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Spotlight Event

Family Winter Fest!

Family Winter Fest
December 9, 2023 | 2 PM - 4 PM
Central Library, Jesse H. Jones Building | 500 McKinney St.

We're creating a Winter Wonderland for Houston families! Join us for cookie decorating, snow, a live reindeer photo op, and a special performance by the Houston Brass Band! Entry into this event is free. The event is open to the public and all ages are welcome.



Did You Know?


All library services are free with your MY Link card! Permanent Texas residents may join the library free of charge with proof of residency. Non-residents can purchase a temporary library card for $40/family, which is valid for 12 months.

In addition to our programs and events, you can enjoy computer access at all locations, indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi, reserve study and meeting rooms, take home tablets/laptops, and get activity kits for kids! Explore TECHLink, our makerspace, music & video studios, or the Library of Things collection.
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Linking YOU to the World
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Visit one of our TECHLink technology centers to bring your innovative and transformative ideas to life.


Master Gardeners Lecture Series

Valuable insights and expert knowledge on gardening and horticulture topics, helping enthusiasts cultivate beautiful and thriving gardens.


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Find out all non-traditional items that are available for checkout. Items range from kits to explore art, science, and literacy, to games for all ages, and even specialty bakeware.



The Prairie View Interscholastic League played a significant role in promoting athletic and academic excellence among African American high school students in Texas during the era of racial segregation.


Digital Library & More

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Enjoy e-book and e-audiobook service in a browser or read and listen in just 3 clicks with the app. Checkout up to 15 free items for up to 14 days!


HPL download and stream!

Borrow popular and bestselling eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults. Read your favorite comics, graphic books, fiction, or nonfiction titles. Checkout limit is 15 free items for up to 14 days!


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Get the latest fiction, nonfiction, romance, literature, or thriller titles for adult readers! Enjoy at anytime with checkout limit of 15 free items for up to 14 days!


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PressReader is the best place to read more than 7,000 newspapers and magazines from around the globe. Get featured publications with no limits or expirations!


Get Out and Vote Houston!
Get Out & Vote!
Houston Mayor's Race Goes to Runoff Election | Dec 9

Voting allows residents to have a say in local, state, and national affairs. Houston and the surrounding area is known for its diverse population, and voting plays a critical role in representing the interests and needs of our dynamic community. With various polling locations and early voting options, Houstonians have convenient opportunities to engage in the democratic process and shape the future of our city and state. Need to find a voting location? What should you know?