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.
During Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Public Library (HPL) opened the doors of neighborhood libraries to serve as temporary shelters, at least until the water flooded the library buildings and they had to evacuate.
Within two weeks of the storm, HPL’s team came together to open half of the 42 library locations, even as they dealt with their own personal post-storm recovery. HPL delivered much needed one-on-one assistance with storm relief applications, provided access to WiFi and computers, and even offered a safe space so that people could find a quiet refuge.
HPL staff have worked tirelessly to save and salvage what they could recover.
Just as the devastation destroyed so many of our neighborhoods, seven libraries have been significantly damaged. Some will take months to reopen, and two may be closed for over a year. The City of Houston will rebuild the buildings, and other physical construction needs.
The library’s program support comes from donors, just like you and me. All of our donations stay local and help our Houston Public Library serve the community. The total losses are still being tallied, thus the needs are approximations and actual replacement costs may vary, however your donations will go to support a full library recovery.
How You Can Help
Tens of thousands of books are destroyed.
$25 can help replace a book
Computers and other technology cannot be repaired.
$600 can purchase a replacement computer
Black mold grew on program materials.
$900 can create a STEM program kit for one After School Zone
Ruined furniture has impaired programming.
$2,500 can restore a meeting room