The Houston Metropolitan Research Center is an archival branch of the Houston Public Library which focuses on the history of Houston.
HMRC's collections include books, photographs, maps, architectual drawings, oral histories and other archival materials. An assortment of these materials have been digitized for view via the Houston Area Digital Archives.
Click here to see the latest exhibit in the Julia Ideson Building.
Learn about our many generous sponsors and how you can support the HMRC.
Read about the historic Julia Ideson building and its most recent restoration supported by the Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners.
The HMRC provides in-person, telephone, and e-mail reference service, and photo reproduction services, as well as all necessary support for viewing collection materials.
Because HMRC is a special collections library, planning your visit may be helpful.