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, architectural drawings, oral histories and other archival materials. An assortment of these materials have been digitized for view via the Houston Area Digital Archives.
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, here are a few tips to help with planning you visit.