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The W.I. Dykes Library occupies the north portion of the fourth floor and the entire fifth floor of the One Main Street building and may be entered from the Main Street elevators or stairs. The library’s fourth floor computer lab provides over 80 computers with Internet access, research databases, and Microsoft Office software applications. In addition to the computer lab, fourth floor study spaces include thirteen group study rooms, two presentation practice rooms, and a large reading room where students are able to study or relax between classes. The reading room and some study rooms are available for 24-hour access. Two library instruction classrooms and an event room are also located on the fourth floor. The newly renovated fifth floor houses the library’s physical collection and is furnished with comfortable seating and new study carrels. The 40,000 Windows Café is located in the southeast corner of the fifth floor.

The library has holdings of more than  429,700 electronic  and print  books, subscriptions to more than  216 databases and access to more than 85,000 digital journals.  The library also has a collection of over 3,500 physical AV items that are available for checkout or for listening and/or viewing in the library and access to more than 54,000 digital AV items The Texas Education Collection is also housed in the library and includes teacher editions of select Texas state-adopted textbooks for K-12. This collection is supplemented by holdings of children’s literature. In order to enable convenient access for UHD’s commuter student body, preference is given toward purchase of full-text electronic materials.

The library website is frequently updated and designed to serve as a gateway for navigating library resources. The library homepage offers multiple approaches for research queries, including LibSearch, a powerful search engine that allows easy searching across the library collection, the UHD online catalog, which lists books and journals available in the W. I. Dykes Library, most University of Houston central campus libraries and the University of Houston-Clear Lake library, research guides created by subject librarians, the library’s electronic course reserves system, as well as information about library services and updates. Library news may be followed through the library’s blog (, Facebook (, and Twitter (

Students, faculty and staff can connect to electronic resources from any location with their e-services ID and PIN. Access to the catalog and electronic resources from a home computer, wireless locations or from UHD computer labs supports research 24 hours per day. The full-text of journal, magazine, and newspaper articles in electronic form can be found by using the library’s full-text databases, which include ABI/Inform Complete, Academic Search Complete, ACM Digital Library, Black Studies Center, Business Source Complete, Gender Studies Database, JSTOR, LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, PsycINFO, SAGE Journals Online, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Westlaw Campus Research. Many additional electronic resources for finding citations or information about a topic can be accessed through the library’s website, including the major research database, Web of Science. Search results from the library’s electronic holdings can be printed, downloaded to a flash drive or emailed. Print books from other UH system libraries may be requested electronically by clicking the request button in the online library catalog. If the W. I. Dykes Library does not own a book or journal article needed by a student, faculty, or staff member, then an interlibrary loan request may be submitted online through the library’s My Interlibrary Loan system and the library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Department will make every effort to borrow the material from another library within the nation-wide ILL network. ILL is primarily a free service. If there will be a charge, permission will be requested beforehand.  The ILL Department also provides services for UHD off-campus distance students and faculty who would like to have materials from the W. I. Dykes Library collections delivered to them at the site where they have classes.

Reference librarians at the Information Desk offer in-person or telephone assistance in utilizing library resources. Reference help is also available through the library’s Ask a Librarian email service, online chat, texting, research consultation appointments and a repository of previously asked questions and answers. UHD librarians are available to provide face-to-face library instruction as well as online instruction via Blackboard.

Scanner stations and card and coin-operated photocopiers are available in the library. Two computer workstations are reserved for visually impaired students. Anyone with special physical or communication needs may ask for assistance from any library service desk or contact the library to schedule an appointment for special services.

A UHD identification card is used as the library card and must be presented when checking out materials. The library is open seven days a week during fall and spring semesters and Monday through Saturday during summer sessions. Check with the library for intersession and holiday hours. For reference information call 713-221-8187; for circulation informa­tion call 713-221-8186.



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