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Freeman Public Library in Clear Lake City
The loading dock of the previous Harris County Public Library headquarters in Houston
Former Harris County Public Library Administrative Offices in Houston

Harris County Public Library (HCPL) is a public library system serving Harris County, Texas, United States.

Since its inception in 1921, HCPL has grown from a system of small book stations in homes, stores and post offices to 26 branch libraries serving a population of over 1.3 million users in unincorporated areas countywide. HCPL has a collection of over 2.5 million items and circulated over 9.7 million items in fiscal year 2014.[1] Edward Melton is the director of the library system.

HCPL operates branches in several cities which do not have library systems of their own and in unincorporated parts of Harris County. Three branches are located within the city limits of Houston, in sections that have been annexed since the branches opened. Most of Houston itself is served by the Houston Public Library.


The county library system is headquartered on the property of 5749 South Loop East.[2] It is in a 83,385-square-foot (7,746.7 m2) one story building.[3]

It was formerly headquartered at 8080 El Rio Street.[4] At a later time it was headquartered at 9220 Kirby Drive,[5] within the Corporate Centre Kirby in Houston.[6]


West University Library in West University Place
Spring Branch Memorial Library in Hedwig Village


See also


  1. ^ "HCPL by the Numbers" (PDF). Harris County Public Library. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 21, 2016. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  2. ^ "All Locations". Harris County Public Library. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  3. ^ "Harris County Capital Improvement Program Fiscal Year 2014-2015" (PDF). Government of Harris County. p. 15 (PDF p. 26/47). Retrieved 2017-05-01.
  4. ^ "About HCPL" (Archive). Harris County Public Library. Retrieved on June 1, 2010. "Location: Library Administration 8080 El Rio Street Houston, TX 77054"
  5. ^ "Locations." Harris County Public Library. Retrieved on January 31, 2016. " Library Administration 9220 Kirby Drive Suite 100 Houston Texas 77054 "
  6. ^ "Supplemental Notice of a Public Meeting Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine" (Archive). Government of Harris County. March 10, 2015. Retrieved on February 20, 2016. p. 11/32: "Request for approval of an agreement with Warehouse Associates Corporate Centre Kirby II, Ltd., for lease of space at 9220 Kirby Drive for the Harris County Public Library for the period of June 1, 2015-May 31, 2016 at an annual cost of 486,000,[...]"
  7. ^ a b c "WORTH READING ABOUT / Construction work under way on Barbara Bush branch library." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday September 20, 2000. ThisWeek 1. Retrieved on December 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "Atascocita Branch Library". Harris County Public Library. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  9. ^ Beust, Brenda. "The Dirt On Houston's BLOOMS." Houston Chronicle. Thursday March 6, 1986. Weekend Preview 1. Retrieved on December 9, 2011.
  10. ^ "[1]." Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  11. ^ "Barbara Bush Branch Library". Harris County Public Library. Retrieved 26 April 2024.
  12. ^ "Harvey-damaged Barbara Bush Library to reopen". KHOU 11. KHOU Houston. Retrieved 26 April 2024.
  13. ^ "[2]." Katy Library. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "[3]" Maud Smith Marks Branch Library. Retrieved on March 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "[4]." LSC - Tomball Community Library. Retrieved on March 9, 2018.