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The HPL TO GO curbside service is easy to use. Customers can place their materials on hold at, or by calling 832-393-1313. They will then receive notification by mail or by phone when materials are ready. Once the customer arrives at a library, they simply call inside and HPL staff will deliver the materials and place items directly in the trunk of the car or through a passenger window.

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Other recently added HPL services include the reopening of its Book Drops, and while HPL neighborhood libraries remain closed, Houstonians can continue enjoying their library in the comfort of their homes. HPL has added a robust collection of online resources that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for kids, teens, and adults. Visit to find virtual programs, and digital resources including e-books, e-audiobooks, streaming music and videos, online learning, online tutoring, and more.

Photo from the Park Place Regional Library, located at 8145 Park Place, 77017, 832-393-1970. For more information on this Houston Public Library location, visit

In 1892, William Marsh Rice, a Houston businessman and philanthropist who later chartered Rice University, donated $200,000 for the construction of a free public library.[3] The facility opened in 1895 and obtained its own building in 1904 with financial assistance from Andrew Carnegie.[4] Betty Trapp Chapman wrote in The Houston Review that the city's women "were instrumental" in the library's establishment and that the educated women "had long recognized the need for a library to serve the community."[5] Julia Ideson was named its first librarian and she hired one employee. Located at the corner of Travis and McKinney in what is now known as Downtown Houston, it originally housed 10,000 volumes. By 1907, 10,000 Houstonians held accounts at the library. By 1913, the library counted seven persons on its payroll.[6] The city changed the name from Carnegie Library to Houston Public Library in 1921. By this time, they had outgrown their space and relocated several staff members to the Harris County Courthouse. A few years later, the library sold its property to raise money for a larger facility.[7]

University Branch Library patrons can park free of charge in the visitor parking area in Parking Lot 4 (parking lot in front of the library) while visiting the library. They must present their parking ticket to library staff to be validated before leaving the library.

University Branch Library provides free WiFi access to the public throughout the building. Contact the Adult Reference Department at University for more information and connection instructions to use your personal laptop at the library.

At the same time, the University of Houston System was in the process of trying to increase the academic level of its Sugar Land campus (UHSSL), for which an onsite library on the grounds would become an enhancement, if not a necessity. County officials approached the university with the idea of building a partnership library: each had what the other needed: UH had land and the county had funds. It was a perfect opportunity to accomplish two goals and to provide significant cost-savings to taxpayers, as well.In 2004, representatives from all entities met with consultant Bailey Architects of Houston, to discuss a programming plan for the project. Subsequent meetings led to an agreement between Fort Bend County, the University of Houston-Sugar Land, with participation from the University of Houston-Victoria and Wharton County Junior College, and planning began for the construction of a library on the UHSSL campus with funds from the county. Groundbreaking for the project took place on September 2010, and the library opened for business in November 2011.

"Houston is notorious for bulldozing its history. I like the fact that I can travel five miles one direction in my neighborhood to the oldest two cemeteries in Houston and five miles in another direction to the place where Santa Ana was captured. We're right next to Harrisburg which was at one time the capital." said Chris Dow, director of publications at Rice University and long time Park Place resident.

The HPL staff prioritizes safety by social distancing and wearing masks and gloves during curbside pickups. The library also quarantines returned books for 72 hours before putting them back into circulation.

There are public parking areas available at Lost Lake, Eleanor Tinsley Park and The Water Works, as well as along Allen Parkway, Memorial Drive, and city streets surrounding Buffalo Bayou Park. When parking along city streets, please pay close attention to signage, be neighborly and use the pedestrian bridges to safely access the park. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. 350c69d7ab


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