The Houston Public Library a system of a central library and thirty-six branch libraries that serve 2.1 million people in the greater Houston metropolitan area with 759.378 borrowers. In addition to holdings of 3.6 million items, the Houston Public Library system also maintains a Metropolitan Research Center and a Center for Genealogical Research. The modern day Houston Public Library grew out of the Houston Lyceum, founded in 1854 to bring culture to Houston through lectures, discussions and the creation of a library. Funding from Andrew Carnegie gave the HPL legitimacy and they soon operated with funding from the city of Houston.
What Houston Public Library resources are online?
As of this year, the HPL website at houstonlibrary.com has received approximately 4.9 million visits. Visitors to the website may check their accounts as well as search the library catalogue. There is also a calendar of special events and a list of holiday closings. As hour of operations are subject to changes, this information is updated frequently on the library website. Lastly, there is a listing of relevant databases to assist individuals looking for specific information.
How do I contact the Houston Public Library?
In addition to conventional forms of communication, the HPL has 24/7 real time assistance via online chat. There are also several phone numbers to request services such as item renewal, account information and volunteer opportunities at https://www.houstonlibrary.com/contact-us
The central library is located at:
Houston, Texas 77002
(832) 393 1313