Please be advised that the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the Julia Ideson Building will now be open Tuesday thru Saturday and closed on Mondays. Due to programming, meetings, and special events in the building, we recommend that you call 832-393-1662 in advance to confirm the availability of the 2nd floor Reading Room and other public areas in the building. Please check HERE for further details.

About the HMRC

The Houston Metropolitan Research Center is an archival branch of the Houston Public Library which focuses on the history of Houston.


Collections and Resources

HMRC's collections include books, photographs, maps, architectural drawings, oral histories and other archival materials. An assortment of these materials have been digitized for view via the Houston Area Digital Archives.


Events and Exhibits

Click here to see HMRC's upcoming events and here to view the latest exhibit in the Julia Ideson Building.


Support the HMRC

Learn about our many generous sponsors and how you can support the HMRC.


Julia Ideson Building

Read about the historic Julia Ideson building and its most recent restoration supported by the Julia Ideson Library Preservation Partners.


New to the Collections

Find out about the HMRC's recent acquisitions in our quarterly pulibication, the HMRC Gazette.



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.


Visit the HMRC

Because HMRC is a special collections library, here are a few tips to help with planning you visit.

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