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Powell Library: Public Access Procedures

The Powell Library is open to the public with the Museum’s visiting protocols for face masks, temperature checks, and social distancing. The number of visitors in the library at any time is limited to three. Appointments are strongly encouraged: contact or 713.353.1542. Researchers also are encouraged to request materials in advance. If you visit without an appointment and all places are filled, you will need to wait until the next place becomes available.

Tuesday–Friday | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday | 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday

Three visitors are allowed in the library for research at one time. Appointments are encouraged and can be made by emailing or calling the reference desk at 713.353.1542. The length of visits is unrestricted, but library staff has the discretion to limit duration in order to provide equitable access to everyone.

Library Display
Additional visitors may view the library display. Appointments are not needed to view the display.

Requesting Library Materials
Requesting materials in advance by emailing is recommended so that items will be available when the researcher arrives. Limit of five items per visit.

Reproduction of Library Materials
Copying is done by library staff. Copying fees have been suspended until further notice, but library staff may limit copies to what they deem to be a reasonable amount.

Quarantine of Library Materials
Quarantining of library materials after use is necessary to ensure the safety of staff and visitors. After use, materials are quarantined for six days before they may be shelved or used again. Due to the quarantine, placing materials on short-term hold for patrons is not possible for the time being.

Food and Drink
The consumption of food and drink is prohibited. Water fountains are unavailable until further notice, but water is available for purchase at the front desk of the Kilroy Education and Visitor Center.

Masks and Gloves
Face masks must be worn by staff and visitors. Staff members wear disposable gloves when assisting visitors. Visitors are encouraged to wash their hands before using library computers or materials. Disposable gloves are provided.

Social Distancing
Social distance of six feet is enforced by library staff. Security staff may be called if the need arises.

The housekeeping staff cleans the library every morning before opening, paying special attention to active touchpoints. Library staff spot-cleans high-impact areas throughout the day as necessary, and cleans each research station following each patron visit.