidebar on our Help page).

2. Ummm, I’m lost. Is this even a library? Where are the books?
Yes, this is definitely a library. And you’re in luck, because we have maps! With colors! And room numbers! They’re pretty helpful if you are wandering around in circles trying to find a book, or your study room. Not interested in maps? Here’s a quick breakdown:

The Fourth Floor has the computer lab, information desk (where you can find a real live librarian!) study rooms, presentation rooms, and two classrooms with computers.

The Fifth Floor has the books, bound journals, CDs & DVDs, and circulation desk (where you can find reserved items and check out your books!). The 40,000 Windows Cafe is also on the fifth floor.

3. How can I book a study room?
Excellent question! Go to our homepage and click the blue button that says Study Rooms. Follow the prompts to reserve a room. Remember, you have to have a group of 3 or more people and you can only book for two hours at a time. We love you, but we will also (very nicely, of course) kick you out of the room if we have to. If you need step-by-step help to check out a room, visit us in the computer lab. 

homepage with study rooms circled

4. I’m severely under-caffeinated.
Aren’t we all? Yes. The answer is probably yes. But guess what, there’s a coffee shop IN THE LIBRARY. The 40,000 Windows Cafe is located on the fifth floor of the library and is open Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm. Unfortunately your caffeine addiction will have to be met elsewhere Friday-Sunday, because the cafe will not be open.

5. Do you check out laptops?
Nope. For that, you’ll have to visit the computer lab on the 8th floor (S800). We do, however checkout a ton of other helpful pieces of technology like video cameras, calculators (scientific and graphing), headphones, as well as webcams and microphones.

So that’s your basic Library 101–have a great semester!

the more you know meme, text reads "the more you know" over a star

 

Library Summer Hours

Summer is here at UHD, and the library is open for all your summer semester needs! Stop by and visit us during the following hours:

Summer Hours (June 5 – August 10)

​ DAY​​
OPEN
CLOSED
Monday
7:00​​ AM
9:30 PM
Tuesday​
7:00​​ AM
9:30PM
Wednesday
7:00​​ AM
9:30 PM
Thursday
7:00​​ AM
9:30 PM​
​Friday​ 7:00​​ AM 5:00 PM
​Saturday 1:00 PM 5:00 PM
*Sunday ​Closed Closed

Library Partners with Islamic Da’wah Center

The W. I. Dykes Library is excited to announce it’s partnership with the Islamic Da’wah Center of Houston! This partnership will allow UHD staff, faculty, and students to borrow items from the Islamic Da’wah Center Library of Islamic Knowledge at no cost.

Find out how to request access to the Isalmic Da’wah Center Library and more information about the program on our website.

 

Survivor: Finals 2016 Edition

Do you have what it takes to survive finals? Need some extra support next week?

We’ve got your back! Check out the events below & be sure to visit the Inspiration Walls on the 2nd and 4th floors:

MON. DEC 5TH 
9AM-12PM : TAKE WHAT YOU NEED – relaxation bags, scantrons, study skills, games, coloring , snacks, & more!
10AM-4PM : COFFEE, DONUTS & RELAXATION @S402
2PM-3PM : YOGA IN THE LIBRARY – no mat needed, meet in the Reading Room next to N420
4PM-6PM : ADULTING 101 - career planning & self-management skills to see you to graduation @N420
Until 7PM: STUDENT ACTIVITIES OPEN – S204

TUE. DEC 6TH
9AM-11AM : CEREAL, CARTOONS, & CRAFTS W/ HONORS! @N420
10AM-4PM : COFFEE, DONUTS & RELAXATION @S402
12PM-1PM : STAR POWER STUDY SESSION – food, scantrons, study skills & tutoring @ Learning Connection S405
2PM-3PM : YOGA IN THE LIBRARY – no mat needed, meet in the Reading Room next to N420
4PM-6PM : ADULTING 101 - career and adult advice for after college @N420
Until 7PM : STUDENT ACTIVITIES OPEN – S204

WED. DEC 7TH
9AM-12PM : TAKE WHAT YOU NEED - relaxation bags, scantrons, study s kills, games, coloring & more! @N420
10AM-4PM : COFFEE, DONUTS & RELAXATION @S402
12PM-1PM : STAR POWER STUDY SESSION - food, scantrons, study skills and tutoring @ Learning Connection S405
2PM-3PM : YOGA IN THE LIBRARY – no mat needed, meet in the Reading Room next to N420
4PM-6PM : ADULTING 101 - career and adult advice for after college @N420

a flier detailing the list of events happening during finals of the fall 2016 semester

Library Graffiti Wall

Have you been by the reading room lately? Our graffiti wall (columns?) are steadily filling up as the semester moves along.

Some students show their school spirit:graffiti wall photo alumni gator drawingsome students offer confessions and support:
graffiti wall image of students offering support
others show off their art skills:graffiti wall image of a chameleongraffiti wall image of student art and others offer sage advice:graffiti wall image of text that reads "partying relieves stress"Stop by the fourth floor reading room to check out the wall or add your own art! Be sure to use #UHDLibGraffiti when posting to social media!