We have been humbled by the generosity of our fellow Houstonians during this difficult time for the City, and we are here to support our neighbors by getting our Houston Public Libraries back up and running so they can get vital resources and programming back into the community. We continue to think of you, we are with you and we will work together to rebuild.
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- Open Library Locations as of 9/14/17
The Foundation is back in the office and working with the Houston Public Library to identify damages and needs of the Houston Public Library system.
Per American Libraries Magazine:
Houston Public Library reopened 18 of its 42 locations on September 5, according to an email message from Library Director Rhea Brown Lawson, based on the number of staff members able to return to work, an assessment of the building structure, and the “ability to spread our services as equitably as possible around the city.” The Kendall Neighborhood branch may have taken on up to six feet of water; a full assessment is still not possible, Lawson said, because the three-story building is still inaccessible due to surrounding flood waters. The city’s General Services Department has taken active measures to counteract mold at other closed locations. Some 160–170 staff members had to evacuate their homes, although many have returned. Six or seven library vehicles were also destroyed during the storm.
The Central Library has reopened its first floor to allow access primarily to technology and programs for children and teens. Lawson said that as she walked through the library on September 5, “it felt so good seeing folks embrace services and seem at peace. There were people in quiet corners and others browsing collections. There was laughter from children and the computer area was full. We have not yet deployed our Customer Engagement mobile units across the city, but we hope to restore those services soon.” The Central Library is also providing space to the city General Services Department and Municipal Courts while those spaces are closed and offering free child care to city employees.
Lawson said she plans to reopen additional locations each week as they are repaired or as staff can return to work.
Acres Homes: 8501 West Montgomery Houston, Texas 77088
Alief: 7979 South Kirkwood Houston, Texas 77072
Blue Ridge: 7007 W. Fuqua Houston, Texas 77489
Bracewell: 9002 Kingspoint Dr. Houston, Texas 77075
Carnegie: 1050 Quitman Houston, Texas 77009
Collier: 6200 Pinemont Houston, Texas 77092
Heights: 1302 Heights Blvd. Houston, Texas 77008
Hillendahl: 2436 Gessner Rd. Houston, Texas 77080
Julia Idseon Building: 550 McKinney St, Houston, Texas 77002
Jungman: 5830 Westheimer Rd. Houston, Texas 77057
Looscan Neighborhood Library: 2510 Willowick Rd, Houston Texas 77027
Oak Forest: 1349 West 43rd Street Houston, Texas 77018
Park Place: 8145 Park Place Houston, Texas 77017
Ring: 8835 Long Point Houston, Texas 77055
Southwest-Express: 6400 High Star Houston, Texas 77074
Stanaker: 611 S-Sgt. Macario Garcia Houston, Texas 77011
Tuttle: 702 Kress Houston, Texas 77020
Vinson: 3810 W. Fuqua Houston, Texas 77045
Walter Neighborhood Library: 7660 Clarewood Dr, Houston, Texas 77036
Young: 5107 Griggs Rd. Houston, Texas 77021
Central Library (First Floor): 500 McKinney St Houston, Texas 77002