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You know that you count on HCPL for the latest bestseller, free WiFi, great programming and more, but you probably don't know how much we count on you.

Volunteers make our adult literacy tutoring, citizenship classes, Book Buddies and many other programs possible. The Harris County Friends of the Library and individual branch Friends groups support much of the regular programming and special events you enjoy, including our annual Summer Reading Program. Your donations of used books for Friends' book sales support branch collections and events. In short, we could not do all the things we do without you. Please consider getting more involved with your library!


There are lots of different volunteer opportunities at HCPL. There is sure to be one that fits your volunteer goals. Want to make a big difference in a neighbor's life? Teach adults to read, speak English, or prepare to become a U.S. citizen? Want to share your love of reading with a young person? Become a Book Buddy. Just want to lend a hand at your favorite branch? 

Volunteers: Learn more and apply


We at HCPL are consistently amazed and encouraged by your generosity. Your monetary and material support are deeply appreciated. While we cannot accept your donations directly, the Harris County Friends of the Library and individual branch Friends' organizations can and will put your donations to work to improve programs, services, and collections.

Monetary Donations

Your donations can be mailed to the library and will be delivered to the Friends of the Library treasurer. Make checks payable to Harris County Friends of the Library - or your local branch Friends group. Donations will be used to support programming and for the purchase of new materials or supplies. If you are donating on behalf of someone else (honorarium, memorial donation), please provide that information with your donation.

Many companies provide matching funds for your tax-deductible donations. Some companies provide grants for employees’ volunteer involvement. Check with your company to see if they match gifts.

Book Donations

HCPL branches each have a Friends of the Library group which sells books to raise money for programs and the purchase of new books for the branch they support. If this doesn't fit your needs, other options include second-hand bookstores, resale shops, and an organization named Better World Books ( which accepts donated books in support of non-profit literacy organizations. 

Be a Friend of your Library

Each branch has its own Friends of the Library group all of which are included in the system-wide umbrella group, Harris County Friends of the Library (HCFOL). HCFOL is made up of dedicated members who support and promote library programs and activities through fundraising, grants and donations. HCFOL and all of the branch Friends are key components in HCPL's mission is to help the library enrich lives and strengthen communities through its innovative services.

For more information about Harris County Friends of the Library, visit

Friends Blog View HCPL Blog >

In honor of National Friends of the Library Week, HCPL blogger, Amanda P.

Have you ever walked out of one of the Harris County Public Library branches and thought, "Wow, that was awesome! I wonder how they can provide such great programs and services for free??" Well, I'm here to tell you that we owe so much to the Harris County Friends of the Library, a group of generous volunteers and donors who are dedicated to supporting our libraries.