Julia Ideson and 110 Years of the Houston Public Library
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the Houston Public Library. Opened in 1904 thanks to a grant from Andrew Carnegie, the library was then known as the Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library. Julia Ideson was hired as Houston's first librarian just in time for the opening. The organization became the Houston Public Library in 1921, and a new building was completed in 1926.
Named in her honor in 1955, the Julia Ideson Building now serves as the Houston Metropolitan Research Center while the Jesse H. Jones building became the new central home for the Houston Public Library upon its completion in 1976. The Houston Public Library is a dynamic organization that continues to link people to the world through its 44 locations and online.
Explore the history of the Houston Public Library and learn about the life of Julia Ideson through the resources featured here.