Kitty King Powell Library & Study Center

Location

The Powell Library is on the second floor of Bayou Bend's
Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center,
6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77007. Parking is free.

Map and directions to Bayou Bend


Online Catalog

The collections of both the Hirsch Library at the MFAH and the Powell Library at Bayou Bend are searchable through the libraries' online catalog, available here.


Copy Facilities

A copy machine is available in the reading room; 25 cents for black and white; $1 for color.

Payment in cash or check.


Services

The Powell Library offers reference service, including research assistance, and a reading room for your convenience.

Upon request, books can be transferred between the Hirsch and Powell Libraries for the convenience of researchers.


About

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    © Aker Zvonkovic Photography

    Second-floor balcony of the Kilroy Center with a view into the Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center

The Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is one of the leading centers in the nation for resources about American art and decorative arts of the 17th through 19th centuries. With more than 6,000 books, periodical volumes, and auction catalogues, the non-circulating collection assists students, researchers, collectors, and the general public interested in the history of American material culture, including furniture, ceramics, metals, glass, and textiles. Located in Bayou Bend's Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center, the library and reading room offer a light-filled space with views of the surrounding landscape. The Powell Library is a branch of the MFAH Hirsch Library.


Hours

Tuesday–Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 12 noon–5 pm

Closed Sunday and Monday.
Closed the Saturday of these holiday weekends:
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Christmas; and New Year’s Day.