Become a Member

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You become a Library VIP when you are a Fan or Friend of the Houston Public Library. Your membership fuels innovative opportunities to make an impact on Houston and connects you to exciting special events and exclusive activities.

Fans of the Library memberships engage caring individuals to the causes of literacy, workforce development, technological access and instruction, and so much more. Your sustaining membership contains special benefits and invitations to reserve events. The experience is yours to explore. Membership begins at $15 a month.

Friends of the Library memberships benefit the Friends Warehouse and give you access to exceptional books and resources. Beyond the Big Bargain Book Sale, a Friend has special access to the Pop Up book sales, where they have fist pick of the myriad of resources. Find your favorite author. Find a piece of history. Each sale has new material before they are sorted for other sales opportunities.

Read Books With a Purpose

Are you looking for your next great read? You will be amazed at the selection and the bargain pricing at the Friends Book Sales. Every purchase helps support library programs and initiatives that help the community.

Donate your gently used books or even host a book drive and help fuel the process! The more books that are available the more impact they have on the community.

Donate Books

Thank you for thinking of us for your book donation! We accept new and gently used books at our Book Warehouse.

We Accept

Hardback books in good condition

Paperback books in good condition

School textbooks

Trade manuals

Antique and rare books

Vinyl Records / LPs


Cell phones of all kinds

All Apple products

Kindles and tablets

Wearable tech devices

Game consoles

We Don’t Accept

Encyclopedias 2011 or older



Damaged Books

Law Books

2 Boxes or Less

You may drop off a donation of this size or smaller to your nearest HPL branch.

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Book drives with corporations and community partners are great!


Best days to drop off books*

Hours Open








10am – 2pm


10am – 2pm



10am – 2pm

10am – 2pm

Warehouse hours are not consistent due to staffing. Please check the volunteer schedule to see when the warehouse is open.

Host a book drive

We are always in need of books! Organizing a book drive is a great way to engage your company or community group.

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Your volunteer support helps us turn initiatives and events into community successes. Choose an area interests you and then please sign our liability form before volunteering with us for the first time.

Warehouse Volunteer

We welcome all volunteers ages 13+ to join us at our Book Warehouse where we process books all year long.

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Group Volunteer

We welcome large corporate, school, organization and club groups to volunteer with us for programs, initiatives and events.

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Special Projects Volunteer

From administrative volunteering, to special events, social media content volunteering and beyond, our team welcomes your special skills to help us achieve our mission.

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