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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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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.

The library is still continuing to assess the extent of damages to their locations, collections, and service and program materials. The Houston Library Foundation is working in tandem with the Friends of HPL to create a recovery plan that will help restore full functionality of the library so they can continue delivering the vital lifeline of resources, technology and assistance to our Houston community.
We are now taking restricted donations for library recovery if you would like to make your donation today. We will share more information in the weeks to come.

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