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Branch Details & Services

About this Branch

We offer a wide variety of materials, programs, and classes in a family-friendly, bilingual atmosphere. Come on in!


The library originally began in 1927 when Margaret Black started loaning books from the local jail. During the 1950s, the library shared facilities with the welfare office and a clinic.  In 1967, The City of South Houston acquired land and purchased a barracks building from Ellington Field and moved it to South Houston. The library was housed in this building until it moved into its current home in May 1991.  The current building was a cooperative effort of Harris County, the City of South Houston, and the Harris County Community Development Agency with funding provided through a grant from the Library Services and Construction Act. In 2012, with the assistance of a Community Development Grant, the library underwent renovations and expanded with the addition of a computer lab. 

Available Equipment

  • Audiotape player(s)

  • Blu-ray Player(s)

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

  • DVD Player(s)

  • Kurzweil Equipment for the visually impaired with Scanner

  • Laptops

  • Overhead projector(s)

  • Pharos Computer Booking Station(s)

  • Photocopier(s)

  • Print Station(s)

  • Scanner(s)

  • Self Check-Out Machine(s)

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

Special Services

  • Citizenship Classes

  • Computer Classes

  • Spanish/Bilingual Computer Classes

  • English Language Acquisition (ESL) Classes

  • Literacy Services for Adults

  • Proctoring for Distance Learning Exams


  • Community Bulletin Board(s)

  • Computer Lab

  • Glass Display Case(s)

  • Meeting Room(s)

Friends of the Library

The A.M.I.G.O.S. (Amigos Meeting Intended Goals of South Houston) was established as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation in December 2005.  The small group of volunteers remains active in helping raise funds for the use of the library to purchase supplies for crafts and programs.  They host fundraising activities such as used book sales, the sale of snacks, candies and soft drinks that patrons can enjoy while in the library and gift basket raffles.  To join the Friends of the South Houston Library stop by the branch and pick up a short application.

Branch Statistics

  • Date Opened: 1967

  • Square footage: 6,900

  • Staff: 5

  • Parking: 20 standard, 4 handicapped

  • Meeting Room Capacity: 50

  • Public Access Computers: 54

  • Circulation: 57,269

  • Holdings: 23,544

  • Visitors: 45,483

  • Program Attendance: 6,330

  • Programs Presented: 632

  • Reference Questions: 37,317

Meet the Branch Manager

Branch Manager South Houston

Hi, I'm Clara Lopez, Branch Manager at South Houston Branch Library. My favorite author is Stephen King. At the library, we enjoy decorating the branch according to the time of year and then seeing the patrons reaction as they walk in. There is a lot going on at the library. We hope you will visit soon. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to email or call 832-927-5530.

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