Building for the Future

HPL Julia Ideson Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are here to help our fellow neighbors and friends rebuild their lives after Hurricane Harvey. Some of our libraries have been impacted by the hurricane, and we are working diligently to open as many locations as possible and provide the resources Houstonians need.

Resources available at our open locations:

  • Free WiFi!
  • Access to computers
  • Check out Hotspots which gives you WiFi-on-the-go on unlimited devices (select locations)
  • Programs and activities for children and teens
  • Help with preserving family memorabilia

Mini Library Locations Now Open

Kashmere Multiservice Center 
Serving the communities of McCrane-Kashmere Gardens and Lakewood neighborhood libraries. 

Need to know where to return your books or pick up your holds?

You can return your books and pick up your holds from any open library location. These libraries are the closest to our closed locations:


Supporting HPL

We've received tons of offers to volunteer and donate items to help us get our libraries back on their feet. We truly appreciate all of your heartfelt and earnest generosity and selflessness. Please contact our Houston Public Library Foundation and Friends of HPL regarding any donations or volunteer opportunities. These organizations are spearheading these wonderful efforts to help make HPL better than ever in the years to come.


Waiving all late fees!

We have waived all late fees till November 27, 2017 (after the Thanksgiving holiday). We sincerely hope this helps everyone during their time of recovery.


WiFi On-The-Go!

Need WiFi access at home? Check out a Hotspot and gain WiFi access on the go. You can connect multiple devices for WiFi anywhere you are at anytime with a HPL Hotspot.  Visit these locations to check-out a Hotspot today.


Houston-area libraries struggle to recover from Harvey

Librarians weren't focused on lost books. Or magazines. Or printed materials of any kind. Not even on the drenched furniture that floated away.

The biggest loss for libraries deluged by Hurricane Harvey proved to be the community camaraderie they offered job seekers, lifelong learners, curious tots and new immigrants across all sectors of the Houston region. The buildings shut down during the multi-day storm that wrought heavy rain and flooding. And more than a month later, seven branches of the Houston Public Library remain closed and four damaged locations of the Harris County Public Library are shuttered until further notice.

"The most important thing that people needed from us was connectivity to the internet," said Rhea Lawson, the Houston Public Library's director. "Second to that is a place of normalcy – a place where they could get away."

To fill the need, Lawson's team worked to quickly open neighborhood branches despite many employees suffering personal losses. The city's libraries served as community anchors where survivors could gather safely after a storm.

Read the full Houston Chronicle article


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