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Ladies at a wedding in JIB with the bride

Celebrate at one of the Houston Public Library’s historic buildings or in its expansive, outdoor plaza. Select from the sophisticated grandeur of elegant Spanish architecture, immerse yourself in African American culture and its history in Houston, enjoy native Texas gardens in a graceful setting, or choose from a variety of outdoor spaces that will accommodate large events. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, historic Freedmen’s Town, or the Museum District, these event spaces can transform to fit your special event needs.

Wedding photo of bride and groom kissing

Julia Ideson Building


In the heart of Houston, the historic Julia Ideson Building, with its distinctive, elegant Spanish Renaissance-style architecture, stands out among the more contemporary buildings surrounding it. This 1926 treasure, which served as Houston’s library from 1926-1976, is a unique venue for your event. The exceptional spaces and artwork in the Julia Ideson Building make it the perfect setting for weddings, galas, formal dinners, photo sessions, business meetings, and corporate events.



Gregory school exterior view

African American History Research Center


Capture a glimpse of history as you stroll through the Gregory School, located in historic Freedman’s Town. Built in 1926, it once housed the first public school for African Americans in Houston. This building is a restored masterpiece that houses many treasured archival collections of African American history in Houston. Walk through pavers with embedded traditional West African symbols as you enter into the glass lobby.



Family History Research Center at the Clayton Library

Family History Research Center at the Clayton Library Campus


Experience the feeling of serene days gone by at the historic Clayton House located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. The beautifully restored Main House, along with the detached Carriage House and the Guest House, offer unique floor plans that allow for a variety of events.



Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza

The Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza


The Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza is a versatile outdoor space that features a water wall, an adult reading area, a children’s reading room with shade structures and fans, a performance stage, a jumbo screen, shaded, elevated areas and wide open spaces with traditional and unique seating options. The plaza honors the life and legacy of former First Lady Barbara Bush and serves as a focal point in downtown Houston to inspire and instill a love of reading.