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Houston Public Library 120th Anniversary



Celebrating 120 Years
Opened to the Public on March 2, 1904
As we reflect on 120 years of service, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering support from our community who have made us a cornerstone of knowledge and inspiration. Since establishment in 1904, your patronage has been instrumental in fostering a love for learning, literacy, and culture. Thank you for allowing us to evolve, innovate, and continue providing a diverse range of resources and services to meet the evolving needs of our vibrant and dynamic city.

You’re Invited
Join us at two upcoming Birthday Parties! Bring your friends, family, or come solo - everyone is welcome! Indulge in birthday treats as we celebrate serving our community. Don't miss your chance to grab your exclusive limited-edition MYLink library card powered by H-E-B.

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.

Get your limited-edition MYLink card at any HPL location!
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Take a brief survey to share your love for a hidden gem, a classic favorite, or a recent discovery! We will publish this must-read list as a special customer curated collection.


Montrose location changes
Due to ongoing facility and safety concerns, the beloved Freed-Montrose library will permanently close its doors Thursday, March 28th, in anticipation of the new location opening this fall on 1001 California St. 77006.


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Discover non-traditional items now available for checkout. There are kits for art, science, reading, games. Plus bakeware and our new seed library.


AARP Tax Help
Get your taxes done for free. The program is open to all taxpayers of all ages. AARP membership is not required. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified every year.


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!


Jazz & Java: Featuring Sax Ministry

Jazz & Java: Featuring Sax Ministry

April 20, 2024 | 2 PM - 4 PM
Central Library & Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 500 McKinney St.

In observance of Jazz Month, join us for a wonderful time of dance, music, and fun at our Jazz & Java event at the Central Library Plaza.


Día Day Festival

Día Day Festival

April 27, 2024 | 2 PM - 4 PM
Central Library & Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza | 500 McKinney St.

This event amplifies literacy and fosters reading enjoyment for children from diverse cultural backgrounds while promoting family reading and enhancing understanding of other cultures. Enjoy bilingual story times in Chinese, Spanish, Persian, and Vietnamese, as well as live music, games, and crafts. Saadia Faruqi, the author of the Yasmin series, which follows the adventures of a spirited second grader will be onsite to share her experiences and insights into her writing process.