Welcome! It is very important for us to acknowledge you in many ways. You volunteered to lay down your lives to preserve our way of life, and we strongly value the contributions you have made through your service in the military. The Harris County Public Library System desires to serve as an advocate for military personnel, veterans, and their families in Harris County and surrounding counties.
In this forum, we provide organization-wide resources to assist and support active duty military, veterans, and their dependents. These resources will help guide you to information such as: how to apply for benefits, compensation, pension, medical, educational, careers, and insurance. Our services are dedicated to getting you the information that is best suited for you and your family!
For confidential help, call the Veterans Crisis Hotline: 1(800) 273-8255 (Press 1) or Text to 838255 available 24/7.
New to the VA and don't know where to start? Visit va.gov/welcome-kit/ or call 1-800-MyVA411 and press 0 to speak to a live agent and get connected to the right VA experts. For information on the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center of Houston, visit Houston Veterans Administration (www.houston.va.gov) or call 713-791-1414 for more information.
Mayor’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs https://www.houstontx.gov/vetaffairs/ or call 832-393-0992 or 832-393-8147.
Harris County Veterans Services Department https://vsd.harriscountytx.gov/ or call 281-876-6600.
Go online to TEXVET at texvet.org to find numerous resources for Texas Veterans
If you need assistance with any of the resources on this page, HCPL's 1 on 1 Online Virtual Reference Service is available by appointment. 1 on 1 Online is a free service that lets you get assistance from an HCPL information professional online at your convenience. Visit our Ask Us page to learn more or make an appointment
Common Access (CAC) Readers
Many HCPL branches across the county have CAC readers available for active-duty and reserve personnel. Service members can access websites to do online training, check military email, create orders and travel vouchers, apply for billets, access unit sharepoint sites, and more. Visit our Special Equipment Checkout FAQ for locations and more information,
Military Library Cards
If you are active-duty military personnel, you can get an HCPL library card and download eBooks, audiobooks, stream video and access all of our huge selection of research tools and resources. Go to Military Library Card Application
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