Harris County Public Library

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Harris County Public Library Administrative Offices in Houston

Harris County Public Library (HCPL) is a public library system serving Harris County, Texas, United States. The county library system is headquartered at 9220 Kirby Dr in Houston.[1]

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 close to 11 million items in fiscal year 2007. 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.


West University Library in West University Place
Spring Branch Memorial Library in Hedwig Village
Clear Lake City–County Freeman Branch in Houston
  • Aldine Library - Houston
    • The branch serves Greenspoint. An expansion and renovation was scheduled to be completed in January 2001.[2]
  • Atascocita Library - Atascocita CDP, unincorporated area[3]
  • Baldwin Boettcher Library @ Mercer Park - Unincorporated area
    • Some areas near Humble are served by this branch.[2] It was constructed on donated land. It was named after Baldwin Boettcher, a German settler. His descendants deeded the homestead to Harris County. The plans stated that the Boettcher staff would assist the Mercer Park staff in finding any botanical reference books that they or the public need.[4]
  • Barbara Bush Library @ Cypress Creek - Unincorporated area
    • The branch serves areas with Spring postal addresses. Construction began in the northern hemisphere summer of 2000.[2]
  • Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library - Houston
  • Crosby Library - Unincorporated area
  • LSC Cy-Fair Branch Library (on the Lone Star College–CyFair Campus) - Unincorporated area
  • Evelyn Meador Library - Seabrook
  • Fairbanks Library - Unincorporated Harris County (Houston address)
  • Galena Park Library - Galena Park
  • High Meadows - Unincorporated Harris County (Houston address)
  • Jacinto City Library - Jacinto City
  • Katherine Tyra Library @ Bear Creek - Unincorporated Harris County (Houston address)
  • Katy Library - Katy
  • Kingwood Library - Houston
  • La Porte Library - La Porte
  • Maud Smith Marks Library - Unincorporated Harris County (Katy address)
  • North Channel Library - Unincorporated Harris County (Houston address)
  • Northwest Library - Unincorporated Harris County Cypress, Texas
  • Octavia Fields Library - Humble
  • Parker Williams Library - Unincorporated Harris County (Houston address)
  • South Houston Library - South Houston
  • Spring Branch Memorial Library - Hedwig Village (Houston address)
  • Stratford Library - Unincorporated Harris County (Highlands address)
  • LSC Tomball Branch Library (on the Lone Star College-Tomball Campus) - Tomball


See also


  1. "About HCPL." Harris County Public Library. Retrieved on June 1, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "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.
  3. "Atascocita CDP." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on october 17, 2009.
  4. Beust, Brenda. "The Dirt On Houston's BLOOMS." Houston Chronicle. Thursday March 6, 1986. Weekend Preview 1. Retrieved on December 9, 2011.

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