We provide library services to the Houston area that range from outreach events, technology training, classroom instruction and volunteer services. In conjunction with HPL's mission and service priorities, we strive to deliver exceptional customer service while offering programs and services that reflect our city's diversity.
Read more about Community Engagement!
- Check our services catalog.
- Request an event for your community.
- Submit your feedback after your community event.
- Our Video Playlist shows the variety of our programs and services.
- Check our calendar for events, classes and programs. Coming soon!
HPL Mobile Express
It's our "computer classroom on wheels", a new concept in the delivery of library services, bringing access to technology and a number of programs to high-need neighborhoods. Services provided include literacy programs, workforce development training, computer training, access to technology, homework help, enrichment programs, English as Second Language classes, after school programs, and library card registration.
HPL Mobile Express is equipped with 12 desktop computers, 10 laptops, wi-fi and a large-screen smart board for instruction, various programs, and more. The lab will expand the library’s services outside of the physical buildings, providing access to much-needed workshops and resources to areas with low to moderate income.
Criteria for HPL Mobile Express site visits include:
- Organization’s mission must relate to the mission and objectives of HPL.
- Organization’s programs and services must target underserved populations.
- Location must have adequate parking for the Mobile Express vehicle (dimensions: Length 42’, Width 8’4”, Height 13’6”).
- Location must allow for handicap access. (Mobile Express has handicap accessibility).
- Event or activity MUST consist of at least ten participants.
- Event request's preferred method is by submitting our request form.
- Event requests must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the event date.
- Event requests contain an option for a booth setup if the Mobile Express is unavailable.
- Must complete a “Customer Feedback” form at the completion of the program or service.
Please email requests and inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832-393-1533.
The American Dream @ your Library®
The Houston Public Library was selected as one of 22 libraries in 15 states by the American Library Association (ALA) to receive funding for the American Dream Starts @ your library® literacy initiative grant. The program is generously supported by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The grant is helping HPL expand its Second Language (ESL) class resources by securing iPads loaded with English-learning software to make classroom activities interactive, enriching and beneficial to class participants.