"What we remember - what we forgot - and what we never knew."

Join Harris County Public Library in its support of the PBS airing of The Vietnam War. This is a ten-part,18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. In an immersive 360-degree narrative, Burns and Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never before been told on film. Libraries around the county will offer public screenings and share the stories of this tumultuous time period with programs and presentations.

Gulf Coast Reads News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Gulf Coast Reads starts October 1! Join Harris County Public Library and libraries all across southeast Texas for book discussions and special events.

You Can Help HCFOL Help Your LIbrary

hcfol.org Network for Good buttonAll of us who lived through the recent floods will remember the devastation and loss, but hopefully the more lasting memories will be of the generosity of spirit and selflessness of the people who call southeast Texas home. Many of you have asked how you can make monetary donations to help in Harris County Public Library's recovery. The Harris County Friends of the Library have now set up an online system that streamlines the process. It allows you to specify, if you wish, how your donation is to be used, so if you want to give to the HCPL system as a whole, to your home library, or to one of the four HCPL branches that remaiin closed due to flood damage, you can.

Harvey Recovery Fair

Harvey Recovery Fair

Public Invited to Harvey Recovery Fair

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management invites residents affected by Hurricane Harvey to a recovery fair this weekend.

WHAT:       Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fair
WHEN:      Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24
                  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE:    Houston Community College – Northeast, Art Hub Gallery
                  555 Community College Drive
                  Houston, Texas 77013

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Harris County Public Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of programs and events. Join and you will go all over the Hispanic world including Ecuador, Guatemala & Puerto Rico. You will do traditional crafts, but also go high-tech with 3D printed 'sugar' skulls. Enjoy music, food & more! Click here to see some of what we have in store.

Together, We Will: How We Can Help, How You Can Help

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The rains had not yet stopped before many of you began offering Harris County Public Library your help and support. We were not surprised; we know you. Still, we cannot adequately express our gratitude for your generosity. 

When the scope of the damage became apparent, many of you told us how your library has been a constant in your lives and in your children’s lives—a source of pleasure and growth, as well as a refuge. We know that when you saw the damage and heard that your library will be closed indefinitely, it was not unlike losing someone close to you. We want to assure you that Harris County Public Library intends to bring back all of our libraries better than ever. We also want you to know that 22 out of 26 of our branches will return to normal operating hours starting Monday, September 11.  We are ready to help you, and Harris County as whole, rebuild.

After Harvey: Frequently Asked Questions

HCPL Harvey FAQs

I could not return my library materials because I could not reach the library due to high water. Am I still responsible for the late fees? 

If you return your books by September 15, you will not accrue late fees.

UPDATE: Most HCPL Branches Resume Normal Business Hours & Programming, Monday, Sept. 11.

Kids & Teens! If You Completed Summer Reading, You Earned a Houston Dynamo Ticket!

HCPL Summer Reading Program partner, the Houston Dynamo is offering a free ticket with the purchase of a discounted adult ticket to any child or teen who completed all levels of HCPL's Summer Reading Program. The tickets are for the Saturday, September 9 match against the Colorado Rapids.

Eligible kids and teens must pick up their ticket vouchers from their library branch by August 19 and call the phone number on the voucher by September 8.

The Eclipse @ HCPL

One of the perks of living in the 21st century is that we know enough about how the solar system works that we do not need to worry much about the moon actually swallowing the sun during the upcoming solar eclipse. We can just sit back, strap on our certified safe eclipse-viewing glasses and enjoy the celestial show. In case you have not heard, on August 21, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast. Here in the Houston area, we will not get the full monty, but it will still be pretty spectacular. It has been ninety-nine years since the last one. Several Harris County Public Library branches will be hosting viewing parties on Monday, August 21. Others have programs scheduled to get you ready for the big event. 

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