Harris County Public Library: A Guided Tour of the Homepage

Do more than search the catalog and request books!

Start at http://www.hcpl.net  Scroll down and look in the column on the left.

Under Menu:

Click on My Account/Renew.  Look at the books you have out or renew books.

Click on Events Calendar. Then click your neighborhood branch. Did you know that you could sign up for free computer classes and other activities from your home computer?  Also under Menu,

Click on Ask a Librarian or Chat. Did you know that you could chat live with a librarian, even when the library is closed (this is a 24/7 service)?

Under Navigation:

Click on Meeting Rooms. Did you know that you could reserve a meeting room for your group online?   You will find Click on Interlibrary Loan. Did you know that you could request a book or an audiobook via Interlibrary Loan from your home computer?


Going to the tabs across the top area of the screen, click on Books. You'll find all kinds of book related information including book clubs at various branches at various times, book reviews, and lists of best sellers.

Click on the Databases tab and Databases in the dropdown menu. This shows a list of library databases by category.

Click on Jobs & Careers for help in your job search

Click on Education & Libraries to get some help preparing to take required tests for school, licenses, etc.

Click Languages to learn English or to learn a foreign language.

 Popular databases are Genealogy, eBooks, Magazines & Journals, Kids, etc.

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