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Rare Books on Display

Rare Books on Display In-Person

Join us for two special programs that will be presented concurrently on August 17th.   Rare books from the Locked Case Collection will be on display for public viewing for the first time on the 1st floor of the Jesse H. Jones Central Library while the Houston History Research Center hosts a pop-up display of the unique books and artfully illustrated children’s books in their collection.  The HHRC event will be held in the Dorothy Knox Howe Houghton Room on the first floor of the Julia Ideson Building.



Saturday, August 17, 2024
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
1st Floor Events
Julia Ideson Building
Age Group:
  Adults     Teens (13-18 yrs)  
  Arts & Culture  
Registrations open at 12:00pm Saturday, August 3, 2024

The Locked Case Collection housed at the Central Jesse H. Jones downtown library on the second and third floors contains rare and unusual books of fiction and nonfiction by notable authors and photographers.  Some books will also be pulled from the Central Open and Closed Stacks collection as well. Books in the Locked Case Collection are now available for checkout.

All of the books feature unique artwork and illustrations and are one-of-a-kind rarities with antique and seldom seen printing, binding and other aesthetic elements that will leave the viewer appreciating the value of the printed page.