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This Could Be Your Lucky Day

There are two kinds of people in this world: people who hate waiting in line and people who hate waiting in line with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns. And we all know, waiting is even worse when what you are waiting for is something you really, really want. Well, Harris County Public Library can't do anything about the line for a table at Killen's. We can, however, make the wait for the book you are waiting in the holds queue for a lot shorter. But, only if you are determined, vigilant and just a little bit lucky.

How it works:
Periodically throughout each day, between Monday July 22 and Saturday, July 27, Harris County Public Library will release four new copies (2 ebook and 2 downloadable audiobook) of over two hundred of the most in-demand titles in our digital collection. If you are one of the first four people to see and checkout a copy, you know it is your lucky day! 

What you need to know:
Whenever you have a moment during the week, go to https://hcpl.overdrive.com and see if you see the book you've been waiting for. If you do, snap it up!
Titles will appear only in the Lucky Day Collection on OverDrive
Checkout period for all Lucky Day titles is 1 week

This (and More) Is What You've Been Waiting for:
For Lucky Day, HCPL's Collection Development professionals have chosen over two hundred of the most popular recent titles including these bestsellers: 
Where the Crawdads Sing / Delia Owens
Educated: A Memoir / Tara Westover
Becoming / Michelle Obama
The Silent Patient / Alex Michaelides
The Tattooist of Auschwitz / Heather Morris
Dare to Lead / Brené Brown

Cover Art: Where the Crawdads SingCover Art: Educated: A MemoirCover Art: Becoming by Michelle ObamaCover Art: The Silent PatientCover Art: The Tattooist of Auschwitz Cover Art: Dare to Lead











Please Note:

  • This is not an HCPL branch location. It is a pickup site only.

  • HCPL items are available for pickup Monday through Friday only.

  • Parking is not free at this location.  

AARP Tax Aide Returns

Tax returns, that is. Get free, friendly help preparing your taxes at HCPL.

Longtime partner, AARP Tax Aide, has opened up shop at eleven Harris County Public Library branches. 


See More for locations, days, times and document checklist.  

Listen Up: Behind the Scenes in the Audiobook Studio

Graphic - Listen Up: Behind the Scenes in the Audiobook StudioThe name might not be immediately familiar, but for audiobook fans, Adenrele Ojo is a bona fide star and chances are good, even if you're a casual audiophile, you will recognize the voice.  On November 17, you'll have a chance to learn more about this fascinating, heard but rarely seen world from two insiders. Join Harris County Public Library for Listen Up: Behind the Scenes in the Audiobook Studio. Rose Brock, librarian, educator and editor of the anthology Hope Nation, and award-winning narrator and director Adenrele Ojo will take you behind the scenes in the recording studio, revealing what it takes to record your favorite audiobooks, how producers and narrators work with authors, and what makes for a great listen.

Join us for this special event on Saturday, November 17, 2:00 - 3:00 PM at West University Branch Library. Admission is FREE. Reserve your seat now!

Harvey Restoration Update, April 22 - 28

As our friends in the Bear Creek area know, we are putting the finishing touches on Katherine Tyra Branch Library in preparation for its reopening on Monday, April 30. As you can see in the video the Barbara Bush and Kingwood branches are looking more like their old selves every day.

UPDATE: Barbara Bush Branch Library reopens May 14, 2018!

Taking the Library to the Streets: HCPL Coming to a Festival Near You

It's springtime in Houston and that means festivals and fun galore in the great outdoors. Harris County Public Library's  Outreach Team and Curiosity Cruiser with Owlbotron and Northtale will be making the rounds in the coming weeks and we want to see you!

Shakespeare Festival presented by Harris County Precinct 4
Burroughs Park (MAP)
Saturday, April 21
1:00 - 7:00 PM

Bear Creek & Galena Park Set to Reopen

We are excited to announce that the Galena Park and Katherine Tyra branch libraries will reopen this month. Galena Park opens its doors Monday, April 23 after repairs to its roof and air conditioning system. The Katherine Tyra Branch Library at Bear Creek will welcome customers for the first time since Hurricane Harvey forced it to shutter on Monday, April 30.

Work is progressing at the Kingwood and Barbara Bush branch libraries, though we do not yet have reliable estimates for their return to service.

We want to thank you all again for your patience and support on the long road to recovery.


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