- What is a valid Houston Public Library card?
- Does my card expire?
- How do I renew my card?
- Why is my card blocked?
- What is a PIN and why do I need it?
- What If I lose or forget my PIN
- How do I update my account info?
- How many items can I check out at a time?
- What can I check out with my library card?
- How can I see a list of all the items I have ever checked out?
- How long can I keep library materials?
- How do I renew my library materials?
- What materials cannot be renewed?
- Where can I return materials?
- How much are overdue fines?
- Can I pay my fines online?
- What if I lose or damage something I borrow?
- Do I have to have my card with me to check out materials?
- What if I lose my library card?
- How do I get a TexShare CARD?
A valid library card is one that has not expired and has a total of less than $10 in fines and fees pending.
Cards expire after three years.
Come to HPL and bring a photo ID with your current address. You can also submit the Update MY Link Account form and we will renew your library card once we have verified your address.
More than $10 in fines?
Once solved the block will be removed.
You may send an email or call 832-393-2222 for more account information.
PINs are codes of 4 or more digits that must be used when logging in to your account or checking items out at a self-check machine.
You can change your PIN after you log in to your account online or in person at any library location 'photo ID required'.
You can visit any library location with your library card and ID and staff can look up your PIN and/or reset it for you. You can also use the “Forgot PIN?” link on the My Account login screen.
50 items at one time. Format limits: DVDs are limited to up to 30 (15 juvenile and 15 adult). Hold limits: 30 items at one time.
Books, e-books, e-audiobooks, CDs, DVDs, mobile hotspots and other devices as available.
"My Checkout History" Log into your account and check the “Show My Checkout History” box under Preferences. You will be able to see all the items you check out from this point forward. Any items checked out before this option was turned on will not show up on the list.
Check-out period is 3 weeks, with the option of one renewal for eligible items, for a total loan period of 6 weeks. Loan periods for e-books and e-audiobooks vary.
Online through the "My Account" link, which can be found at the top of every page on the website. Items eligible for renewal renew from the due date, giving you full 6 weeks checkout period. It is recommended that you make a note of the new due date after renewing or call 832-393-2280.
- Items on library cards with fines or fees of $10 or more
- Items on library cards that have expired
- Items already renewed once
- Items checked out for the maximum loan period of six weeks
- Items on hold for another borrower
- Items borrowed through our Interlibrary Loan Service
- Mobile hotspots
Any HPL location. Most HPL locations have book drops for your convenience after hours.
Please return mobile hotspots and other devices at the location where it was borrowed from.
Most items adult items are $0.20 per day and juvenile $0.10 per day.
For all other items, please see the Fines & Fee Schedule.
Yes, fines can be paid online through the My Account feature:
- Non-refundable $0.50 transaction fee is charged for online credit card payments
- Minimum credit card payment is $1
If library materials are not returned within 30 days of the due date, you will receive a billing notice from the Library. In addition to the replacement cost of the lost item, you will be charged a $10 non-refundable processing fee for each cataloged item or a $5 non-refundable partial processing fee for each uncataloged item that is lost. The same charges apply to items returned with serious damage. We work with a collection agency to send bills and collect fees on our behalf. The library cannot accept replacement items in lieu of lost items. Items returned with damage that warrants withdrawal from the library's collection will be treated as lost.
You can present a photo ID with your current address. The address on your ID must match the address in your borrower record. You may also scan the barcode from the HPL mobile app to use at many of our self checkout machines available at most locations.
You are responsible for all items checked out and all fines and fees charged to your account up until the day you report to the Library that the card has been lost or stolen. To prevent others from charging materials to your account, report your lost or stolen library card to us as soon as possible. Staff can issue a new replacement card the next time you visit the library. Questions? 832-393-2222.
Only staff at the Central Library can issue a TexShare card. You must be a city of Houston resident. You must have an HPL card that is at least 6 months old, valid and no outstanding fines. TexShare card can also be renewed at Central Library.
- A TexShare card does not guarantee that you will be able to borrow materials from other libraries. You can then get a library card from a TexShare participating library.
- In most cases, it is a good idea to use library's interlibrary loan service to borrow materials from another library.
- Texas residents and non-residents with TexShare card must first register as an HPL library card member. More information is available at Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
- All TexShare cards expire annually on July 31 regardless of when they were issued.