Library Programs

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Youth Success

Early Childhood Education prepares young children for scholastic achievement.

Tweens and Teens access programs specifically designed to engage them, including Brainfuse. Live online homework help, skills building, writing assistance, and more. Free help with math, writing, science, and more with live tutors.

Camp STREAM and Roboticsstudents thrive in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

After School Zones keep kids safe and offer tutoring and educational enrichment, instead of being on the streets or home alone. Contact your local library.



cafécollege Houston creates a college and/or career path for both high school students and adults.

LiftOFF Houston business plan competition encourages Houstonians to achieve business ownership.

Brainfuse Adult Learning Center provides help with resume writing and interviews and links to practice exams.




TechLINK offers broadband expansion, internet hotspots, computer access, WiFi, design and gaming resources.

TechLINK will be a new and innovative technology service platform offering technology enriched digital creatives spaces for our customers. TechLINK will provide the spaces, technology, instruction and tools and equipment for music and video production, digital animation, graphic design, photo editing, multimedia presentations, coding and game development.

TechLINK will be crafted as a learning environment with a focus on creativity, self-expression, and collaboration offering technology-based programs, classes and workshops based on current library and technology trends and community needs. TechLINK will also serve as a testing venue for professional certifications.

TechLINK will give HPL the Platform to bring emerging technologies to our customers well into future.

Tech Classes teach the basics and beyond at your neighborhood library, including special classes for seniors.


preserving the past

The African American Library at the Gregory School

Built in 1926, the two-story, 26,000-square-foot former elementary school named after Edgar M. Gregory, a Union officer and Assistant Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau for the Texas area, is located in historic Freedmen’s Town in Houston’s Fourth Ward. The Gregory School today stands as a monument honoring the memories and sacrifices of a past generation of African Americans that lived and thrived in the city of Houston.

In 2008, grown-breaking was initiated and work began to restore the former school and transform it into The African American Library at the Gregory School. Renovation was completed and the library opened its doors on November 14, 2009.

The archival collection provides historical information that documents the experience of African American residents, businesses, institutions, and neighborhoods throughout Houston and the surrounding region. As the archive grows, we welcome donations from your personal collections to continue the story.


The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Its origins began in 1921 as a small special collection housed in the Julia Ideson Building of the Houston Public Library in Downtown Houston. In 1968, the genealogical collection was relocated to the Clayton House at 5300 Caroline Street in the historic Museum District of Houston. This was the former home of Houston businessman and statesman William Lockhart Clayton and his wife, Susan Vaughan Clayton. They deeded the property to the City of Houston for use as a public library. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, the site adjacent to the Clayton House was purchased in 1986, and construction of a new library building was completed in 1988.


Houston Metropolitan Research Center

The mission of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) is to locate, preserve, and make available to researchers the documentary evidence of Houston’s history. Since its creation in 1976, HMRC has been located in the historic Julia Ideson Building in Downtown Houston. We further our mission by providing in-depth reference services using materials including the Texas and local history book collection, archives, photographs, architectural drawings, oral histories, and maps.