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Language & Citizenship


Language & Citizenship

Specially designed classes, resources, and programs tailored to Houston's international community. We have a dedicated International Services team to help you with language learning, advance your career or education, and meet neighbors right at your local library.

English Learning Program

Living English is HPL’s FREE English learning program to help you live, work, and play here in Houston.

Enroll in online classes and watch videos on demand!


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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion


Celebrate our rich and diverse community at HPL's The Living Room program. Learn from one another through cultural performances, special guests, family activities, and more.


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Access career resources, resume help, practice tests and Microsoft Office help. Live online tutoring is available 24/7.

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Online full text for many of the top consumer legal reference books and thousands of legal forms. Content offers users detailed “how-to” instructions to address a wide-range of legal issues including business law, financial planning, family law, and property & real estate.

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Get live job coaching, resume assistance, and more. Available 24/7; Powered by Brainfuse. 

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An online tool that provides step-by-step guidance on planning, starting, and running a small business or nonprofit. (Previously known as Small Business Builder.)

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Over 500 video-based courses on a wide variety of subjects, from hard and soft business skills like management and technology to law, academics, alternative medicine, real estate, homeschooling, bartending, arts and crafts. Courses are self-paced and Continuing Education credits are available. (Sign up with your library card number and create a password.  Must be 13 & up to register.)

Cultural Entertainment

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Listen to international vibes and other playlists. Sort by what's trending, new arrivals, or artists. Audiobooks and music videos are also available.

Watch Movies

Thousands of critically-acclaimed movies, inspiring documentaries, award-winning foreign films and more. Simply enter your MY Link library card.

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HPL Community Resource Center

Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative            Catholic Charities               BakerRipley      University of Houston Law Center                  A lady stretching a mask over her face

Dress for Success         Workforce Solutions

Houston foodbank                   Fourteen food cans of various sizes        SNAP

Coalition for the Homeless             Harris county housing              Homeless Shelter DirectorySearch- For a Houston without homelessness

Houston Health Department- Better Together              Houston Health Department Community Re-Entry Network Program             Department of Neighborhood Updates


MAYOR'S OFFICE FOR HOMELESS INITIATIVES             Homeless outreach team             Housing and Community Development


Mayor's office for people with disabilities            Turnaround Houston

ABA free legal answers           Texas Law Help               Houston Volunteer Lawyers


Lone Star Legal Aid

Harris Health System             Houston Health Department- Hospital Pricing Transparency              Houston Health Department


Mental Health TX             The Harris Center for Mental Health