Earbuds and USB Drives
iPads for Kids
Access Center for People with Disabilities
Frequently Asked for Items Which Are Not Available
Public computers with Internet access are available at all Neighborhood Library locations, Central Library, and Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. A library card or computer use card is required to use these computers at some Neighborhood Libraries.
The African American Library at the Gregory School and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) have catalog/database-only computers for accessing library resources. A library card is not required to use these computers.
Public computers have the following software installed:
- Windows 7
- Microsoft Office suite
- Adobe Reader
- Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome
Each public computer session is one hour long. There is no limit to total number of sessions.
Laptops are available for in-house use only.
- Customer must present a valid library card with no fines, no blocks, that is at least 30 days old
- Staff will hold photo ID until laptop is returned
- Laptop will only be checked out to the cardholder
- Only one laptop per person per card may be checked out
- Customers under 18 who have parental permission may use parent's ID
Checkout Period: 2 hours
Overdue Fine: $25/hour (or any part thereof)
Replacement Fee: item cost ($1500) + $150 processing fee
Mobile hotspots and tablets are available for library customers to check out. Check out policies will be similar to other library materials but may have renewal limitations.
- Customer must present a valid adult library card with no fines, no blocks, that is at least 30 days old
- Customer will submit a checkout agreement each time a device is checked out
- Devices may not be returned in the book drop
- Devices may be returned to the Service Desk of the location where it was checked out from
- Only one type of device per person per card may be checked out
- Overdue fines and replacement fees may apply
- More information is available on the Mobile Hotspots' page!
Mobile hotspots are available at these locations: (Carnegie, Central, Henington-Alief, HPL Express Southwest, Johnson, Jungman, Mancuso, Moody, Park Place, Shepard-Acres Homes, Smith, Stanaker, Stimley-Blue Ridge and Young, Montrose, Heights and Collier). Samsung Tablets are available at Central, Park Place and Stanaker. Please check with the individual library for availability.
Wifi is available at all locations. No library card is necessary to connect to the wifi network.
Mobile printing coming soon to a location near you!
You can now print from your mobile device, onsite or remotely. Simply follow the prompts on the webportal (unique for each location). It's easy and fast. You can also download the free Printeron app and send print requests from your smart phone!
At this time, mobile printing is only available at the Central Library, Heights, Henington-Alief, Jungman, Ring, Southwest Express and Young libraries. With the new print solution, color copies are only $0.50 per page (black and white is still $0.15 per page). You may use coins/bills and/or credit/debit card to print. Print cards will be phased out with a balance reallocation transfer. Please check with staff for more information.
Each library has black and white printers and copiers available. Color copiers are available at the Central Library on the 1st floor, 2nd floor and 3rd floor (copy cards no longer issued at Central Library).
Costs for printing/copying are:
- $0.15/page for 8.5x11and Legal (8.5x14)
- $0.30/page for Ledger (11x17)
- $1/page for color
- Coins or bills in the printer/copiers directly
- Print card can be purchased for $1. When purchased, the card is automatically loaded with 50 cents. Card can be loaded with more funds, as needed (the card machine only accepts bills)
Earbuds ($3) and 4-GB flash drives ($8) can be purchased at Central Library and all Neighborhood Library locations. (with the exception of Fifth Ward Neighborhood Library and HPL Express Discovery Green)
Microfilm readers are available at Central Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC), Clayton Library Research Center for Genealogical Research, and The African American Library at the Gregory School. Files can be saved to a USB drive for free or printed. (see printing fees above)
Fax service is available at Central Library (3rd floor), Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library, Scenic Woods Regional Library and Smith Neighborhood Library. Faxes can be sent but not received, and they can be sent to local and toll free numbers only.
Cost for fax is:
iPads are available at some locations for children ages 2 and up. iPads are loaded with apps for math, letters, shapes, games and more.
- iPads must be checked out by a parent or guardian with a valid, fine-free library card that is at least 30 days old.
- We do hold a valid government-issued ID while the iPad is checked out.
- The iPads may not leave the building or, if at Central, the Kids area.
Checkout Period: 2 hours
Overdue Fine: $25/hour (or any part thereof)
Replacement Fee: item cost ($699) + $150 processing fee
Locations offering iPads for KIDS:
- Central Library KIDS Room
- Flores Neighborhood Library
- Henington-Alief Regional Library
- Hillendahl Neighborhood Library
- Ring Neighborhood Library
- Scenic Woods Regional Library
- Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library
- Smith Neighborhood Library
- Stanaker Neighborhood Library
- Young Neighborhood Library
Scan library materials as you browse our collection. Simply place the items on the Express Checkout device on your way out to demagentize. Requires the free HPL meeScan app available on both Android and iOS platforms.
The Houston Public Library offers many services for people with disabilities and/or special needs.
The Access Center for people with visual and hearing disabilities located on the first floor of the Central Library provides special adaptive equipment, materials in accessible formats, and library services for patrons with special needs who are:
- Blind and/or visually impaired
- Deaf and/or hearing impaired
The Access Center is open during Central’s regular hours of operation. Appointments for tours and orientations are requested.
The Access on Demand program also allows customers to request a laptop with JAWS (screen reading software) and ZoomText (screen magnification software) for use at any library location.
Skype Services are available for reservation at the Central Library only for up to 3 hours for:
- Family and friends contacting active/deployed members of the armed forces;
- Online tests or examinations lasting more than one hour;
- Job interviews and interview preparation.
For more information on how to reserve a room and what you need to bring with you, please call 832-393-1313.
We are often asked if we offer the following items. Unfortunately, these items are not available at any Houston Public Library.
- Projectors (computer, film, or slide)