May. 1, 2020


HOUSTON - The Houston Public Library will remain closed through May 31, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis. HPL will continue to provide robust online resources so that the public can enjoy the library at home. 

By visiting, adults, teens, and children will discover the diverse online virtual programs, services, and plentiful educational and entertaining resources that are available for free. A MY Link library card is required to access these resources. If customers don’t have a library card, the Library is offering temporary free online cards that will be good until August 1, 2020. Visit

"This unprecedented moment in our history requires that we intentionally put first the health and safety of our staff members, families, friends, and neighbors. To that end, at the direction of our Mayor and advice of City public health officials, the Houston Public Library will remain closed to the public at least through May. Please stay safe, and stay tuned for updates regarding the status of the library."  said  Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Library Director.

HPL’s virtual programming includes storytime every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 am on Facebook at  We also have First Chapter podcasts of teen and tween books at The library will be adding additional content including craft and STEM videos, book chats, book clubs, Living English Lessons, and more.  You can also virtually visit the historic Julia Ideson Building that houses our Houston Metropolitan Research Center at, access historic pictures, oral histories, and more through the Houston Area Digital Archives at Researching your family history is still possible online through the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research Center and through access to, which is provided for customers remotely through the end of May at

Brainfuse is a great resource for many parents helping with schoolwork. Customers can get live homework help with a tutor, build skills, receive writing assistance, and more. Brainfuse is available 24/7 for grades Kindergarten through college. This is especially exciting news for parents helping their kids with homework while everyone is working from home. In addition, Brainfuse has tools for adults that include career resources, resume help, practice tests, live job coaching, ESL, and more at
If customers need help with any HPL resource, they can call 832-393-1313 and get assistance Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. or send a message through Email Reference at Customers will receive a response within 48 to 72 hours. 

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 37 neighborhood libraries, three HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.
For further information, visit the Houston Public Library at, on Twitter @houstonlibrary, on Facebook at call 832-393-1313.

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