Welcome to the Julia Ideson Building, the home of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, part of the Special Collections for the Houston Public Library System. 

Generously sponsored by the Friends of the Texas Room, this self-guided tour walks you through the history of the Julia Ideson Building and its place in the Houston Public Library System. This tour can be taken in any order. If you follow the listed order, you will see all of the first floor before moving onto the second and third. 

The scavenger hunt is a kid-friendly, fun way to challenge yourself while exploring the building.

Begin by choosing your tour below. To see a list of stops, press the "Sites" button on the navigator bar.