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Houston Wedding Venues: Discover The Julia Ideson Library

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The Julia Ideson Library: More than just a place to read

ideson library outdoors

The Julia Ideson Library is a historic venue, named for the first head librarian for Houston Public Libraries, and served in that position for 40 years.

So far in the SwaLaRue Events venue tours, we’ve been here, here and here. But what if I told you that four walls equipped with tables and chairs weren’t the only places in Houston to get married.

What if I told you that you could even get married in a historic library in Downtown Houston? The Ideson Library fits the description here.

Here are some items to highlight when planning for your event:

Linen and centerpiece upgrades on-site? x
Ceremony Areax 
Cocktail Spacex 
Reception Spacex 
Host multiple events at same time x
Outside Catering? x
ideson library upstairs

Maximum Occupancy

Main Foyer100 reception style
Auditorium 150, seated
200, reception style
216, lecture-style
Reynolds Room60 persons, seated
110 persons, reception (more w/ garden access)
90, theater/lecture seating
Reading Room200 persons, seated
256 persons, reception
Tudor Room100 persons, seated
200 persons, reception
Kitty King Powell Gallery150 persons, reception

Rental Pricing Overview:

The pricing for this venue varies greatly depending on what type of event and how many of their multiple spaces you wish to use. They can actually explain it better than I can and have provided this detailed pricing chart.

How much time does this venue allow for set up?

At The Julia Ideson Library, they do allow for set up and the breakdown and if you will need additional time to set up for your event, additional time is available at an additional fee.

ideson-library elevation

What I love about this venue:

The Julia Ideson Library has multiple spaces for multiple types of events. If you wanted to host a corporate function with a theme that requires a space for lecture, a space for cocktail reception and a space for seated dinner, all can be accomplished under one roof.

This space is also located in Downtown Houston. Home of the most popular bars and things to do for families, singles, and couples. Not to mention, as with most unique venues such as the Ideson, you can select your favorite caterer and furniture rentals for your event.

What’s included

This space provides the venue for a 6-hour rental and a custom package can be formulated for your specific needs. The pricing does not include some additional amenities you will need to account for such as: Catering, Audio/Visual, Additional Furniture or Setup, Security, or Parking/Valet.

To schedule a tour with this venue, send a request to or call (832) 393-1313.

And for more information, visit The Houston Public Library.

Now that you are more informed about The Ideson Library, do you feel you may need some help conducting a tour? If so check out my post on what questions to ask or give me a call.

Photos courtesy of Google Images found here, here and here. I do not own the rights to these images.

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