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September is National Library Card Sign Up Month
Celebrate with us by participating in our #IGotLinked contest. Sign up to win*!
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
From author events to soccer and traditional dance, discover heritage, history, and culture at HPL, September 15 - October 15.
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A Banned Books Week Virtual Author Talk
Hear from the one and only Nick Bruel on September 20, 2022!
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Exhibits on View
Fourth Ward, Motherward, photography by Elbert Howze now through Oct. 8th and Texas Modernism(s): Houston/Dallas in the 1930s now through Nov. 5th.
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OverDrive / Libby

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Download e-books, audiobooks, e-magazines, comics, TV and videos. Get the Libby app for iOS and Android or use OverDrive or Libby in browser. (*NOTE: The OverDrive app is no longer available to new users effective 2/23/2022 and will be discontinued at the end of 2022.)


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Axis360 is an e-book and e-audiobook service. Use in a browser or get the app. After downloading the app and setting up your account, you can check out and read or listen with just 3 clicks.


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Hoopla provides streaming and downloadable movies, TV shows, and music. Use your library card to sign up and create an account, then edit account settings to add library name (Houston Public Library, library card number, and PIN before browsing or checking out. Users are allowed 8 checkouts per month and can check out videos for 72 hours, music for 7 days, Great Courses BingePass 7 days. Use in browser or get the app.


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Streaming videos including critically-acclaimed movies, award-winning foreign films, inspiring documentaries, a host of educational resources and how-to videos ranging from language learning to haircutting basics. Kanopy Kids includes the Sesame Street catalog and animated versions of popular storybooks. Check out up to 8 films per month, with a play of The Great Courses and Kanopy Kids permitting unlimited use for 30 days.Use in browser or get the app.

freegal music

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Freegal Music provides access to over 9.5 million songs and 15,000 music videos from over 28,000 labels including the Sony Music catalog. A valid library card allows you to create your account and access up to 5 hours of streaming music per day and 5 MP3 song downloads per week. Listen online or get the app.


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Digital comics and graphic novels from top publishers and creators. Use in browser or get the Library Pass Comics Plus app.

Find more Download & Stream Resources or browse the A-Z Databases!

Featured Services

Get a Passport

We make getting your passport easier than ever! Apply today at one of our 5 service locations or call our new 24/7 general passport information number 832-393-PASS (7277)!

*Some restrictions apply! 

Language Learning

Learn to speak another language with confidence. Our language learning resources not only helps to advance your career or education, but also to simply socialize better in your community.

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Explore Our History Research Centers

Visit one of our three distinct and historic library buildings which house historically valuable items specifically on African American history, Houston history, Hispanic history, and Genealogy. Learn more about our Research Centers.