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Sights + Attractions
Julia Ideson Library
500 McKinney
Houston, TX

The restored building opened to the public in December 2011.  In addition to being the permanent home of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and staff members of the Houston Public Library and Houston Public Library Foundation, Houstonians and visitors enjoy the new Exhibit Hall that will host rotating shows of items from the HMRC’s collection and visiting exhibits, and the magnificent Reading Room.

The Ideson Library’s beautifully restored public spaces will be available for special events including receptions, parties, meetings, lectures, and weddings.


The Reading Room and Exhibit Hall are open to all during regular library hours.

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Wednesday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Thursday: Noon to 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Sunday: Closed

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