The research room is located in the historic Julia Ideson Building in downtown Houston. Our staff are always able to provide you with ready reference resources and suggest additional materials and next steps for your research endeavors. If your reference inquiry requires more time for materials to be compiled, it might be suggested to set up a reference appointment or submit your inquiry via email.
Reference staff will make copies for you from printed material. The fee is $1 per citation and $1 per sheet. For microfilm material, the fee is $2 per citation and $1 per sheet. For more information on payment and delivery, please contact the research room.
Reproductions of photographs and paper materials from archival collections are available for order by filling out the Image Reproduction Request Form. Included in that form is detailed use policy information and pricing information. We can accommodate nonstandard requests on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact the photo department.
Sound Recordings and Moving Image Reproductions
Reproductions of audio visual material such as oral histories or digitized film reels are available for order by filling out the AV Reproduction Request Form. Included in that form is use policy and pricing information. We can accommodate nonstandard requests on a case-by-case basis. For more information, please contact the research room.
Memory Lab - Coming Spring 2019
We are excited to be housing a Memory Lab in our research room. The Memory Lab at HPL is based on a model pioneered by DC Public Library. This lab provides equipment for digitizing home movies and scanning photographs and slides. It is a do-it-yourself model, meaning we provide step-by-step instructions, but you control the process from start to finish. The lab will be able to be reserved for three-hour audiovisual sessions or one-hour scanning sessions. The formats that the lab will be able to accommodate are VHS, VHS-C, audio cassette, 3.5 in floppy, and photos, slides, and negatives. You will be able to save your digital files on an your own personal external hard drive, USB, or cloud storage. Check back soon for more details!
Tours of the Julia Ideson Building for parties of ten or more are provided on an appointment basis. Please email the research room or call 832-393-1662 to set up a time. We also offer a regularly scheduled tour of the building the first Saturday of every month at 11 am. For more information on other events and programs, visit our Programming and Events page.