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Branch Details & Services

About this Branch

La Porte Branch Library, located just one mile from Sylvan Beach, offers a Texana Collection, microfilm reader, local newspapers on microfilm (1893-2010), and a Children's Creative Learning Space.

The La Porte Library is a joint venture between the City of La Porte and Harris County. The City of La Porte is responsible for the building and furnishings and Harris County Library System staffs and runs the Library.

History

In June 1921, the La Porte Branch of Harris County Public Library started with 110 books placed at La Porte High School. On February 8, 1929, the La Porte Branch of Harris County Public Library on West A Street was completed. It served the public until 1982. The building has been restored and moved to the Sylvan Beach Depot Museum and Library.

The Edith Wilson Public Library of Harris County Public Library on San Jacinto Street was dedicated on October 2, 1982. It stayed in operation until the current facility, La Porte Community Library on South Broadway, was dedicated on September 20, 2001. The City of La Porte owns and maintains the library building, while Harris County Public Library provides staff, computers, and the collection. 

Available Equipment

  • Blu-ray Player(s)

  • CAC Reader (Common Access Card for U.S. Military)

  • DVD Player(s)

  • Floppy Disk to USB adapter

  • Kurzweil Equipment for the visually impaired with Scanner

  • Laptops

  • Microfiche reader(s)/printers

  • Overhead projector(s)

  • Pharos Computer Booking Station(s)

  • Photocopier(s)

  • Print Station(s)

  • Scanner(s)

  • Self Check-Out Machine(s)

  • Typewriters

  • USB Card Reader(s) (MicroSD, SD, etc.).

Special Services

  • Computer Classes

  • English Language Acquisition (ESL) Classes

  • Literacy Services for Adults

  • Proctoring for Distance Learning Exams

  • Tours for Schools and Other Groups

Facilities

  • Children's Activity Room

  • Conference Room(s)

  • Family Play Area

  • Glass Display Case(s)

  • Meeting Room(s)

  • Piano

  • Study Room(s)

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the La Porte Library have a rich history. Starting as a Library Board over 50 years ago, the group became officially established in 1974. It is the mission of the La Porte Friends to support the library by funding library programs for all ages throughout the year, with a special emphasis on the annual Summer Reading Program. In addition, the Friends Group fund special projects such as the Children's Creative Learning Space. Visit the Friends Book Sale room located inside the library. For more information or to join, please contact the Branch Manager at 281-471-4022 or [email protected]

Proctoring

Proctoring is available by appointment. It is based on staff availability. Advance notice is required. Test takers cannot be monitored throughout the test. Call (281) 471-4022 for more information.

Branch Statistics

  • Date opened: 2001

  • Square footage: 23,357

  • Staff: 10

  • Parking Capacity: 101, 5 Accessible Parking Spaces

  • Meeting room capacity: 108

  • Conference room capacity: 12

  • 5 Study room(s) capacity : 3-6

  • Public Computers: 48

  • Holdings: 60,906

  • Circulation: 105,673

  • Yearly Visitors: 59,943

  • Programs presented: 607

  • Yearly Program Attendance: 11,991

  • Reference Questions: 16,600

Meet the Branch Manager

Branch Manager La Porte

Hi, I'm Rhiannon Perry, Branch Manager at La Porte Branch Library. I love to read nonfiction. At La Porte, we enjoy serving our community. There is a lot going on at the library. I hope you visit soon. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email or call 281-471-4022.

Upcoming Events

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September19Thu
Toddlers

Toddler Tales

A story time for toddlers and their caregivers.
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
La Porte Branch Library - La Porte Branch Children's Activity Room