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Branch Details & Services

About this Branch

We at Katherine Tyra Branch Library pride ourselves in having something for entertain, educate and inspire everyone!  We offer a variety of programs for babies, children, teens, and adults. Join a social crafting group, learn more about photography, read with a dog at Lily's Library Tales--you can do that and a lot more here. Come on in!


Bear Creek Library opened to the public in May 1983.  It served the Bear Creek community in west Houston for 9 years before a tornado damaged the building in 1992 and forced a temporary closure.  The library was renovated and reopened the following year.  The branch was renamed the Katherine Tyra Library in 1999 to honor Katherine Tyra who served as Harris County District Clerk from 1991-1995.

In August 2017, overfill from the Addicks Reservoir during Hurricane Harvey flooded the branch with almost 10 inches of water.  The Katherine Tyra @ Bear Creek Library was forced to close again.  After a massive restoration effort, the library reopened to the public on April 30, 2018.

Available Equipment

  • Pharos Computer Booking Station(s)
  • Photocopier(s)

  • Print Station(s)

  • Scanner(s)

  • Self Check-Out Machine(s)

Maker Equipment

  • 3D Printer

Special Services

  • English Language Acquisition (ESL) Classes


  • Community Bulletin Board(s)

  • Meeting Room(s)

Friends of the Library

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Friends of the Bear Creek Area Public Library reorganized and transformed into an energetic group of library supporters.  To join, stop by the Customer Service Desk at the library, any of the Friends of the Library meetings, or email


  • Advanced scheduling required. Exams cannot be scheduled and taken the same day.
  • If the student is more than 15 minutes late, the exam must be rescheduled.
  • Staff cannot watch student take the exam.
  • Staff cannot disable internet.
  • Staff cannot fax the exam to school.
  • The student must provide envelope and postage to return exam.

By appointment only

Branch Statistics

  • Date opened: 1983

  • Square footage: 12,000

  • Staff: 12

  • Parking capacity: 73 standard, 3 handicapped, (and an additional 71 spaces shared with the Courthouse

  • Meeting room capacity: 58

  • Public access computers: 37

  • Renovated: 1993, 2017

  • Holdings: 60,934

  • Visitors: 151,433

  • Circulation: 368,315

  • Computer Use: 40,925

  • Program Attendance: 19,506

  • Cumulative Registration: 64,133

  • Reference Questions: 179,767

Meet the Branch Manager

Bear Creek Branch Manager

Hi, I'm Amy Campbell, Branch Manager at Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek. I love to read paranormal/urban fantasy. At Bear Creek, we enjoy engaging with our community at outreach events at places like Clay's Food & Drink, Wellspring Children's Academy and other local schools & daycares. But there is a lot going on at the library, too! We hope you visit us soon. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email or call 832-927-5590.

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