In the aftermath of the unprecedented Hurricane Harvey, Houstonians are surveying damages and picking up the pieces to begin rebuilding their lives. The Houston Public Library (HPL) stands with our neighbors to help in the recovery efforts of our city. The services and resources that are available at your library system include free access to WiFi and computers, one-on-one assistance with filling out applications and forms, and access to the expertise of library archivists who can assist you in preserving and saving precious family memorabilia such as books, letters and photographs that may have been damaged in the storm. You can take advantage of quiet spaces at your library to reflect or just to escape for a moment, enjoy a Yoga class, or select from a mountain of family friendly stories, movies, games, crafts and other activities - to help bring joy back in the eyes of children and adults alike, who have witnessed so much devastation and uncertainty.
“There is no question that libraries are essential to rebuilding our community. For so many people libraries are a vital lifeline. We intend to leverage the vast resources of Houston Public Library to support recovery efforts in every way possible. This is our community too.” states Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Director of Libraries, “During catastrophic times libraries are even more essential as people need a familiar anchor and touchstone in the community to remind them that everything will be all right again.”
Regarding library materials - HPL does not want you to be concerned about overdue or flood-damaged books. Due dates have been extended for currently borrowed books and other items to Friday, September 29th. As a reminder, you can return borrowed items to the library most convenient to you anywhere in the city.
Nineteen (19) library locations will open their doors on Tuesday, September 5 through Saturday, September 9 with open hours of 9:30AM to 6PM
- Bracewell Neighborhood Library | 9002 Kingspoint, 77075
- Carnegie Neighborhood Library & Center for Learning | 1050 Quitman, 77009
- Central Library 1st Floor | 500 McKinney St., 77002
- Collier Neighborhood Library | 6200 Pinemont, 77092
- Dixon Neighborhood Library | 8002 Hirsch, 77016
- Heights Neighborhood Library | 1302 Heights Blvd, 77008
- Henington-Alief Neigbhorhood Library | 7979 S. Kirkwood, 77072
- Hillendahl Neighborhood Library | 2436 Gessner, 77080
- HPLX Southwest | 6400 High Star, 77074
- Jungman Neighborhood Library | 5830 Westhiemer, 77057
- Oak Forest Neighborhood Library | 1349 West 43rd St., 77018
- Park Place Regional Library | 8145 Park Place, 77017
- Ring Neighborhood Library | 8835 Long Point, 77055
- Shepard-Acres Homes Neighborhood Library | 8501 West Montgomery, 77088
- Stanaker Neighborhood Library | 611 S-Sgt. Marcario Garcia, 77011
- Stimely-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library | 7007 W. Fuqua, 77489
- Tuttle Neighborhood Library | 702 Kress, 77020
- Vinson Neighborhood Library | 3810 W. Fuqua, 77045
- Young Neighborhood Library | 5107 Griggs Rd., 77021
HPL will be working diligently to increase services and open additional libraries throughout the week. Check www.houstonlibrary.org on when additional library locations open and opening hours. Updates will also be posted on Facebook/houstonlibrary, Twitter/houstonlibrary and Instagram/houstonpubliclibrary.
About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
For further information visit the Houston Public Library at www.houstonlibrary.org on Twitter @houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.