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Your Houston Public Library links people to the world, through educational, recreational, and cultural programs for persons of all ages, ethnicities, and life stages. The City of Houston’s budget does not support any of the Library’s program activities. Library programs exist through the generosity of individuals, foundations, organizations, and businesses who share our collective belief in the transformational power of lifelong learning.

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Board of Directors

Licia A Green-Ellis, Chairperson

Zarine M Boyce, Vice Chairperson

Tina Arias Peterman, Treasurer

Neil Thomas, Acting Secretary

Ryan Leach

Christopher Lloyd

Sheila Mayfield

Sue Lovell

Carme Williams


Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston

Richard Carranza, Houston Independent School Systems, Superintendent

Lauren Guillerman, Friends of the Houston Public Library

Dr. Rhea Lawson, PhD, Executive Director, Houston Public Library

Sally Swanson, Executive Director, Houston Public Library Foundation

Our Staff

Sally Swanson, CFRE, Executive Director

Phyllis Hodges, MS, Philanthropy Coordinator

Mona Fluitt, Accountant

Rose Hinojosa, Program Manager

Financial Stability

  2016 Audit Report 

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Business Excellence

GuideStar Silver Participant