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Houston Public Library Announces Closure of Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library and Plans for New Location

by Lisa Carrico on 2024-03-27T18:07:00-05:00 in HPL News, Newsletters | 0 Comments

Houston Public Library (HPL) regrets to inform its valued customers of the impending closure of the Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library located at 4100 Montrose Blvd. The library will cease operations at the end of business hours on Thursday, March 28, 2024. 

This decision is due to ongoing safety and facility issues that cannot be resolved in a timely manner. Among the workplace safety concerns, the elevator's non-functionality renders the second floor inaccessible to the public, as it does not comply with ADA accessibility standards. However, HPL is excited to announce plans for a new and improved library facility to better serve the community, anticipated to open in Fall 2024.

During the closure, customers can still utilize the book drop for returns until April 4, 2024. HPL encourages customers to explore alternate library locations and online services for their reading and informational needs.

Construction is already underway for the new Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, which will be in the Montrose Collective mixed-use shopping center at 1001 California Street, 77006. The new location is anticipated to open in Fall 2024, providing the community with an upgraded and modern library experience and expanded hours.

Collage of architectural renderings of new Montrose Library and text: Architect: Shepley Bullfinch Architects | Contractor: David E. Harvey Builders, Inc.

"We understand the inconvenience this closure may cause, but please know that we are completely focused on providing a better equipped and more accessible library facility for our customers," said Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Executive Director at Houston Public Library.

The nearest library branches to the Montrose community during this transition period are:

  • Central Library, located 2.6 miles away at 500 McKinney St., 77002 | Phone: 832-393-1313
  • Smith Neighborhood Library, located 3.0 miles away at 3624 Scott St., 77004 | Phone: 832-393-2050
  • Looscan Neighborhood Library, located 3.6 miles away at 2510 Willowick Rd., 77027 | Phone: 832-393-1900

HPL remains committed to keeping patrons informed throughout the transition process and will provide updates on the progress of the new building as more information becomes available. 

"Although the doors may close, the knowledge and memories shared within the walls of Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library will forever endure. I look forward to welcoming customers to the new library later this year," added Lawson.

For more information or assistance, customers can contact Ask HPL customer service online or call 832-393-1313.

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