About HPL


HPL is a vital member of a dynamic and diverse local, national and global community.


We link people to the world.

About Houston Public Library

We are a dynamic organization that serves one of the largest service areas – both population and area – in the country. More than 2 million residents in the City of Houston are the primary beneficiaries of a comprehensive customer-focused service delivery strategy. Our system is comprised of 44 public service units including 31 Neighborhood Libraries, four Regional Libraries, three Special Collection Libraries and four Express Libraries, the HPL Mobile Express and a satellite library located at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Our flagship facility, Central Library, located in downtown Houston, anchors this constellation of service points.

HPL links people to the world, through a broadly defined platform of educational, recreational and cultural programs and services for persons of all ages, ethnicities, and life stages throughout Houston and the surrounding region. Houston Public Library holds 3.6 million items, and in the past year served 7.2 million in-person and online visitors, answered over 667,546 reference questions, circulated more than 6.9 million books, magazines, and audio-visual materials and attracted nearly 189,050 participants to our programs. Notably, all services and privileges that accompany the Houston Public Library card are free to all residents in the state of Texas